Accommodation in South Australia

South Australia is on the south coast of Australia. The state has an area of 983,482 km ², making it the third largest state in the country. The population of South Australia is approximately 1.6 million.

The state of South Australia is characterized by deserts, salt lakes, ancient mountain ranges and fertile coastal plains. South Australia is the driest state of Australia, and a large part of it is arid and desert-like. The eastern part of the Great Victoria Desert is located in South Australia. In the northeast are three other deserts: the infamous Simpson Desert, the Sturt Stony Desert and Desert Tirari.

The only major city in South Australia is Adelaide boasting beautiful parks, Victorian homes and churches. The Torrens River flows through the city. 50 km northeast of the city is Barossa Valley, one of the best wine regions of Australia. Here you can visit the wine cellars of Jacobs Creek and Chateau Yaldara. There are a total of 36 wineries in the valley. You can also stay in a chateau or an original pioneer cottage. In January, large wine festivals are organized.

80 km south-west of Adelaide is Kangaroo Island. Catch a ferry and discover unspoilt nature and wildlife including penguins, seals and many seabirds. The secluded cove beaches are often accessible by hike.

Highlights in South Australia



Adelaide is capital city of South Australia set amongst picturesque wine regions all of which are within day trip distance. In Adelaide you can enjoy fantastic shopping, museums and art galleries, fine dining and beautiful beaches. Find Out More >

Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley, South Australia

A visit to South Australia is not complete without a visit to one of the best wine regions in Australia – Barossa Valley. Here you can visit the wine cellars of Jacobs Creek and Chateau Yaldara. There are a total of 36 wineries in the valley. Find Out More >

Kangeroo Island

Seal Bay, Kangeroo Island

Australia’s third largest island is located 70 miles south west of Adelaide. The island has several nature reserves with the most famous being Flinders Chase National Park. While on Kangeroo Island make sure you explore Seal Bay where you will find Australian sea lions. Find Out More >


Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets


Director of Pacific Island Travel, Rob Kusters shares his top picks of Hotels, Resorts and accomodation in South Australia for all budgets!

Southern Ocean Lodge *****

Southern Ocean Lodge
“This is a true luxury lodge located on Kangaroo Island. Situated on a secluded cliff. Perfect for a romantic getaway!”

Jacobs Creek Retreat ****

Jacobs Creek Retreat
“Jacobs Creek Retreat is an ideal base to relax and enjoy the Barossa Valley wine region. It is a perfect hideaway. Combine stunning surroundings with world class cuisine and wine. ”

Wilpena Pound Resort ****

Wilpena Pound Resort
“This is a family run resort located in a remote location in the Flinders Ranges National Park. Comfortable accommodation in a fantastic peaceful setting. ”

Adina Apartment Hotel **

Adina Apartment Hotel
“This hotel is in a fantastic central location in Adelaide. The hotel is an old treasury building. It is apartment style accommodation but has all the facilities you would expect from a good hotel – sauna, swimming pool and fitness center.”

More information about South Australia

Vineyard, Barossa Valley1. Barossa Wine Tour

50 km northeast of Adelaide is Barossa Valley, one of the best wine regions of Australia. There are a total of 36 wineries in the valley. Visit the world famous wine cellars of Jacobs Creek and Chateau Yaldara or make some new discoveries of smaller winemakers. Find Out More >

Swim with sea lions, South Australia2. Swim with Sea Lions

The once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit and swim with a colony of wild sealions exists in only a few places in the world, including South Australia. A swimming with sea lions tour also includes a chance to swim with the wild dolphins who inhabit the bay. Find Out More >

Lake Eyre3. Lake Eyre

Lake Eyre is a rare oasis in harsh South Australia outback and the lowest point in Australia at approximately 15 m below sea level. It is technically the largest lake in Australia but rarely fills with water. Find Out More >

South Australia Beaches4. Beaches

Southern Australia offer beaches for everyone. From a bustling tourist strip with bars and cafes to pristine secluded beaches. Find Out More >

Adelaide Markets5. Adelaide Central Market

The Central Market has over 80 stalls and is South Australia’s most visited tourist attraction. The Adelaide Central Market remains the food Mecca for multicultural cuisine and fresh produce. The Central Market trades largely in fruit, vegetables, arts and crafts, and café food. Find Out More >

Seal Bay, Kangeroo Island6. Kangeroo Island
Kangeroo Island is home to native bush land, wildlife, pristine beaches and local wine. A must visit during your time in South Australia. Find Out More >

Adelaide7. Discover Adelaide

The city center of Adelaide is surrounded by parklands and is an interesting blend of historic buildings, parks, museums, cafes and restaurants. Adelaide is easy to get around with rolling hills to the east and beaches to the west. Find Out More >

Botanic Gardens, Adelaide8. Adelaide Botanic Garden

The Adelaide Botanic Garden is 125 hectare garden in the heart of Adelaide. A great free activity to get back to nature. Find Out More >

Festivals, Adelaide9. Attend a Festival

South Australia is known around Australia as the Festival State. The Adelaide Fringe Festival is one of the biggest in the country. There are also internationally renowned food and wine festivals such as the Gourmet Traveler and the international music festival WOMADelaide. Find Out More >

Hahnhof, Adelaide10. Historic Hahndorf

There’s still a strong German flavour in Hahndorf, most evident in the small good outlets and German bakeries that line the bustling main street. Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Find Out more >

South Australia has extensive highway system so getting about by car or motorhome is a great way to explore the state. However be mindful that in the northern and western regions many roads are unpaved gravel or dirt road so extra care should be taken.

There are also plenty of options to explore with public transport, especially within Adelaide.