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Living in South Australia

Map of Australia

South Australia is a southern state in Australia bordering Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Adelaide offers a world-class education, safety, accessibility, lower living costs and a relaxed yet vibrant lifestyle. Adelaide is well known for commitment to the arts, learning and culture.

  Flag of South Australia


Public Transport

Adelaide is very accessible with a large public transport network of buses, trains and trams covering all city and greater metropolitan areas. Adelaide does not have an underground transport system.

To travel on public transport a Singletrip ticket, Daytrip ticket or an Adelaide Metrocard must be purchased.
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Currency in Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD) made up of polymer notes and coins. The artwork on the notes and coins reflects Australia’s history and natural environments.

Notes come in $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5 denominations.
Coins come in 5cent, 10cent, 20cent, 50cent, $1 and $2 denominations.

 Australian currency - coins


Things to do in Adelaide and South Australia


Visit a wildlife park

Located throughout the Adelaide hills are many wildlife parks where you can see native wildlife, cuddle a koala and feed a kangaroo. Parks include Gorge Wildlife Park, Cleland Wildlife Park and Belair National Park.

Go shopping

From Rundle Mall in the Adelaide CBD, boutique streets such as The Parade, Norwood, Prospect Road and Jetty Road, Glenelg to large suburban shopping malls at Marion, West Lakes, Burnside, Modbury and Noarlunga you will find exactly what you are looking for!

Explore the Adelaide CBD

Visit Rundle Street, the Adelaide Central Markets and China Town and the Adelaide Zoo before venturing out onto Torrens Lake on a Popeye cruise on paddle-boat. Look through Tandanya, an Aboriginal cultural gallery, the art gallery and museums before relaxing with a picnic in the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide or any of the surrounding green parklands.

Go to the beach

South Australian beaches are perfect for swimming, fishing, snorkelling or surfing – just be sure to stay between the yellow and red Surf Lifesaving flags.

Venture out of the city

Visit Victor Harbor to explore Granite Island, conquer The Bluff, and if you are lucky, whale watch!
A ferry from Cape Jervis will get you to Kangaroo Island where you can visit honey and eucalypt farms, Seal Bay, Flinders Chase National Park, Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks.
A few hours drive to the north will get you to the Flinders Ranges – the largest mountain range in South Australia – for plenty of walking trails and opportunities to spot native wildlife.

Experience a festival or sporting event

Adelaide is the Festival State and there are many festivals to choose from; Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide, South Australia Living Arts (SALA) Festival, OzAsia Festival!
Adelaide also hosts the annual Tour Down Under and Clipsal 500 as well as weekly Australia Rules Football matches in winter and spring and cricket matches during summer and autumn.

Climate in South Australia

 Months  Climate
 Summer  December - February
 Hot and dry
  25°C - 35°C
 Autumn  March - May
 Mild, some rain
  20°C - 25°C
 Winter  June - August
 Cool, some rain
  10° C- 15°C
 Spring  September - November
  20° C- 25°
Fast facts about South Australia

Population and geography
 South Australian emblems
 Major Exports
 Key Industries
  • Capital: Adelaide
  • Population: 1.6 million
  • Language: English
  • Total Area: 1,043,514sq km
  • Coastline: 3700km
  • Time zone: UTC+10:30
  • Fauna – Hairy-Nosed Wombat
  • Bird – Piping Shrike
  • Floral – Sturt’s Desert Pea
  • Aquatic – Leafy Seadragon
  • Gem – Opal
  • Colour – Red, Blue, Gold
  • Wine
  • metals
  • wheat
  • seafood
  • machinery
  • meat
  • education
  • petroleum
  • wool
  • Information technology
  • automotive
  • metals
  • food and wine
  • bioscience
  • aquaculture
  • health
  • tourism
  • food and hospitality
  • education
  • water management

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