South Australia is the southern central state of Australia. It encompasses a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres and is the fourth largest Australian state and territory. South Australia is bordered 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. The state capital is Adelaide. Other notable cities in South Australia are Port Pirie, Victor Harbor, and Port Lincoln.
What to see & do
Barossa Valley - Barossa Valley is a major wine-producing region and a popular tourist destination, located 60 kilometres northeast of Adelaide. The region boasts of many hectares of vineyard, as seen from the Mengler Hill lookout point. The wine industry in Barossa Valley is celebrated biennially (in odd-numbered years) through the week-long Barossa Vintage Festival. The festival marks the completion of the year's vintage season at the end of March and the beginning of April, with wine-themed events and activities such as wine tastings and competitions.
Adelaide Festival Centre - Sydney Opera House may be more famous, but it's not the only multi-venue arts centre in the country. Built also in 1973 but opened three months before Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Festival Centre was the first multi-purpose arts centre of Australia. The venue hosts the annual Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June, the biennial Adelaide International Guitar Festival in July, and the OzAsia Festival in September, among others. The Festival Centre Plaza features an outdoor collection of sculptures.
Adelaide Zoo - First established in 1883, Adelaide Zoo is the second oldest zoo in the country and the only non-profit Australian zoo. It houses over 1,800 animals of about 300 native and exotic species. The zoo is divided into several exhibits: Asian Region, Australian Region, Jewels of Asia Aviary, Children's Zoo, African Region, South American Region, Tamarin House, Australian Habitat Aviaries, Australian Bush Aviaries, and Envirodome. Additionally, the most prominent exhibit is the panda exhibit, featuring two giant pandas named Wang Wang and Funi.
How to get around
South Australia may be a large state, but getting around is easy thanks to the numerous public transportation options. For starters, Adelaide has trains, trams, and buses that go around the city. There is also free tram service around the city centre, between North Terrace and South Terrace. In addition to local buses, Adelaide has the world's first solar-powered electric bus. Buses with statewide regional and intrastate routes are also plenty. Interstate train service is limited but available for selected areas such as Adelaide, Melbourne, Alice Springs, and Darwin. Regional operators offer scheduled air services between the major regional centres in South Australia for faster journeys.
How to get there
The primary air passenger gateway into South Australia is Adelaide Airport. International access to Adelaide is provided by Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Pel-Air, and Singapore Airlines from Auckland, Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. Frequent services from Australia's capital cities to Adelaide are provided by Alliance Airlines, Cobham, Jetstar Airways, Qantas, QantasLink, Regional Express Airlines, Tigerair Australia, and Virgin Australia.