South Australia

About South Australia

We had very few expectations when we came into South Australia. It wasn’t long before we were completely blown away by how awesome this state is. So much so, we have nick-named it “The Under-rated State”.

South Australia has amazing beaches, beautiful bushland, rugged mountain ranges and some of the most incredible outback desert we’ve experienced. We also stayed a week in Coober Pedy – maybe the weirdest town in Australia. And let’s not forget about the wine regions! It’s probably the most diverse state we’ve visited on our 3 year road trip of Australia. We absolutely love South Australia.

If you’re planning a South Australia road trip, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll learn about the best places to visit, highlights AND the South Australia hidden gems like the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. We’ve also driven some of those those iconic outback drives, like the Oodnadatta Track, so we’ve got your adventurous spirit covered.

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Getting to South Australia

By Air

The state capital, Adelaide, is the main transportation hub and is where the main airport is located. You’ll also find regional airports in regional centres like Ceduna, Mt Gambier, Coober Pedy and Port Lincoln, to name a few.

By Road

There are many roads coming into the state from the East, the Princes Highway, Western Highway and Sturt Highway from Victoria, and the Barrier Highway from New South Wales.

From the North there is the Stuart Highway from the Northern Territory and the Eyre Highway which comes from Western Australia across the Nullarbor.

South Australia is the perfect state for a road trip, whether you want to visit beaches, vineyards, historic towns or the outback.

Robe Obelisk, South Australia


South Australia has strict quarantine laws regarding bringing fruit and vegetables into the state. These restrictions are an attempt to prevent the spread of fruit flies. For a full list of what is allowed and prohibited, check the Primary Industries website.

There are permanent quarantine stations at some border crossings, and you may be subject to a spot check anytime. We simply made sure we had no fresh fruit or vegetables or plants when we crossed into SA.

Time Zone

SA is in the Australian Central Time Zone, and observes daylight saving from early October to early April each year. This time zone is 30 minutes behind AEST and 1hr 30 ahead of AWST.

Chateau Yaldara, Barossa Valley

Getting around

South Australia is the perfect state for a road trip. The distances aren’t huge (except maybe in the northern outback areas, and there is so much to see. SA is also an incredibly diverse state – perfect for driving through.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit South Australia depends on whereabouts in the state you wish to go. You’re best off to visit the southern parts of the state (Limestone Coast, Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas) in the summer time. If you’re visiting the Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy, or the outback and deserts you’ll be more comfortable in the cooler spring or autumn months.

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