South Australia is the huge territory in the centre of the south coast of Australia. This sunny territory packs a great deal into its area of this huge continent with the sandy dunes of Simpson Desert, the outback at Flinders Ranges and the salt-sink landscape of Lake Eyre National Park all contrasting with the unspoilt coastline. Adelaide, the state capital, has excellent sporting and cultural attractions as well as European-style cafés and wide boulevards. It is known as the “Festival State” as there is always something happening in this vibrant territory.
South Australia has plenty of things to do, particularly for those who enjoy the outdoor life. Swimming and surfing on the beaches, hiking in the National Parks and exploring Cleland Wildlife Park to feed kangaroos, koalas and emus are just some of the activities available Down Under. Visit the Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens, take boat trips, swim with dolphins or go game fishing in these warm waters. Go shopping at the Rundle Mall or head for the North Terrace to enjoy Adelaide’s rich architecture and arts culture. Dining out is no problem as there are more than 700 restaurants in Adelaide alone. Wine-lovers should head for the extensive vineyards in the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra, to tour the wineries and sample the award-winning wines.
Adelaide is the main city to visit from your South Australia holiday apartment or villa rental. With its lush gardens, wide boulevards and relaxed lifestyle it is a great place to enjoy a leisurely stress-free vacation. Visit the South Australia Museum to see Aboriginal artifacts and learn more about the indigenous culture at the Aboriginal Institute. The Adelaide Zoo is also a popular place to spend a day. Those looking for native wildlife will want to pay a visit to Kangaroo Island which is Australia’s answer to the Galapagos Islands, with its extensive local wildlife. The Naracoorte Caves National Park is one of the area’s highlights within easy reach of your South Australia holiday rental. It is close to the border with Victoria and has many stalagmites, stalactites and fossils which are displayed at the Wonambi Fossil Centre.
South Australia enjoys a beautiful climate at any time of year, although the seasons are reversed as it is in the southern hemisphere. The warmest month is February when temperatures reach 30°C (86F). June and July are cooler and wetter, averaging 16°C (61°F) by day and 8°C (46°F) at night. The driest months are from November to April.
The main airport serving holiday rentals in South Australia is Adelaide Airport which receives international flights from all over the world. It is just 6km (4 miles) from the city centre and there are buses and taxis to shuttle visitors into Adelaide.