South Australia

South Australia is a state of Australia in the southern central part of the country. It covers some of the most arid parts of the continent, with a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi). It is the fourth largest of Australia's six states and two territories containing a fifth of Australia's population.

South Australia shares borders with all of the mainland states and the Northern Territory. It is bordered to the west by Western Australia, to the north by the Northern Territory, to the north-east by Queensland, to the east by New South Wales, to the south-east by Victoria, and to the south by the Great Australian Bight and the Indian Ocean.

The southern part of the state has a Mediterranean climate with its main temperature range being 29 °C (84 °F) in January and 15 °C (59 °F) in July. Daily temperatures in parts of the state in January and February can be up to 48 °C (118 °F).

Map of South Australia
South Australia offers some of the country's best tourism and leisure opportunities. It is home to Australia's best known wine country, including the Barossa, Coonawarra, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. It is Australia's gateway to the Outback, including the stunning Flinders Ranges and iconic experiences such as Coober Pedy for opal mining, the Birdsville & Oodnadatta Tracks and Lake Eyre.

Adelaide - is the capital of South Australia, a beautiful city of more than one million people nestled between sparkling gulf waters and the Adelaide Hills. It is the "perfect host city" and is "a gateway to some of Australia’s most accessible wine country, Adelaide is effortlessly chic – and like a perfectly cellared red, it’s ready to be uncorked and sampled," so says Lonely Planet which named the South Australian capital as one of the top 10 must visit cities for 2014. A vivacious city that relishes good living, fine food and wine and art, in beautiful surroundings, its classic Australian architecture and collection of cultural attractions such as the Art Gallery and natural history museum are within easy walking distance from Rundle Mall, the major shopping precinct.

Kangaroo Island -  is world renowned for nature based experiences. It's six times bigger than Singapore, or the same size as Long Island, New York,with a breathtaking diversity of natural environments to discover. Beautiful Kangaroo Island is a microcosm of different landscapes and environments - stunning beaches, forests, towering sand dunes and farmland. It's the place to see amazing native wildlife in the wild, with rare birds, tammar wallabies, short-beaked echidnas and plenty of kangaroos and koalas.Not to mention sea lions and little penguins.  It's no wonder that has been named one of Australia's National Landscapes.

Port Lincoln - the Seafood Capital of Australia. With a population of 15,000, Port Lincoln is the major commercial centre for the Eyre Peninsula and a popular destination for visitors. A beautiful township overlooking the enormous Boston Bay, Port Lincoln is an ideal base for exploring the coast and hinterland of the lower Eyre Peninsula. Experience amazing wildlife encounters like swimming with sealions and tuna or cage diving with great white sharks.  Sample fresh local seafood and learn about the region's aquaculture. Quality art and craft galleries with local products and souvenirs will add to the experience of this amazing destination.

Robe - has a proud tradition in shipping, fishing and as a gateway for immigrants for the Victorian goldrush. As well as the beautiful beachside town, it’s a great hub to reach the UNESCO World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves with their megafauna fossils that are around half a million years old.

Also in easy day touring reach is the home of Australia’s first Saint, Mary MacKillop, whose legacy lives on in the town of Penola, and the nearby Coonawarra wine region  which has put the Limestone Coast on the international wine map for its premium reds, with the first vines planted on the unique terra rossa soils in 1891.

 With a rugged coastline well known for lobster, farmed nearby wagyu beef is world famous. With friendly locals and a welcoming atmosphere Robe will be a destination that delivers fond memories.

There's Nothing Like Australia: South Australia