If you are looking for a place that allows you to bask in the sun on beautiful beaches, interact with sea lions and dolphins in crystalline waters, and get up-close and personal with native Australian animals in wildlife parks, then this is the place for you.
Meander through celebrated wine regions minutes away from the city, immerse yourself in entertaining events and festivals, and see what the night has to offer among the many bars and restaurants that line the streets of South Australia.
South Australia’s climate can be characterised as Mediterranean, with mild winters and warm and dry summers. As a general rule, it gets hotter the further north you go.
Summer (Dry Season): December to February.
You can expect dry, hot, sunny conditions at this time of year. The average daytime temperature is 29°C; however temperatures have been known to get as high as 45°C during short heatwaves.
Autumn: March to May
The weather remains quite sunny and dry until May when the rainy season begins. Daytime temperatures average 23°C, with temperatures dipping to 13°C overnight.
Winter (Wet Season): June to August.
This is the time when South Australia experiences most of its rainfall, with June being the wettest month of the year. The daytime temperatures hover around 16°C but are known to dip below 10°C further north.
Spring: September to November.
The temperature starts to pick up again, and rainfall begins to taper off. The average daytime temperature is a pleasant 22°C, dropping rapidly to 12°C in the evening.
The uninterrupted stretch of the Great Southern Ocean that reaches Antarctica, from South Australia, creates the perfect habitat for the Great White Shark.
To see the Great White Sharks of Southern Australia, you will have to make your way to Port Lincoln, which is a 40-minute flight from Adelaide. From Port Lincoln, embark on a 3.5 hour sailing trip over crystalline waters, to the beautifully untamed Neptune Islands. Here, you will get to experience the exhilaration of watching the majestic Great White Shark interact with the area’s other marine life. You can do this either in a shark cage on the surface or from the ocean floor.
16℃ in winter, 7mm wetsuit or dry suit
19℃ in summer, 7mm wetsuit or dry suit
December to February is the breeding season for the country’s largest population of New Zealand fur seals who call the Neptune Islands home. Witness the sharks in their element as their interest is piqued by the boisterous activity of the seals and their hunting instinct takes over. If you’re diving between June and August, get ready to see the massive female sharks that grace these waters, and take in the world’s most significant spawning of Giant Cuttlefish.
The Neptune Islands
The North and South Neptunes make up the Neptune Islands which are home to the largest colony of New Zealand fur seals in Australia. Keep an eye out for White Breasted Sea Eagles, Rock Parrots and remarkable Albatross. One of the best things about visiting these islands is watching the lesser-spotted Australian Sea Lions interacting on the beach, and, of course, a world-class shark diving experience.
Whyalla Giant Cuttlefish Migration
This spectacular natural event is unique to Whyalla for the sheer number of Australian Giant Cuttlefish that congregate off the coast of the Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park every winter. From May to August thousands of cuttlefish migrate to Whyalla for a breeding frenzy attracting snorkelers, divers, international film crew, underwater photographers, researchers and journalists keen to witness the exciting aggregation. The males, which can measure over 60cm long and weigh over 5kg, put on a vibrant display of pulsating, fluorescent colours and shape-shifting to attract and impress the females to mate in this highly competitive environment. The bigger the show, the better their chances of success!
'Kilsby Sinkhole' is one of the best-known sinkhole dive sites in the world. Only 15 minutes from Mount Gambier and famed for its crystalline waters and incredible visibility, this is a one-of-a-kind sinkhole that can accommodate snorkelers, freedivers and Open Water certified divers alike. All visitors are required to explore this pristine area under the supervision of a licensed and industry qualified guide.
In the Mount Lofty Ranges, just outside of Adelaide, there are thousands of kilometres of walking trails to suit all abilities spread across Belair National Park, Morialta Conservation Park, and more.
For the best surfing conditions on the Fleurieu Peninsula, visit between March and June. Take the opportunity to have a few surfing lessons while you're there and you'll be riding the waves in no time. No gear? No problem! There is gear for hire at most establishments that offer lessons.
For the avid rock climber, there are cliffs of 10m to 15m where you can clamber over gaping gorges in Onkaparinga River National Park and Morialta Conservation Park, just outside of Adelaide. Join a guided tour to get the most out of these amazing climbing opportunities.
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