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Adelaide city center, surrounded by park lands, is a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, park lands, cafes and restaurants. Adelaide is easy to get around with rolling hills to the east and beaches to the west. Join the café culture lifestyle. Adelaide has a diverse cultural mix that guarantees the food is sensational. Accommodation is competitively priced. We’re proud to be Australia’s wine capital, with numerous regions on our doorstep.
There’s the Barossa and Coonawarra (reds) and the Clare Valley (Rieslings). The Adelaide Hills has some stunning whites, then there’s McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The countryside is storybook-pretty. It is dappled in light, dotted with quaint villages and bustling towns. With some of Australia’s best cool-climate wines, the Adelaide Hills’ food and produce comes straight from nature’s top shelf. How good do our restaurants make all those things taste? You’ll have to find out for yourself!
The Adelaide Hills’ stunning views and big blue skies will take your breath away. Hire a bike and see just why the Santos Tour Down Under loves the Adelaide Hills. Discover the dream time stories of the Hills’ original inhabitants, the Permangk people. Learn about the European settlers and how their culture, food, architecture and art shape life in the Adelaide Hills today.
Some like to call Kangaroo Island a zoo without fences. Kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, penguins, echidnas and bird life all call the island home. Seal Bay is the only place in Australia where you can walk on the beach amongst a colony of endangered Australian sea lions. Kangaroo Island gives you Australian nature and wildlife at its very best.
Rugged coastal cliffs, sheltered bays cupped between steep headlands, vast native bushland and rolling hills of farmland are just some of the landscapes on offer. Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch are surely two of Australia’s most fascinating coastal landmarks. On Kangaroo Island ‘deserted’ beaches are just that – unless you count the kangaroos and sea lions that occasionally visit.
There’s the incredible magnificence of Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheater that will leave you speechless when you see it. From the grey blues of dawn to the deep reds of dusk, the Flinders Ranges dramatically change color as the sun bakes the land. Classic Australian wildlife call the Flinders Ranges home. Brilliantly colored parrots, yellow-footed rock wallabies, kangaroos and emus hide in the shade. Australia’s largest bird of prey, the wedge-tailed eagle, reigns supreme on the thermal currents.
Find Australians living hundreds of kilometers from their nearest neighbor and loving it! Take note: if you bump into someone, they’ll be keen for a chat. The locals wait for the twice-weekly delivery of mail and goods from the outside world, brought by a postman and the few lucky tourists accompanying them. Coober Pedy is where people live in underground houses and fossick for opals on a virtual moonscape. This is where you’ll find the essence of Australia.
The Naracoorte Caves are South Australia’s only world heritage listed site. Fossils of extinct mega-fauna (large marsupials) are found in the cave system. The Coorong National Park is an incredible spot for four wheel driving (4WD), fishing and boating. Birdwatchers, you’re in for a real treat. More than 80 species live in this series of long, shallow saltwater lagoons. Towering white sand dunes separate the Coorong from the wilds of the Southern Ocean.
The Limestone Coast features 20 sites of international or national significance. Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake fills the crater of a dormant volcano. The Umpherston Sinkhole features a beautiful garden at the bottom of a natural sinkhole. The Pool of Siloam at Beachport is seven times saltier than the sea. Limestone Caves can be found at Naracoorte, Tantanoola and Mount Gambier.
Australia’s wine capital features more than 80 cellar doors, less than two hours’ drive from Adelaide. The Mediterranean climate of the Barossa, cool summers and rainy winters is perfectly suited for red wine production, particularly Shiraz and a richly flavored Cabernet. Situated within the Barossa region is the Eden Valley, which also boasts a stellar reputation for premium wines. A higher altitude and cooler climate lends itself to Riesling and Chardonnay.
The Barossa really is a classic blend, combining tradition and history with 21st century luxury and creativity. In 1836, Johannes Menges, one of the region’s first settlers described the Barossa as “The cream, the whole cream and nothing but the cream.” He was right. From humble beginnings in the hamlet of Bethany in 1842, there’s a rich seam of Barossa history to discover.
The Eyre Peninsula’s eastern side has calm beaches and the warm waters of the Spencer Gulf. The west coast has spectacular cliffs, long, white, sandy beaches and brilliant blue water. Under big blue skies, the roads stretch through farming plains, raked vineyards, untamed wilderness and national parks.
The Eyre Peninsula is Australia’s “Seafood Frontier”, with world-class seafood on offer at our many fine restaurants. Matched with regional wine, it’s pure indulgence.
Experienced surfers flock to the Eyre Peninsula’s deserted surf beaches. Outdoor adventurers visit for big game fishing and shark cage diving. While you’re here, do the once in a lifetime drive across the Nullarbor, one of the great wilderness areas. Stop along the way to watch whales and their calves frolic in the shadows of towering, wave ravaged cliffs. Swim with sea lions and spend time unhurried by routines and expectations.
The Fleurieu Peninsula has a real beach culture. Surfers jog down to the water each morning with boards under their arm. Families lay on the sand, eating fish and chips. You’ll enjoy the sun, food and wine in this little slice of heaven. The Fleurieu Peninsula’s green hills are bounded by clifftops, beaches, coves and the winding Murray River. The river pans out and forms a beautiful, calm pool at Goolwa. Sit on the wharf and see boats cruise under the Hindmarsh Bridge. Sail up to the Coorong and see pelicans tilt their heads to the side, watching as you pass their nests.
Get close to kangaroos in the conservation parks. Watch little penguins come ashore at Granite Island. Feel the sand between your toes. Take a charter trip and hook a fish. Cycle along the coast or stop by the wineries and find that special drop. Between May and October, whale watchers flock to Fleurieu Peninsula to watch the giant southern right whales before they head back to Antarctica with their newborn calves.
The Riverland is where the cool waters of the Murray River feed wetlands and floodplain forests; where warm sandy landscapes are transformed into carpets of vineyards, citrus and almond groves.
Hire a canoe or kayak and paddle your way through the secluded backwaters of the Murray River, exploring hidden secrets at your own pace, or take a guided tour. What you’ll discover will be truly breathtaking. Captain your own houseboat and cruise past ochre-colored steep cliffs and navigate through the oldest lock and weir system along the river. Dating back to the 1920s and 1930s, six locks in South Australia are still in use.
With irrigation from the Murray River and seemingly endless sunshine, the local produce in the Riverland is outstanding – whether it’s from a roadside stall or a local hotel. Fishing is a popular pastime and callop, also known as golden perch or yellow belly, is a good eating fish. With endless sunshine, a laid-back lifestyle, great water sports and attractions, backpackers will see the real Australia in the Riverland.
Just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the Yorke Peninsula has a wealth of experiences waiting for you. With its distinctive “boot” shape, the Yorke Peninsula boasts more than 435 miles of coastline. It’s easy to find the perfect beach to get away from the rat race. You might even find a well kept secret fishing spot.
From the Hummock Ranges in the east, across to Port Broughton in the north, Yorke Peninsula is the traditional home of the Adjahdura people. You can still find artifacts in various townships, including Tiddy Widdy Beach, Moonta Bay, Point Pearce and Point Yorke. Take an Aboriginal cultural tour if you would like to know more about the area’s indigenous inhabitants. The region’s national parks give you a chance to take in the picture postcard beauty of the region. There are native plants and animals in abundance. There are campsites dotted around the region, as well as in the national parks. Some campsites have showers and toilets. Others have limited amenities and are more suited to nature lovers, who want to spend some time in the thick of it.
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South Australia Travel Information and Tips
Passport, Visa and Customs
Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a visa to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of visas, including tourist visas and working holiday visas, at your nearest Australian Consulate. You can also apply for certain types of visas online.
There are important things you should know before applying for, or being granted, an Australian visa. These include applying for the right type of visa, application requirements, your obligations while in Australia and the importance of complying with visa conditions.
A tourist visa is for people visiting Australia for a holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational reasons, to visit relatives, friends or for other short-term non-work purposes. There are a number of tourist visas available for people wishing to visit Australia as a tourist. Visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website for eligibility requirements. Legato Travel can issue these visa’s, furthering streamlining your vacation planning.
Customs and Quarantine
Australia’s customs laws prevent you from bringing drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms and protected wildlife into Australia. Some common items such as fresh or packaged food, fruit, eggs, meat, plants, seeds, skins and feathers are also prohibited. There is no limit on currency but you will need to declare amounts over $10000. For more detailed information go to the Australian Government Customs and Border Protection website and Department of Agriculture.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is responsible for issuing visas to people who want to visit, work, study or live in Australia. It is responsible for the management of lawful and orderly entry and stay of people in Australia, including through effective border security. It provides information and application forms for migration to Australia, and information about settling in Australia, Australian citizenship, and multicultural affairs.
The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service manages the security and integrity of Australia’s borders. It works closely with other government and international agencies, in particular the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Department of Defense, to detect and deter unlawful movement of goods and people across the border.
The Department of Agriculture manages quarantine controls at Australian borders to minimize the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering the country.
Weather and Seasons
Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of our continent. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters. Australia is also one of the driest continents on earth with an average annual rainfall of less than 600 millimeters. Like all countries in the southern hemisphere, Australia’s seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.
Australia is a country for all seasons. You can do practically anything here, at any time of year. There are four seasons across most of the country and a wet and dry season in our tropical north.
Summer in Australia, from December to February, is a great time to get outdoors. Swim Sydney’s beaches or hike Tasmania’s Overland Track. March to May heralds Australia’s autumn, a season of fiery foliage in Canberra and the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne. Australia’s winter, from June to August, offers snow skiing in the Australian Alps. Alternatively, take a winter sun holiday. Snorkel in the temperate Great Barrier Reef or 4WD through South Australia’s Simpson Desert. Spring in Australia, from September to November is the time to watch for whales and wildflowers as you explore the wineries of Western Australia’s Margaret River region.
In tropical Australia, the dry season from May to October has clear blue skies and sunny days. It’s the time to experience Darwin’s vibrant outdoor markets, movies and festivals. December to March is the wet season, which is hot and humid with daily rainstorms. See waterfalls thunder through Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks or fly over Katherine Gorge when its water levels are highest.
Australia is generally a safe destination with travelers enjoying unhindered travel experiences in terms of their personal safety and security. Our stable political system, well-maintained roads, low crime rate and high standard of health make it a safe and easy country to explore.
With common-sense, you can safely enjoy Australia’s unique landscapes – from the vast outback to wild ocean beaches and pristine wilderness. However, as with all travel at home or away, you should observe the same precautions with your personal safety and possessions.
Here you will find practical information out about the health facilities and services available and website links for more detailed information.
Travel Insurance & Medical Services
A travel insurance policy that covers you for theft, loss, accidents and medical problems before you leave home is highly recommended. If you plan on doing any adventure activities like scuba diving, bushwalking or traveling in remote areas, check that your policy fully covers these activities. Remember to bring your insurance policy details and emergency contact numbers and with you. Contact Legato Travel for questions about travel insurance and purchase your policy.
Vaccinations & Medications
No special immunizations or vaccinations are required to visit Australia unless you have come from, or have visited a yellow fever infected country within six days of your arrival. However, regulations and medical advice can change at short notice, so check with your doctor and the relevant Australian Government websites before you leave home.
Medicine brought into Australia for personal use is subject to controls and must be declared on your arrival. It is recommended you bring a prescription or letter from your doctor outlining your medical condition and the medicine you are carrying. If you need to obtain prescription medicine while you are here, the prescription must be written by a doctor in Australia.
Much time and effort has been spent in recent years to ensure that traveling with a disability won’t stop you enjoying all that Australia has to offer. If you have a medical condition or special needs, you will find plenty of services available. Speak to your travel agent about your specific requirements or visit the websites below to help you prepare before you leave home.
000 is the number for all emergency services in Australia. An operator will connect you to police, ambulance or the fire brigade. You should only call 000 in an emergency.
The Australian sun is very strong and can burn your skin in as little as 15 minutes in summer, so it is important to protect yourself all year round, even if it is a cloudy day.
Surf & Water Safety
Most of Australia’s population lives close to the coastline and the beach has long occupied a special place in the Australian identity. Australians love the water, and every day thousands of people flock to Australia’s coastline to swim, surf, relax and have fun. But our beautiful beaches can hold hidden dangers in the form of strong currents and beach conditions can change dramatically for those who are not used to them.
Popular beaches are usually patrolled by volunteer lifesavers from October to April and red and yellow flags mark the safest area for swimming. Be safe and always swim between these flags and always swim with other people.
If you intend to go diving, check with a dive operator in the locality or contact the Diving Industry Association in the state that you are visiting for information on site conditions, safety regulations, licenses, permits and diver rating requirements.
Traveling in remote locations
Australia’s outback tracks are among the best four-wheel-drive journeys in the world, but driving in Australia’s remote and rugged areas requires thorough preparation. Before embarking on an unescorted outback journey, check road conditions, ensure your vehicle is properly equipped and that you have a good map, extra provisions and an emergency plan. Make sure you inform someone of your expected arrival. Distances between towns in Australia are often hundreds of kilometers apart, so plan your trip accordingly. Be aware that mobile phones may have limited coverage in remote areas. If your vehicle breaks down in a remote area, always stay with your vehicle. This is the single most important rule of survival. Some roads should not be traveled unless part of a well-organized convoy.
If bushwalking or hiking check the length and difficulty of the walk and consider using a local guide for long or challenging walks. Check the Parks Australia website for the latest information on track conditions and hazards.
Australia’s currency is Australian Dollars (AUD) and currency exchange is available at banks, hotels and international airports. The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, JCB and their affiliates. Try this handy currency converter.
Goods and Services Tax
Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10 per cent. You may be able to claim a refund of the GST paid on goods bought here if you have spent AUD$300 or more in one store, no more than 30 days before departing Australia. Tourist Refund Scheme facilities are located in the departure area of international terminals.
You’ll find large department stores, arcades, malls, gift and souvenir shops across Australia. Trading hours vary across the country but shops in tourist and city areas are generally open until 6pm, with the exception of late night shopping on either Thursdays or Fridays in different states. In Australia you are covered by Australia’s consumer protection laws which require businesses to treat you fairly.
Tipping and bargaining
Hotels and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill. In up market restaurants, it is usual to tip waiters up to ten per cent of the bill for good service. However, tipping is always your choice. It is not custom to bargain in Australia.
The emergency number for police, ambulance and or fire brigade is 000.
Australia’s official language is English. However, being a multicultural nation with a significant migrant population, we also enjoy a tremendous diversity of languages and cultures.
Electrical power points
Our electrical current is 220 – 240 volts, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from some other countries, so you may need an adapter.
Australia’s country code is 61. Local calls from public pay phones are untimed and charged at AUD$.050. Mobile, long distance and overseas calls are usually timed.Mobile phone network coverage is available across Australia, however coverage may be limited in some remote areas. Internet access is widely available at internet cafes, accommodation and libraries.
Post offices are usually open 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, with some city post offices open on Saturday morning. Travelers can arrange to collect mail at post offices throughout Australia.
Flying is the best way to cover large distances in a short time. You’ll spend less time traveling and more time on the ground savoring Australia’s can’t-miss landscapes and laid-back lifestyle. Australia’s domestic airlines – Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Rex and their subsidiaries – serve all state capital cities and regional cities. Competition amongst domestic airlines means that great fares are available.
Australia has a vast network of well-maintained roads and some of the most beautiful touring routes in the world. Travel from Sydney to Brisbane past sleepy seaside towns and lush hinterland. Experience Australia’s Red Centre in an epic drive across the desert. Or follow Victoria’s Great Ocean Road as it hugs our spectacular south-east coast. You’ll find car rental companies at major airports, central city locations, suburbs and resorts. So hire a car, four wheel drive, caravans or motorbike and hit the highway.
- Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road, with the steering wheel on the right-hand side of the car. The maximum speed limit in cities and towns is 60km/h and 50km/h in some suburban areas. On country roads and highways, the maximum speed is usually 110km/h. For your safety, drink-driving laws apply, and drivers and passengers must wear seat belts at all times. Motor cyclists and cyclists must wear helmets. An international visitor may drive in Australia on a valid overseas driver’s license for the same class of vehicle. You should carry both your home license and international license when driving.
Coach and bus travel in Australia is comfortable, easy and economical. Coaches generally have air conditioning, reading lights, adjustable seats and videos. Services are frequent, affordable and efficient. Australia’s national coach operator, Greyhound, offer passes to fit every budget.
Train travel is a convenient, affordable and scenic way to explore Australia. Interstate and intra-state rail services connect our cities and regional centers, while cross-country train trips offer a unique insight into Australia’s size and diversity. Traveling options range from budget to luxury, and a range of rail passes can reduce your costs if you plan to see large sections of the country.
Australia also has epic rail journeys such as The Ghan and Indian-Pacific, which sweep across the continent, offering comfort and a sense bygone romance. The Indian-Pacific travels between Sydney to Perth, stopping for whistle-stop tours of Broken Hill, Adelaide and gold-rich Kalgoorlie. The legendary Ghan travels between Adelaide and Darwin, taking in Australia’s Red Centre and the tropical Top End.
All of Australia’s capital cities are served by a wide variety of public transport, including trains, buses, ferries, monorail, light rail and trams. Taxis charge according to their meter.
The Spirit of Tasmania runs a passenger and vehicle ferry service between Melbourne and Tasmania nightly. Extra services are running during summer peak times. Sealink ferries connect South Australia and Kangaroo Island several times a day. Ferries connect suburbs in our capital cities – they criss-cross Sydney Harbour, the Swan River in Perth and the Brisbane River in Brisbane.
Walking is a great way to get around our cities, so get ready to pound our wide, easy-on-the-feet pedestrian streets. You can also tackle some of the longest tracks and trails in the world in Australia – impressive journeys of a thousand kilometers or more that can take several weeks to complete.