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South Australia is one of the most livable cities in the world. No wonder many people consider moving permanently to South Australia!

If the beauty and life of Australia appeals to you, then you must consider visiting or moving to South Australia, which is stunning, relaxed and warm.

Introduction to South Australia

As the name suggests, South Australia is located in the south of the Australian continent, with Victoria and New South Wales on the east and Western Australia on the west. South Australia is one of the largest states in Australia with 983,482 square kilometers of land space, and is notably a dry region. However, in spite of the dry climate, it continues to have a population of 1.6 million people and covers a tenth of Australia, but is ranked fifth amongst other Australian territories.

In 1834, it was divided and separated from New South Wales and publicly declared a colony without the subjection of a penal code. This action prompted the immigration and freedom of settlers from England to move and settle down in the state. Gradually, news spread and visitors flocked from all over Europe, especially from Ireland, Italy, Germany, Greece and Poland. The state includes the third largest island, the Kangaroo Island that is situated south from the mainland.

Today, it is regarded as an active political stage; it has remained socially and culturally vivacious for ages, with many festive occasions and products. It is the home of world-class wines, relaxed life style, scenic and untouched landscape and very hospitable people.

Regions of South Australia

It is a large state with enormous open land and spaces that extend from the coastal districts and towns to the semi-arid deserts. Life is relaxed in South Australian and the population is denser towards the southern and eastern regions of this state.


Adelaide, South Australia’s capital, has a population of over a million. It is Australia’s fifth biggest city; it is popular for its sandy shallow swimming beaches, marvelous arts events, nightlife, fine dining, cafeterias, boutique shopping venues and ethnic architecture. The wine growing regions of Adelaide are Barossa Valley and Clare Valley that are centrally located.

Barossa Valley

One of South Australia’s main wine producing regions on the mainland is the Barossa valley. It is one of the fastest expanding regions in Australia and is just an hour’s drive from Adelaide.

The town has a landmark German face with its rooftops sloping steadily over the remains of the old town. The influence from the German culture can be found almost everywhere you go around the town, beginning from meat stalls such as the old-fashioned sausages, Bratwurst and Mettwurst. If you go a bit inwards, the semi-arid dry regions, typical cakes, cream buns and pan cakes are common, and provide an Anglo Scottish touch to this region. Throughout these regions, people belong to the Lutheran sect and this fact is quite evident from the architectural sweet spots of the Churches. Wine production is a family trait and has been passed on to generations such as the famous Roseworthy College for Wine Making Studies.

Clare Valley

Is the oldest wine-producing region of Australia and is home to a vibrant society, strong economy and countryside community. It is a beautiful aesthetic town with scenic hills and stone built masonry buildings that attract tourists from all over the world. Most visitors travel to this region to get a glimpse of its rustic atmosphere and beauty. Clare valley also draws the attentions of visitors through its boutique wineries, treed landscapes, excellent stone buildings and spectacular local cuisine.

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale is located to the South of Australia, near Aldinga, Willunga nearby Middleton, Victor Harbor, Goolwa and Port Elliot. It is one of the finest wine producing regions in Australia that claim to have the choicest of wineries, boutique stores and some unique gourmet restaurants.

Kangaroo Island

Just 120 kms south of Adelaide city, near the mouth of the Gulf of St. Vincent, Kangaroo Island is regarded as one of the most significant islands of Australia. It is closer to the Cape of Jervis and just 13 kilometers away from Fleurieu Peninsula. It is believed that thousands of years ago, the mainland separated and formed an island that resulted in the disappearance of the Aboriginal people. Towards the 19th Century, settlers occupied the land mass and the island transformed into an agricultural produce, further giving rise to Lobster fishery and tourism. Kingscote is the administrative headquarters of this region. Many national parks are located in this island, Flinders Chase National Park being the best-known park.

Fleurieu Peninsula

Is located in the southern region of Australia; to be very precise, it is towards the south east of Adelaide. French explorer, Nicolas Baudin named and landmarked it in 1802 after the French explorer, Charles Pierre Claret de Fleurieu. Some of the renowned towns and districts of this region are Mount Compass, Victor Harbor, Normanville, Rapid Bay, Goolwa, Willunga, McLaren Vale, Hindmarsh Valley, Inman Valley and South Australia. Both the Mid South Coast and the South Coast are surfing points that have been frequently used by surfers. Famous spots include Seaford, Waitpinga, Middleton and Moana. There is a daily ferry that transports tourists between Cape Jervis and Kangaroo Island.


Is located in the lower region of the Murray River in the south of Australia, and this region extends from Blanchetown to Wellington. This town has a population of 65,000 and the main towns are Mannum and Murray Bridge.

Limestone Coast

Limestone Coast is a paragon of natural wonders. It is especially known for the never-ending, surreal beaches. It is also home to Australia’s finest wines and ancient caves.

Geography of South Australia

South Australia is famous for its arid and semi-arid deserts. Mount Lofty-Flinders, that is located at about 800 kilometers north of Lake Torrens and Cape Jervis, is the most popular range. Mount Woodroffe, which is located in the Musgrave Ranges, is 1,435 meters (4,708 ft.) high and is towards the south of the poorly inhabited Nullarbor Plain.

Climate of South Australia

This southern part of the Australian state experiences a Mediterranean climate. Its average day temperature ranges between 29 °C (84 °F) in January, 15 °C (59 °F) in July and 48 °C (118 °F) in the month of February.

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