Why backpack in South Australia?

If you've climbed the bridge, circled the rock and snorkelled the reef... it's time to see the real Australia. Imagine a wild night in an outback pub, chatting with the townsfolk of Parachilna (population four).

Hike around Kangaroo Island. This amazing wildlife haven is a short trip from mainland South Australia.  

Grape picking, Barossa, South Australia

Pick grapes during the crazy 'vintage' season in the beautiful Barossa. It’s hard yakka (work), fair pay and a chance to kick back with the locals. Visit our famed wineries in the Barossa, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra.

It’s an adventure

Dive wrecks, go cage diving with sharks, kayak in wetlands, surf sand dunes, camp in the desert and play nine holes over The World's Longest Golf Course (it is 1,300 kilometres long). Stay in an underground hotel in the outback opal mining town of Coober Pedy.

Feeling adventurous? Let us show you what you can do in South Australia.

Make sure you grab a copy of the Backpacker Guide from a visitor information centre, your accommodation or online

Getting here and around

For information on getting around Adelaide, visit the Getting Around page.

If you’re planning to stay around South Australia for longer, there is information on the Study in South Australia and Work in South Australia pages. 

Must do experiences

It's time to do the stuff that other people are only just beginning to discover:

* Dive with Australia's fearsome great white sharks off Port Lincoln on Eyre Peninsula

* Look for opals in Coober Pedy in South Australia's outback

* Cycle through valleys and vineyards in the Clare Valley

Swim with sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay on Eyre Peninsula

* Explore unrivalled collections of art in Adelaide along the North Terrace Cultural Boulevard

* Drive cattle for a day in the Flinders Ranges

* Relax with a beer on the deck of your own houseboat as you drift down the Murray River

* Attend the massive Adelaide Fringe Festival

* See the Santos Tour Down Under. It’s the only UCI WorldTour professional road cycling race outside of Europe 

Things to do

Here are some great ideas and useful links for your South Australia holiday.

What's on

There are plenty of events in South Australia. Here are some ideas you might like.

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