South Australia Tourism Information

South Australia tourism destinations will surprise you.

South Australia may not be quite as popular a tourist destination as Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, but that doesn't mean that there are no tourists or that there is nothing to see.

Adelaide is a lovely city with its famous beach, Glenelg, and if you like tasting wines, there are Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills. South of Adelaide are Kangaroo Island and Coorong National Park, and north are Flinders Ranges. But the really exciting part is the outback with some great deserts and salt lakes in the far north and west.  
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South Australia Tourism: Mt Gambier South Australia

The first time I went to South Australia, it was on my first around-the-continent trip, many, many years ago. We entered the state from Victoria, via the Princes Highway, and were heading towards the Blue Lake in Mount Gambier when we suddenly realised we were running out of petrol. Turned into the next fuel station, but it was closed. Next one – closed again! We hadn't thought that it was Christmas Day so of course the fuel stations were closed.

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We started stopping cars to ask if someone could sell us a few litres of fuel so we could get to a city where there were more fuel stations and chances for some of them being open. A girl stopped, drove back to her mum’s Christmas party to get some petrol for us (didn't charge of course), then took us to an open petrol station in town. I have since thought of South Australians as very friendly people.

Blue Lake, One of Three Crater Lakes at the Top of Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia
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South Australia Tourism - Adelaide Travel Information

Whoever planned Adelaide put a lot of thought into it. The city centre is laid out on an orderly grid between Hutt Street and North, South and West Terraces. In the middle, there is the Victoria Square, and north of it is Rundle Mall, lively with shops and restaurants.

Hindley Street on the other side of King William Road is the centre of nightlife. North from here is the University of Adelaide and the Botanic Gardens, Adelaide Zoo and the lovely Linear Park along the Torrens River. North of the river is the suburb of North Adelaide, again neatly planned, with a lot of parklands. Adelaide’s most popular beach is Glenelg – a seaside suburb with cafes and a promenade. The smaller and quieter Henley Beach has got a nice pub - Ramsgate Hotel.

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Adelaide is surrounded by - a lot and a lot of wine. North of the city is Australia’s most popular wine district Barossa Valley.

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East are more vineyards in Adelaide Hills, and south is Fleurieu Peninsula with McLaren Vale Wine Region, and some lovely bays and beaches.

Vineyard, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
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Kangaroo Island Australia - South Australia Tourism

The southeast coast of South Australia, and Kangaroo Island have some interesting rock formations and quite a populations of seals and wild koalas; and Coorong National Park is a birdwatchers' paradise with lots of pelicans and other waterbirds. Also in the area is the Giant Lobster - one of Australia's Big Things; and the aptly named Blue Lake – it really is BLUE.

Pennington Beach, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia, Pacific
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Yorke Peninsula South Australia - South Australia Tourism
West of Adelaide are Yorke and Eyre Peninsula, and further west is the long drive to Western Australia through Nullarbor Desert.

Flinders Ranges, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia, Australia, Pacific
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Coober Pedy South Australia - South Australia Tourism
North is the amazing Wilpena Pound in Flinders Ranges; and further north is Stuart Highway to Northern Territory, past Coober Pedy – a town where lots of homes have been built underground.

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Here's a map of South Australia with places mentioned on this web page tagged. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

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