Travel Safety

Stay safe

We hope you enjoy your holiday in Adelaide and South Australia. Read these useful tips to ensure your holiday is a good one. 

Vineyards, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Interstate visitors staying less than three months in South Australia may drive with their current driver's license from any state or territory. Overseas’ visitors may drive in South Australia for up to 12 months with an international permit. 


Drivers on L and P plates, drivers of heavy vehicles, taxis, chauffeured vehicles or buses must not drive after drinking alcohol. Fully licensed drivers must ensure that their blood alcohol level stays below .05 or they may be charged with "driving under the influence". 


Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road and seat belts must be worn at all times. If you want to drive a motor vehicle or motorcycle within South Australia, you must have a license for that type of vehicle. 

When driving in the outback, it is important to obtain good advice and thoroughly prepare for your journey. Your safety is important to us. Please take the time to read the Don’t Leave Home Without It page to make your journey more enjoyable. 

Roadside assistance

Roadside assistance in South Australia is offered by the Royal Automobile Association (RAA). Its services are available to visitors from other states and some overseas’ visitors. For further information, visit the RAA website. 


You’ll find plenty of information on South Australia on Brochures and Maps page. Download maps of South Australia and review them online.

Emergency telephone numbers

Call 000 for emergency fire, police and ambulance assistance throughout Australia. From mobile phones it's 112. For non-emergency police attendance, call 131 444. 

Water safety

South Australia has a lot of beaches and great river spots to enjoy during your holidays. Here are some safety tips to make your swimming and water sport holiday even more enjoyable:

Swim between the red and yellow flags at the beach. The red and yellow flags indicate the safest place to swim when lifesavers patrol beaches. If you are unsure of surf conditions, ask a surf lifesaver. They're easy to spot in their red and yellow uniforms/

Try to always swim under supervision and always read and obey the signs. Check the depth of the water and n ever run or dive into the water. Even if you have checked the depth, water conditions can change

Don't swim directly after a meal and don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you get into trouble in the water, stay calm. Signal for help by holding up one arm and waving. Float and wait for assistance.

Learn how to spot a rip and keep clear of it. A rip can be recognised by sand-coloured or rippled water running out to sea when the water on either side is generally cleaner. The waves may also be larger and breaking further out to sea on both sides of the rip

Keep the beach clean, put your rubbish in a bin and keep off the sand dunes. They are there to preserve the beach environment.

Our Beaches page has more great water safety tips.

Sun safety

Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going into the sun and reapply regularly, particularly after exercise and swimming. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen, minimum SPF 30+. The sun is very harsh in Australia. Protect yourself at all times. Slip, Slop, Slap (put on a shirt, put on some sunscreen and put on a hat). 

Note: In Australia the sunlight is so strong that even when you are using a SPF high-rated sunscreen, you will still develop a tan or get burnt. Drink lots of water!

Where possible, avoid strenuous exercise during hot weather. In the 30 minutes before exercise in the heat, drink at least half a litre of water. During normal activities, maintain adequate fluid intake (no alcohol or caffeine). 

Fire information

A fire danger period exists between November and April each year in South Australia. This can be extended, depending on the seasonal weather conditions.

During fire danger periods, there are fire restrictions that apply. These include total fire ban days. For up to date details about fire bans and fire safety information, visit the Country Fire Service website or telephone 1300 362 361. 

Emergency alerts

Emergency Alert is the national telephone warning system used by Australian emergency management agencies. The system sends voice messages to landlines and text messages to mobile phones within a defined area, about likely or actual emergencies such as flood, fire or extreme weather events.

If you are staying or travelling in South Australia, you may be sent a text message based on the last known location of the handset at the time of the emergency. Emergency Alert messages can be sent to prepaid mobile phones. You do not need to register for Emergency Alert.

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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