Outback Australia Air Tour Holiday Destinations to South Australia
South Australia shares borders with all of the mainland states and the Northern Territory. With over 1.6 million people, the state comprises less than 8% of the Australian population. The majority of its people reside in the state capital, Adelaide, while the majority of the remainder are settled in the fertile areas along the south-eastern coast and Murray River. South Australia‘s origins are unique in Australia as a freely settled, planned British province, rather than as a convict settlement. Official settlement began on 28 December 1836, when the colony was proclaimed at The Old Gum Tree by Governor John Hindmarsh.
Sunset at Kangaluna
Admirality, Kangaroo Island
Visit our First Settlement in South Australia
The first settlement to be established in South Australia was Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, on 26 July 1836, five months before Adelaide was founded. The aim was to establish the province as a centre of civilisation for free immigrants, promising civil liberties and religious tolerance. Today, South Australia is known as a state of festivals and of fine wine. The state’s economy centres on the agricultural, manufacturing and mining industries.
More than half of Australia’s wines are produced in the South Australian wine regions including: the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, the Riverland and the Adelaide Hills. Fine food and wine from this region can be enjoyed on our air tours in South Australia.
Kangaroo Island off the bottom coastline of South Australia is seven times the size of Singapore and rich with wildlife in their native habitat including seals, koalas and kangaroos. The island also offers beautiful views from seaside cottages and cliff-top cabins, delicate handcrafted glassware, a day at the races in Kingscote and, of course, there’s the food and wine. Take a drive and collect wine, cheeses, oysters and lobsters and then indulge in them on a secluded beach. A range of accommodation is available. See the South Australia Discovered holiday page for more details. For exceptional first class accommodation in seclusion over looking the coast have a look at the Southern Ocean Lodge. Other great accommodation on the island include K.I. Wilderness Resort. See also information about some of the tours on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours.
One of Australia’s quaintest outback opal towns, Andamooka is situated 600km north of Adelaide and is reached by bitumen via the townships of Woomera and Roxby Downs. It is a unique town of miner’s homes and semi-dugouts nestled on top of a hidden network of underground diggings which have uncovered countless stunning gemstones. Want to see great Opals. Have a look Andamooka Opals.
Opal was first found in Coober Pedy on the 1 February 1915 and since then has been supplying the world with the majority of its gem quality opal. Coober Pedy today relies as much on tourism as on the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment and sustainable development. Much of the accommodation in this unique South Australian town is located underground.
Coober Pedy has evolved into one of the most unique places in Australia and perhaps the world. It is a cosmopolitan town with a population of 3,500 and over 45 different nationalities. The relaxed and friendly lifestyle of the town has made it a breeding ground for cultural tolerance, diversity and acceptance. Want to stay underground while at Coober Pedy. Have a look at Coober Pedy Experience & The Desert Cave.
Population 10, William Creek is one of the smallest towns in Australia. It is situated on the world’s largest working cattle station, Anna Creek Station, which is 24,000 square kilometre and part of the S. Kidman & Co empire.
The timber and corrugated iron pub, dating from 1887, is like a giant visitors’ book. Over the years it has been adorned with business cards, hand scrawled notes, bras, jocks and a variety of other tokens left by its visitors. This is one of the closest places to the edge of Lake Eyre.
Lake Eyre is an extensive ‘salt sink’ whose mineralisation has developed through the evaporation of floodwaters over countless years. During the past forty years or so the lake has seen many floods of varying sizes however it has only filled to capacity three times in the past 150 years. When Lake Eyre does fill, it becomes the biggest lake in Australia. The massive water system covers an area of 9,690 square kilometres (roughly the size of Holland) and can harbour water nine times as salty as the sea. When water flows in to fill the lake via great inland rivers including the Diamantina, Cooper Creek and the Warburton, the spectacle is breathtaking.
Gawler Ranges & the Eyre Peninsula
Stunning scenery formed by volcanic activity more than 1500 years ago is around every corner of the Gawler Ranges National Park. Access the Organ Pipes by 4WD and discover a series of dramatic, ochre-red, hexagonal volcanic columns. See vibrant wildflowers in spring or camp beneath a starry night sky in the great outdoors. See Australia’s fourth largest salt lake, Lake Gairdner which when dry has been the site of numerous land-speed record attempts. Land at Wudina airstrip and drive to Baird Bay which offers the opportunity to swim with sea-lions and dolphins on organised tours. Drive by 4WD up the Eyre Peninsula and stay at Kangaluna Bush Safari Camp. Drive out to the magnificent salt lake of Lake Gairdner. For accommodation that is second to none. Find yourself in first class tent accommodation, have a look at Gawler Rangers Safaris.
Tours that visit these S.A. locations: 1 day tours | 2 day tours | Taste of the Outback – Lake Eyre, Birdsville, Flinders Ranges | Gawler Ranges and Flinders Ranges air tour