Agent Tools & Info - South Australia

Escape the frenzy of Australia's east coast with a few days in gracious, relaxed South Australia. The driest state on the planet's driest inhabited continent, South Australia beats the heat by celebrating life's finer things: fine landscapes, fine festivals, fine food, and fine wine.
It's true – almost everywhere you go in SA you'll find cellar doors vying for your attention. Succumb to temptation in SA's famous wine regions: the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. But don't miss Kangaroo Island's wildlife and seafood; big-sky, wild-west landscapes on the Yorke and Eyre peninsulas; the photogenic Flinders Ranges; the fertile terrain around the snaking Murray River; and the craggy shores and caves in the beach-strewn Limestone Coast. At the heart of it all, Adelaide delivers as many high-brow festivals as it does dive bars.

Rainfall in 2018 was below average throughout Adelaide and the Hills, despite a wetter than average November and heavy rain at times. Both daytime and night time temperatures for the year were warmer than average across Greater Adelaide.

Key Travel Period: September, October

Key Booking Period: January, February, March

Average Lead Time: 50 -100 days

Average Length of Stay:  3 nights

Top Selling Properties:

Breakfree Directors Studios (V):  Located 15 minutes' walk from Adelaide CBD (Central Business District), BreakFree Directors Studios is a modern, boutique hotel offer rooms and studios, over 2 levels. A 24-hour reception and a range of services including room service, same day laundry services and baby sitting are available.  BreakFree Directors Studios is 2 minutes' walk from Gouger Street, the main restaurant precinct, 7 minutes' walk from Chinatown, 9 minutes' walk from Adelaide Central Market and 6 minutes' drive from Adelaide Convention Centre. Rundle Mall and Adelaide Festival Theatre are both 8 minutes' drive away.  Guests have access to a laundry, which has a washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing facilities. Limited car parking is available for an additional charge. Free luggage storage is provided.

Mantra Hindmarsh Square (P): Mantra Hindmarsh Square enjoys a prestigious location in Adelaide city centre. It offers recently refurbished, premier apartment style accommodation with modern interiors, cooking facilities, a gym, and a tour desk. This Mantra hotel on Hindmarsh Square also features a fully licensed restaurant and bar, a lounge bar and a street side cafe. Most accommodation units have a balcony or terrace, and some enjoy open views of the Adelaide Hills.

Stamford Plaza Adelaide (I): Located directly opposite Skycity Casino, Stamford Plaza Adelaide boasts a heated rooftop swimming pool and 3 restaurants. All accommodation offers views of the city or Adelaide’s historic Parklands. Each of the air-conditioned rooms and suites have a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. An en suite bathroom with guest toiletries, a luxurious bathrobe and slippers are standard in all rooms and suites. Premier rooms offer a modern desk and chair with WiFi access. Guests can work out in the well-equipped fitness centre or relax in the hot tub. Professional in-room massages are also available. The hotel also offers a 24-hour reception, 24-hour room service and concierge services. Stamford Plaza Adelaide boasts 10 elegant function rooms that are ideal for small, intimate meetings or large conferences. La Boca Bar and Grill features a traditional Asado cooking style using sublime Argentinean flavours. TG’s Restaurant boasts a full buffet breakfast as well as dinner buffet on the weekends. Guests can enjoy drinks at Cascade Cocktail Lounge. Situated in the heart of Adelaide, Stamford Plaza is just 250 m from the Rundle Mall shopping district. Adelaide Airport is a 15-minute drive away and Glenelg Beach is a 20-minute tram ride away.


Insider Tips:

Kangaroo Island.  From Cape Jervis, car ferries chug across the swells of the Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island (KI). Uninhabited when Brit explorer Matthew Flinders named the island in 1802 and long devoid of tourist trappings, KI is today a booming destination for wilderness and wildlife fans. It's a veritable zoo of seals, birds, dolphins, echidnas and (of course) kangaroos. Still, the island remains rurally paced and underdeveloped − the kind of place where kids ride bikes to school and farmers advertise for wives on noticeboards. Island wine and produce is a highlight.

Barossa Valley.  The Barossa Valley is Australia's premier wine region. If you have ever tasted an Australian Shiraz it came most likely from the Barossa. The valley is home to some of the world's biggest wineries such as Jacob's Creek and Penfolds, however the many boutique wineries is where the region really comes alive. Jump on a bike, go off the beaten track and discover your new favourite winery. You could stay in the Barossa for a week to indulge in the ridiculously good food and wine.

Adelaide.  Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, displaying expansive collections including noted Indigenous art, and the South Australian Museum, devoted to natural history. The city's Adelaide Festival is an annual international arts gathering with spin-offs including fringe and film events. Adelaide is known for its many sporting events, including Australian rules football, motor sports and tennis. Adelaide Oval stadium has hosted cricket matches since 1871. At the city's heart is Victoria Square and vibrant, 19th-century Central Market, specialising in produce. The Glenelg beach neighbourhood on Holdfast Bay has native dolphin and seal populations, plus cycling trails.