South Australia & the Southern Outback

Why you should visit South Australia and The Southern Outback

  • Sample world-class wines in the Barossa and Clare Valleys vineyards
  • Take a scenic flight over the Flinders Ranges
  • Enjoy a cold beer watching kangaroos graze as the sunsets
  • Swim with sea lions at Bairds Bay
  • Explore dramatic coastline and secluded beaches on Kangaroo Island

Our specialists 'Must Do'

Don't miss out on the Kangaroo Island Farmer's Market - held the first Sunday of each month. The islands top food producers gather and offer delicious seasonal, farm gate and artisan food. Tastings, breakfast, coffee and a great village atmosphere are all on offer.

A little more about South Australia and The Southern Outback

South Australia's outback covers 80% of the state yet is home to just 1% of its population. A visit to South Australia is to visit a land of extreme contrasts from arid cattle grazing country, to the seasonal wetlands of the Coongie Lakes and the environmentally diverse Kangaroo Island.

Buffeted by the waves of the Southern Ocean, Kangaroo Island boasts some of Australia's most spectacular coastline and a wildlife population protected from the predations of introduced species. A mix of small townships, rural land and wilderness, Australia’s third largest island offers some of the best wildlife viewings in the country.

The Flinders Ranges offers some of the most accessible and spectacular outback scenery in Australia with a long Aboriginal history and ancient fossil sites. Staying on an outback sheep station is the perfect way to experience this area for those looking for a holiday off the beaten track. On the grasslands of the Gawler Ranges, you can witness one of Australia's greatest wildlife spectacles: great mobs of kangaroos and emus dot the grasslands and springtime brings a profusion of wildflowers to the region.

The Eyre Peninsula, ringed by the Southern Ocean, boasts 2,000 kilometres of wild and unpopulated coastline and wildlife as unique and varied as the landscape. Pods of dolphins, sometimes over a hundred strong, are visible from the cliff tops while the shallows of Baird Bay provide a remarkable wildlife experience where guests have the chance to join wild sea lions and dolphins in the water.

The capital of the region, Adelaide, is superbly set beside the River Torrens and close by are the wine regions of the Barossa and Clare Valleys.

When to go to South Australia

South Australia can be visited for most of the year but the best time is from October to May. Kangaroo Island has a Mediterranean climate so is a pretty good destination year round, with the exception of June to September when it could be cold and wet - that said the wildlife in the winter is great and luxurious accommodation such as Southern Ocean Lodge have beautiful open fires.

The Southern Outback ranges can get extremely hot during the summer months from October to March and temperatures can reach freezing at night and in the early mornings during winter, from June to September.

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