The isolated Flinders Ranges, a vast area of plains,
gorges and desert, located some 450 kilometres (280 miles) north
of Adelaide, provides 1 of Australia’s best gateways to the
outback. The well known Heysen Trail, the longest trail in Australia,
begins at Cape Jervis and winds its way north through
scenic coastal areas to the Flinders Ranges.
Bush walkers can also head to the Wilpena Pound,
a natural amphitheatre 16 kilometres (10 miles) long and 6 kilometers
(3.7 miles) wide, with a possible 2 day itinerary along well marked
tracks, or on a 1 day climbing expedition to St Mary’s
Peak, a trek best tackled between May and October, when
temperatures are milder and water more readily available (permits
can be obtained from the ranger on site).
More experienced walkers can attempt longer walks to the Gammon
Ranges National Park, further north, the Flinders
Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island, or the Deep Creek
Conservation Park south of Adelaide.
For further information please contact the Department of
Environment and Heritage:
Address: GPO Box 1047, Adelaide SA 5001
Telephone: (8) 8204 9000
Facsimile: (8) 8204 1919
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website address: www.environment.sa.gov.au
The 3rd largest river in the world, the River Murray, winds its
way through South Australia, providing opportunities for cruises,
sailing, houseboat hire and water skiing.
The coast offers brilliant diving facilities, with
the best sites situated near Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln,
Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula and several offshore islands and
It is achievable to wreck dive and also dive with Great White Sharks.
The best time to go diving is between December and May. Whale
watching is possible on the Fleurieu Peninsula around Victor
Harbor and on the Nullarbor coast, where great colonies of Southern
Right whales breed from June to October.
is also good, and South Australia has a particularly abundant population
of large snapper (with Whyalla, 397 kilometres / 247 miles northwest
of Adelaide, being the best region). Freshwater fishing
can be undertaken on the Wakefield and Murray rivers.
Game fishing is finest around Kangaroo Island and
Port Lincoln, the latter being known for its large concentration
of giant great white pointer sharks. For surfing
enthusiasts, South Australia offers uncrowded beaches and brilliant
waves, particularly at Victor Harbor, Kangaroo Island and the more
remote Yorke and Eyre peninsulas (with Eyre’s Cactus Beach
attracting surfers from all over the world). The numerous deserted
islands and beaches throughout the Spencer Gulf offer several opportunities
for sailing cruises.
popular in the Barossa Valley, while the coast south of Adelaide
is 1 of Australia’s major regions for hang gliding.
Caving is popular in the south east and on Eyre
Peninsula. It is achievable to swim in an underground
lake in the Nullabor caves.
Over 70 % of Australia’s wine exports come from South Australia,
where many of the region’s wineries and cellars are open for
tasting's. The famous Tasting Australia wine and food festival is
held bi annually. For further information on the main wine growing