General information for South Australia. South Australia is situated in the southern central part of Australia, covering some of the most arid parts of the continent. The fourth largest of Australia's six states and two territories, South Australia enjoys friendly people, an unspoilt environment and a very relaxed pace of life. Come and enjoy a South Australia holiday.

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Image Source: South Australian Tourism Commission. Kangaroo Island
Remarkable Rocks At Sunset
Kangaroo Island
© Adam Bruzzone/SATC
Image Source: South Australian Tourism Commission. Bushwalking, Murraylands, South Australia
Bushwalking
Murraylands
© SATC

The state of South Australia is situated 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, it is the fourth largest of Australia's six states and two territories.

With over 1.6 million people, the state comprises less than 8% of the Australian population and ranks fifth in population among the states and territories. The majority of its people reside in the state capital, Adelaide, with most of the remainder settled in fertile areas along the south-eastern coast and Murray River.

The state also includes Kangaroo Island, Australia's third largest island which lies off the coast of the mainland in the south-east of the state.

South Australia is known for its festivals and fine produce. With world-class wine and other produce, friendly people, unspoilt environment and a very relaxed pace of life, South Australia offers the break that you may have been looking for.

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia, and is known for its festivals and fine wines.

Popular destinations include:

Flight Times

The main air gateway into South Australia is Adelaide Airport, which has most domestic and all international flights direct into the state. International flights direct into Adelaide include those from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and New Zealand. There are regular domestic flights into Adelaide from all Australian capital cities.

Mount Gambier Airport in the far south-east of the state has services from Melbourne, flown by Regional Express.

Time Differences

South Australia is 9 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). During summer South Australia observes 'daylight savings', where clocks are put an hour forward to GMT +10.5.

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