South Australia: From Oceans to Outback
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South Australia: From Oceans to Outback

From the rugged Outback to the glittering Southern Ocean, South Australia is known for its wildlife, food, wine and beauty.

South Australia is vast, spanning nearly half a million square miles. With a population of around one point six million people, that’s just four people per square mile.

Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest, and home to a remarkable range of wildlife. With over 800 native species of plants and rare sights like the endangered glossy black cockatoo, Kangaroo Island is typified by unspoiled wilderness and a magnificent selection of flora and fauna, including the kangaroos that give it its name.

Just over a thousand sea lions live and breed in the Seal Bay Conservation Park, one of the most popular tourist attractions of Kangaroo Island. Marine life thrives all across the shores of South Australia. The state’s coastline stretches for more than 3,000 miles, and after a flight of just 40 minutes from Adelaide, the mighty Eyre Peninsula awaits.

Baird Bay is a small fishing village situated on the west of the peninsula. Snorkelling here isn’t a typical experience, as the coastal waters are home to Australian sea lions and pods of dolphins.

Adelaide, the state capital city, was founded in 1836 as a planned, freely settled colony. It was a place where immigrants could settle free from religious persecution. Nowadays the city remains a vibrant, bustling cultural centre, home to thriving markets, a lively night scene and dozens of festivals a year.

From Adelaide’s beautiful architecture to a wealth of museums detailing its immigrant settlers, Adelaide does not shy away from its multicultural history. For example, the South Australian Museum houses the largest collection of Aboriginal ethnographic material in the world.

Climbing away from the coast and the bustle of the city are the quiet, rural hills of the Barossa Valley. The Barossa is world-renowned for its red wine, and over 150 wineries lie within an hour’s drive from Adelaide. But the Barossa is not only home to wine. It’s one of the world’s top culinary destinations.

The vibrancy of South Australia doesn’t end in Barossa. Follow the Stuart Highway north, beyond the hills and the vineyards of the Clare Valley to where green turns to red and the Outback begins.

For many, the jewel in the crown of this region is the dramatic stretch of rock known fondly as the ‘Organ Pipes’. Gawler Range. Enormous, solid volcanic rhyolite is stacked in the cliff face here, ranging in size from stony grinning teeth to the elongated pillars that remind so many people of magnificent organs.

The rugged landscape of the Flinders Ranges epitomises the romanticism of outback Australia: big skies, incredible sunsets, and sun-baked desert as far as the eye can see.

In the summer it’s a hot, dry landscape. It might seem daunting at first, but look a bit closer and you’ll find the place teeming with life. The Flinders Ranges has also been inhabited by humans for thousands of years. Aborigines have walked in these hills since long before European settlers arrived, using the plants and the rocks for food and creating art.

The Flinders Ranges are now home to numerous towns and villages scattered along the highway. The area is accessible as a destination for hiking, cycling, camping and wildlife watching, giving visitors a taste of the iconic outback.

Rawnsley Park Station is a working farm that has managed to find a way to blend sheep farming and tourism. The owners provide scenic flights over the spectacular geological formation, Wilpena Pound.

Wilpena Pound is an ancient valley floor amidst mountains that have been eroded over hundreds of millions of years. Its golden walls are formed of highly resistant quartzite and sandstone. The area is protected from mining and most human impact other than tourism. Nowadays, 4x4s can be seen roaming along the ridgetops that command spectacular views of the timeless landscape.

Life can nevertheless be found all over the northern reaches of South Australia. The emu is a large, flightless bird, endemic to Australia and a close relation of the ostrich. Its long legs allow it to reach speeds of up to 30 miles an hour. It has become an iconic image of Australia.

Continuing up the spine of the country, we reach the northern regions of South Australia.

This is opal mining country, and the Painted Desert may seem barren but can be extremely lucrative for those willing to work. The town of Coober Pedy is the opal mining capital of the world, known for the way its people live underground in dugouts to escape the fierce desert heat.

We’ve travelled from the crystal waters of the Southern Ocean to the dry beauty of the outback, covering one of the most magnificent states in Australia.

The Explorers’ Way crosses the state border, slicing the country in half as it continues into the Northern Territory.

We hope you enjoyed this video titled South Australia: From Oceans to Outback. Though our video guides are designed to provide further insight into what it might be like to live in the state of South Australia, we’re hopeful that this video will also help you to choose places to visit (or even call home) when living in Australia.

Have you visited South Australia before?

Have you visited the location featured in our video before? What did you think? Would you go back? Could you live there?

We’d love to hear your views so please share these in our comments below.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts!

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Soar-ed Recreation
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Soar-ed Recreation
2 years ago

I live in Adelaide. It’s a rather quiet, but still beautiful place.

24 Million Views
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24 Million Views
1 year ago

wow what an adorable place and kangaroo island is fabulous!

Blue Marshall
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Blue Marshall
1 year ago

One of the Last Frontiers………. Keep it up South Australia.

Eufemia Buono
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Eufemia Buono
1 year ago

I'm from SA and it is absolutely awesome
Beautiful scenery lovely beaches worth visiting

Dakota Rainside
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Dakota Rainside
1 year ago

Admirals arch is breathtaking in person- this video can’t capture how beautiful it is.

Viv Star
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Viv Star
1 year ago

Beautiful country! Ahhhh… Im pretty sure Australua IS a continent… which would a long way to explaining why it is the size of a continent. Just saying.

Matt Vojnik
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Matt Vojnik
1 year ago

Best state in Australia.

Son Dưỡng Môi Handmade Butter Bee
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Son Dưỡng Môi Handmade Butter Bee
4 years ago

Wow, it's beautiful. Like !!!

CINTHYA MARTINEZ
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CINTHYA MARTINEZ
4 years ago

@.

Steve Klimentos
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Steve Klimentos
4 years ago

great vid

the world of sweetness sonica
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the world of sweetness sonica
4 years ago

Beautiful country side

Easy Go Scaffolding
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Easy Go Scaffolding
4 years ago

AMAZING

kevin oh
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kevin oh
4 years ago

sa is great

AUS Holiday Guide
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AUS Holiday Guide
3 years ago

Amazing video!

M Thill
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M Thill
3 years ago

did he say 500 million years?

JesusIs King
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JesusIs King
3 years ago

A lot of people may not even realise how beautiful South Australia actually is until they go there. I was down there on holiday almost four years ago and it was much nicer than what I expected it to be. We were driving up Mount Lofty on the Princes Highway and I think about the first 10 minutes of the highway was just typical Australian bushland with eucalypts and several huge man-made cliffs. Then, as soon as we got to the end of the last man-made cliff, which is just where the Crafers exit is, the scenery changed dramatically; it… Read more »

Sausage Sandwich
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Sausage Sandwich
3 years ago

South Australia is awesome….from the coast to the outback and everything in between.

Outdoors Nevada
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Outdoors Nevada
2 years ago

loved living there for a few years. going back to visit in a few weeks.

Tab Ventures
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Tab Ventures
2 years ago

So many wonderful places to explore and thats just in SA! Perfect climate and soil for our very famous wine region.

TheAussieSamurai
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TheAussieSamurai
2 years ago

I've lived most of my life in Adelaide South Australia and I stumbled across this video whilst planing a 4wd and camping trip to the Flinders and I must say I love how well you have shown just how beautiful SA is and how much it has to offer! Now please shhhh and keep it a secret!

Atlas Stories
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Atlas Stories
2 years ago

amazing video!!! really enjoyed it!

jan dostal
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jan dostal
2 years ago

Good stuff. Shame you use miles instead of kilometres. Stupid imperial system. WHY does both the UK and USA insist upon using the imperial system? They are not even the same, US and UK gallon are different.

محمد شعبان
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محمد شعبان
2 years ago

realy wonderful and nice country

Vaughan Films
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Vaughan Films
2 years ago

i live in adelaide

arash Chauhan
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arash Chauhan
2 years ago

My dream is to live in south Australia

Cao Bằng - Quê hương tôi !
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Cao Bằng - Quê hương tôi !
2 years ago

hello my friend, Australia is beautiful, i for you number one zero five two please for me…?

Hashim Mohamed
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Hashim Mohamed
1 year ago

Very good

Dennis Flo
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Dennis Flo
1 year ago

If Australia wants to be a world power they need a population of at least 75-100m

Peter Suarez
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Peter Suarez
1 year ago

amazing places

Jaroslav Pcola
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Jaroslav Pcola
1 year ago

beautifuul australia supeeer

marten kloosterman
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marten kloosterman
8 months ago

why always music and not the sound of nature in such beautiful films.

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