Travel Information

Discover South Australia

Area: 984,377 square kilometres
Adelaide population: 1 203 200 in September 2010
State population: 1 647 800 in September 2010
Coastline: 4800 kilometres (with 100 islands)

Linear Park Trail, River Torrens, South Australia River Torrens, Adelaide

South Australia’s climate is warm and mild. South Australia is the perfect place to escape the chill. It has mild winters and warm, dry summers. Read this page to discover useful travel information about the state of South Australia

Public health care

Australia's public health care system is called Medicare. Eligibility for benefits is generally restricted to residents of Australia. While Australia does have reciprocal healthcare agreements with several countries, it is best to check before you leave home and to always have appropriate travel insurance.


Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from or visited a yellow fever infected country or zone within six days before entering Australia. No other health certificate is needed.

In case of emergency

In an emergency, call triple zero (000) for ambulance, fire or police assistance throughout Australia. From mobile phones, call 112. For non-emergency police attendance, call 131 444.

Drinking water

The tap water throughout Australia is of a standard suitable for drinking.

Water preservation

While you're on holiday in South Australia, we need you to help us preserve our precious water. You can do this by keeping your showers short (less than five minutes) and washing boats or vehicles with a bucket instead of a hose. Adhere to any water restrictions that may apply during your holiday. For more information, please visit the Watercare website.

Sun sense

Sun protection is really important in Australia. The Ultra Violet (UV) rating is very high at most times of the year. To avoid skin burn, apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30+ and wear a hat. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

Visitor Information Centres

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When travelling throughout South Australia, look out for blue signs displaying a yellow "i" symbol. These signs will show you the way to a visitor information centre. The symbol means that they are accredited and offer professional standards of operation and service.

Staff at accredited visitor information centres can give you friendly advice on where to stay and what to do. They can also help you with booking accommodation and activities. Open seven days a week, they can provide maps, brochures and invaluable local knowledge.

Useful links

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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