South Australia is a state of Australia in the southern central part of the country. It covers some of the most arid parts of the continent; with a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi), it is the fourth largest of Australia's six states and two territories.
It is bordered to the west by
Western Australia, to the north by the
Northern Territory to the north-east by
Queensland, to the east by
New South Wales and
Victoria, and along the south by the Great
Australian Bight and the
Adelaide is an elegant, spacious city with picturesque hills twenty minutes to the east and a string of white sandy suburban beaches twenty minutes to the west.
Kangaroo Island, Australia's third largest island and one of the world's finest natural habitats is a forty minute flight, or one hour ferry trip south of Adelaide.
The famous wine growing areas of the Barossa, Clare Valley, and McLaren Vale are less than two hours' drive from Adelaide.
To the north is the legendary Flinders Ranges. Beyond the Flinders lies the ancient Outback with unique frontier towns like the opal-mining centre of Coober Pedy where visitors can search for their own opals.