South Australia (SA)

South Australia overview

South Australia largest cities:
Adelaide, Whyalla, Mount Gambier, Port Augusta.

Total area: 978,810 sq. km.
Population: 1,563,000 (2004)
Approximate width west to east: 800km
Approximate height, north to south: 1300km
Lowest point: Lake Eyre

South Australia is in the centre of the southern half of Australia. South Australia is the country's driest State, with 60 percent of it desert. Over 80 percent of the South Australia is flat, less than 250 metres in height, the landscape ranges from undulating hills and grasslands to deserts in the north.

The north-west area of the South Australia forms part of the Western Plateau and includes the former space facility establishment at Woomera. Also in this area are Andamooka and Coober Pedy, where most of the world's opals are mined. The north-eastern corner of South Australia is part of the Great Artesian Basin in which can be found Lake Eyre, the world's largest salt lake, as well as several other lakes. To the south are the Flinders Ranges and Mount Lofty ranges.

South Australia is known as the Festival State. It hosts festivals for arts, wines, food and music. The music festival WOMADelaide is held in Adelaide each year, featuring musicians from around the world, a not-to-be-missed event. South Australia is also the venue for international car races, golf tournaments, cycling tours, and more.

South Australia origin of name

First used as part of the South Australian Land Company founded in 1831.

South Australia history

South Australia history began when the first local government in South Australia was formed on 31 October 1840 with the election of a Mayor, three Aldermen and fifteen Councillors to the new Adelaide Corporation. This followed a petition from the residents (around 2000) for the "rights and privileges" of their own Council.

Quoting from the "History of the City of Adelaide" (Thomas Worsnop, Town Clerk 1869-1898): "We may presume that the organisation of the new Civic powers was a subject of considerable satisfaction to the inhabitants, for almost all the prominent unofficial men in the colony were members of the first Council, and a very great expectations were formed as a result of their joint exertions."

The first Mayor was James Hurtle Fisher and the first Council meeting was held on 4 November 1840.

South Australia economy

Useful links:

BankSA - Welcome to BankSA - Retail and Business Banking | rank: 5/10
Offers a range of financial products, wealth management, branch locator, business packages, and company details.
South Australia :: Business Gateway :: South Australia's ... | rank: 6/10
Discover the advantages of doing business in South Australia.

South Australia education

Useful links:

University of South Australia - quality university study and ... | rank: 7/10
The largest university in South Australia. Offers courses to undergraduate and post graduate students in most disciplines.
University of Adelaide, South Australia | rank: 8/10
The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's premier research and academic institutions. Find study, programs, courses, teaching, campuses, faculties,
Catholic Education SA | rank: 5/10
During 2005, we will be rebuilding our web site. As we prepare, you may find outdated information has been removed since your last visit.

South Australia culture

Useful links:

South Australian Museum | rank: 6/10
Home for many Ediacaran fossils.
| rank: 6/10
Online catalogue and research inquiry service. Information on South Australian history, including timeline of women's suffrage, Mary Lee, suffragette,
Welcome to The Art Gallery of South Australia | rank: 6/10
Features information on the collections, exhibitions, education, membership programs and images from the collection. Adelaide.
Welcome to the South Australian Folk Centre | rank: 5/10
The Folk Federation of South Australia welcomes you

South Australia sport

Useful links:

South Australian Jockey Club | rank: 4/10
Adelaide city club for Morphettville, Cheltenham Park and Victoria Park. Includes local racing information, membership and sponsorship details and contacts.

South Australia main attractions

  • Kangaroo Island
  • Nullarbor Plain
  • Victor Harbour
  • whale watching
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Blue Lake - Mt Gambier
  • opal fields
  • The Barrages at Goolwa
  • Vineyards in Barossa Valley
  • Grand Prix motor car race
  • Moonta and Burra Burra copper mine sites

The Barossa Valley (North of Adelaide) produces over half of Australia's wine. A large number of German immigrants settled in this area in the 1840s and their fascinating history can be explored through the local museum, the architecture and the food on offer.

Kangaroo Island, a great natural habitat, is a short flight or ferry trip south from Adelaide. Visitors to the island delight in seeing kangaroos, wallabies, platypus, koalas, seals, echidna and a wide variety of plants.

Useful links:

South Australian holidays, travel and tourism : South Australia | rank: 6/10
Official information on travel, tours, accommodation, events, attractions, tours and transport in Adelaide and South Australia.
The Official Corporate Website for the South Australian Tourism | rank: 6/10
Welcome to the official Corporate Website for the South Australian Tourism Commission. Featuring South Australian media releases, latest news, employment,
Welcome to Western Australia - Tourism Western Australia | rank: 7/10
Information on travel, tourism, accommodation, events and everything you need to plan your holiday or vacation to Western Australia.
Travel South Australia travel guide SA - Australian Tourism Net | rank: 5/10
Travel guide to South Australia tourism, travel and leisure.

South Australia capital

South Australia capital is Adelaide, and is known for its relaxed lifestyle and beautiful park location. A small city, it is situated beside the Torrens River. It offers lots of attractions with a beautiful city beaches, museums, art galleries, shopping and much more.

The Art Gallery of South Australia houses the South Australia's collection of Australian, European and Asian art.

The Botanic Garden contains many heritage buildings, such as the old glasshouse, the Museum of Economic Botany and the Bicentennial Conservatory with tropical plants from the Asia-Pacific region. Neighbouring to the Rose Garden is the new National Wine Centre, an interpretative, educational and entertaining complex that promotes Australian wine regions and their produce. Using the latest in technology, visitors are taken on a journey through the history of wine.

The Migration Museum at 82 Kintore Avenue tells the fascinating story of migrants who have settled in South Australia and the impact they have had on the state's way of life.