Travel Info

Fast Facts

Area: 984,377 square km
Adelaide population: 1,230,000 in December 2011
Coastline: 4800 km (with 100 islands)
State population: 1,650,000 in December 2011
Language: English

 

Accommodation

South Australia has a wide variety of accommodation options available to suit your travel needs. From Hotels and Motels to Self Contained Apartments, Holiday homes, Bed & Breakfasts or even a quiet vineyard cottage perfect for a romantic stay. If camping is what you’re after then South Australia is home to a number of the  ‘Big 4 Holiday Parks’ as well as smaller camp grounds and sites.

Luxury 5 Star accommodation can be found in Adelaide, the Barossa, Kangaroo Island, Flinders Ranges and more.

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Shopping Hours

Trading hours are generally Monday to Friday 9am–5.30pm, Saturday 9am–5pm and Sunday 11am–5pm. There is late night shopping in central city stores Monday through Thursday until 7pm and Friday until 9pm. Adelaide suburban stores open late every Thursday until 9pm. Some stores close for public holidays and trading hours vary in country areas.

 

Emergencies

In an emergency, call ‘000’ for ambulance, fire or police assistance, from anywhere in Australia. From mobile phones, call ‘112’. For non-emergency police attendance, call ‘131 444’.

 

Water preservation

South Australia is regarded as the driest state in the driest continent on earth, so water is a very precious commodity! 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 (under five minutes) and washing boats or vehicles with a bucket instead of a hose. Please adhere to any water restrictions that may apply during your holiday. For more information, see the Watercare website.

 

Fires

A fire danger period exists in South Australia between November and April, which can run longer depending on the seasonal weather conditions. During the fire danger period fire restrictions apply, including total fire ban days.

 

South Australia 2016 School Term Dates

Term 1
School Term: 1 February 2016 – 15 April 2016
School Holidays: 16 April 2016 – 1 May 2016

Term 2
School Term: 2 May 2016 – 8 July 2016
School Holidays: 9 July 2016 – 24 July 2016

Term 3
School Term: 25 July 2016 – 30 September 2016
School Holidays: 1 October 2016 – 16 October 2016

Term 4
School Term: 17 October 2016 – 16 December 2016
School Holidays: 17 December 2016 – 29 January 2017

South Australia 2017 School Term Dates

Term 1
School Term: 30 January 2017 – 13 April 2017
School Holidays: 14 April 2017 – 30 April 2017

Term 2
School Term: 1 May 2017 – 7 July 2017
School Holidays: 8 July 2017 – 23 July 2017

Term 3
School Term: 24 July 2017 – 29 September 2017
School Holidays: 30 September 2017 – 15 October 2017

Term 4
School Term: 16 October 2017 – 15 December 2017
School Holidays: 16 December 2017 – 28 January 2018

South Australian Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

Offices and some businesses close for the day on the following dates:

New Year’s Day – 01 January 2016 and 2 January 2017
Australia Day – 26 January 2016 and 2017
Adelaide Cup – 14 March 2016 and 13 March 2017
Good Friday – 25 March 2016 and 14 April 2017
Day after Good Friday – 26 March 2016 and 15 April 2017
Easter Monday – 28 March 2016 and 17 April 2017
Anzac Day – 25 April 2016 and 2017
Queen’s Birthday/Volunteer’s Day – 13 June 2016 and 12 June 2017
Labour Day – 3 October 2016 and 2 October 2017
Christmas Day –26 December 2016 (as Christmas Day falls on a Sunday) and 25th December 2017
Proclamation Day – 27 December 2016 and 26 December 2017