Australia & South Pacific

South Australia Holidays


  • Adelaide and the River Torrens
  • An aerial view of the majestic Wilpena Pound
  • Sun rise over the Clare Valley
  • Home to Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Jacobs Creek
  • Cliffs on the Murray River
  • The Breakaways - Coober Pedy
  • Kangaroos on clifftop at Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island
  • Seal Bay is an amazing experience on Kangaroo Island
  • A Scenic Vineyard in South Australia
  • Sturt's Desert Pea
  • Danger Sign at Coober Pedy

The capital of South Australia is Adelaide, a charming boutique city, easy to walk around with its natural beauty reflected in its parks and historical architecture. For culture buffs, the South Australia Museum is well worth a visit with its interesting aboriginal artifacts and the Art Gallery of South Australia has an excellent collection of masterpieces.

Close to Adelaide, is the famous Barossa Valley, a world class wine region located only 70 kilometres/45 miles north east from Adelaide and is Australia’s best known wine producing region with more than 150 wineries.

Also from Adelaide, one can take a short flight or ferry ride to Kangaroo Island, an animal paradise where you can enjoy koalas and seals at Seal Bay, discover unique wildlife and get close to kangaroos all living in their natural habitat.

Adelaide is the starting point from which visitors can travel on the very special Indian Pacific or The Ghan trains, the former travelling west to Perth and the latter travelling north to Alice Springs and Darwin, both offering great ways to see the wild yet scenically diverse Australian countryside.

At Goway we think it is important to include one of our South Australia holidays on your trip. We don't want you to miss out on some of Australia's finest treasures.

 

State of South Australia Quickfacts 

Origin of Name: First used as part of the South Australian Land Company founded in 1831.
Capital: Adelaide
Floral Emblem: Sturts Desert Pea
Faunal Emblem: Hairy Nosed Wombat
Gemstone: Opal
State Flag:

Blue with the Union Jack and the badge of a rising sun containing Australian magpie perched on the branch of a gum tree.

State Motto: "United for the common wealth (good)!"
Location: The State of South Australia is flanked on the West, North and East by common boundaries with all mainland States, and to the south by the Southern Ocean.
Area: With a total area of 984,377 km2, South Australia represents one eighth of the area of the Australian continent.
Landform: South Australia is a land of generally low relief, the inland area being largely covered by plains, sand and gibber deserts. Approximately 50% of the State is less than 150 metres above sea level and over 80% less than 300 metres. Even the dominant mountains, the Mt.Lofty/Flinder Ranges system, nowhere exceed 1200 metres.
Population: 1,497,600 (2000 est)- with the majority of people living in urban Adelaide (65.5%). With the exception of urban Adelaide and Whyalla, no centre has a population of more than 20,000.

Approximately: Urban Adelaide 1,092,900 (2000 est).
Climate: Warm temperate, with relatively mild nights and cool but not severe winters. This is the driest of the Australian States and Territories with just over 80% of the State receiving an average of less than 250 millimetres of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the months of May to August.
Adelaide: Adelaide, the Festival City, is widely regarded as the best planned city in Australia. Since the construction in 1970 of a magnificent arts complex on the banks of the Torrens River, Adelaide has been the proud host of a biennial cultural festival that is known throughout the world.
Shopping: With 80 percent of the world's opals mined in South Australia, Adelaide is an outstanding outlet for a wide variety of opal products, including solid gem stones and jewelry. In addition, South Australia is the largest producer of Australian wines, many of which have gained international prominence. The compact nature of the city makes shopping in Adelaide a treat. Most major shopping centres connect with Rundle Mall, a colourful shopping arcade with department stores, shops and specialty boutiques.

 


 

  • Classic South Australia

    Get to know Adelaide then embark on a cruise along the Murray River. See a host of Australian wildlife, learn about Aboriginal culture and visit Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Island.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,500
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Highlights and Wildlife

    Experience the historic side of Sydney before exploring the wildlife of Kangaroo Island. Visit Australia’s world renowned wineries followed by stops at Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,634
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
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  • Trans Continental Classic

    Travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean (or vice versa). Visit Sydney and Canberra, spend time aboard the ‘Indian Pacific’ train, and explore Adelaide and Kangaroo Island.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,252
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Rail Travel
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  • Adelaide to Alice Springs

    Take the chance to get off the beaten track by spending seven days exploring the iconic highlights of South Australia and the Northern Territory, combining camping and budget accommodation.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,250
    Trip Type:
    18 to 30 Somethings, Active & Adventurous, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Adelaide to Alice Springs 4WD Self Drive

    Driving from Adelaide to Alice Springs provides a chance to see some of Australia’s most unique sights. Visit Wilpena Pound, Parachilna and Coober Pedy before arriving at iconic Ayers Rock.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Self Drive Itinerary Ideas
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  • Adelaide to Darwin 4WD Self Drive

    Drive from the bottom of Australia to the top, encounter unique sights at every turn. Visit national parks and icons and simply enjoy the drive with Australia’s scenery as your backdrop.
    Duration:
    16 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Self Drive Itinerary Ideas
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  • Adelaide/Barossa Valley

    Explore Adelaide, a small elegant city with colonial architecture, an abundance of parkland and a Mediterranean climate. Next visit Barossa Valley, Australia’s largest wine growing area.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 317
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, Adelaide

    Depart on The Ghan for an unforgettable trip through the Outback. In Coober Pedy, stay at the world’s first international underground hotel, learn about opals and see the Painted Desert.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,728
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Rail Travel
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  • Aussie Outback Discovery

    Sample Australia’s finest wines, take the historic Ghan to the red heart of the Outback, and end your journey in glistening Sydney.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,499
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Getaways
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  • Best of the Outback - Adelaide to Darwin

    Recreate one of Australia’s great outback journeys from culture-loving Adelaide to historic Darwin.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,896
    Trip Type:
    Motorcoach Tours
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  • Classic Aussie Rail Spectacular

    Explore the Australian outback aboard a luxury train, then round off your journey at the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Rail Travel
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  • Dolphin Cruise & Swim

    Dolphins are one of the Earth’s most fascinating creatures. Join a morning cruise and enjoy a truly once in a lifetime chance to swim with the dolphins from 3 or 4 different pods.
    Duration:
    3 Hours
    Prices From:
    US$ 96
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Fleurieu Food, Wine & Wildlife

    Travel to the McLaren Vale Wine Region then to the coastal town of Goolwa for lunch. Enjoy seasonal whale watching opportunities, take a ride on a horse-drawn tram and see Blue penguins.
    Duration:
    8 Hours
    Prices From:
    US$ 425
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Flinders Ranges and Outback

    Follow in the footsteps of South Australia’s early explorers on this outback adventure.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,211
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Locally Escorted Tours, Small Group Tours
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  • Great Aussie Outdoors

    Australia’s south east corner is a fascinating blend of history, scenery and wildlife. Explore the best of three states on this unforgettable and highly educational journey.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations
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  • Highlights of Kangaroo Island (Boutique)

    Three full days of touring offers a comprehensive overview of the scenic highlights and wildlife of Kangaroo Island. With a local guide, seek out sea lions, koalas, kangaroos and wallabies.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,678
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Highlights of Kangaroo Island (Hotel)

    Three full days of touring offers a comprehensive overview of the scenic highlights and wildlife of Kangaroo Island. With a local guide, seek out sea lions, koalas, kangaroos and wallabies.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,260
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Tours
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  • Insiders Adelaide Walking Tour

    Choosing from four themes: Adelaide Market Culture, Classic Adelaide – Culture and Heritage, East End Pub Culture and West End Art and Culture, gain insight into Adelaide from local guides.
    Duration:
    4 Hours
    Prices From:
    US$ 192
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Kangaroo Island Day Tour - 4WD

    Just a 30 minute flight from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is a haven for Australia’s wildlife. Explore the island by 4WD and view animals like sea lions, koalas and of course, kangaroos.
    Duration:
    9 Hours
    Prices From:
    US$ 384
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Kangaroo Island Day Tour - Coach

    Just a 30 minute flight from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is a haven for Australia’s wildlife. Here you will have the opportunity to view sea lions, koalas and of course, kangaroos.
    Duration:
    16 Hours
    Prices From:
    US$ 248
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Kangaroo Island in Style

    Discover South Australia’s most diverse natural treasure in style.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,390
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Small Group Tours, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Kangaroo Island – Australia’s Galapagos

    South Australia’s most diverse natural treasure.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 501
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
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  • Melbourne to Adelaide

    Join a tour of the spectacular sights along the Great Ocean Road, hike the rugged trails of Grampian National Park and get close to some of Australia’s unique and distinctive wildlife.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 458
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Murray River Cruise (4 Day)

    Step aboard Murray Princess and experience the ultimate outback riverboat adventure. Explore a timeless landscape, observe native wildlife close at hand and visit historic river ports.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 883
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Murray River Cruise (5 Day)

    Step aboard Murray Princess and experience the ultimate outback riverboat adventure. Explore a timeless landscape, observe native wildlife close at hand and visit historic river ports.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,221
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Independent Travel Modules
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