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Moving Interstate: all you need to know about moving to South Australia

We understand that when you’re making the move interstate, your energy supply is just one part of a bigger picture. To help make the move to your new state as easy as possible, we’ve put together this guide. Here’s all you need to know about South Australia in one handy place.

South Australia State Map

South Australia State Map

 

1. Adelaide
2. Adelaide Oval
3. Glenelg
4. Barossa Valley
5. Kangaroo Island
6. Murray Bridge
7. Victor Harbour
8. Flinders Ranges

9. Great Australian Bight
10. Adelaide Hills
11. Hahndorf
12. Mount Gambier
13. Waterloo Wind Farm
14. Port Lincoln
15. Clare Valley
16. Cathedral Rocks Wind Farm

17. Moana
18. Nullarbor Plains
19. Coober Pedy
20. Eyre Peninsula
21. Simpson Desert Regional Reserve
22. Mamungari

23. Lake Eyre (North)

South Australia State Guide

Striking South Australia (SA) is best known for its huge desert and outback areas, the dramatic coastline that surrounds the Great Australian Bight, and its many fine beaches. Affectionately known as ‘The Wine State’, it’s also recognised for its fertile vineyards, where more than half of Australia’s wines come from.1 Relaxed regional towns are focused on agriculture and mining, and the capital, Adelaide, is extremely livable. Christened the ‘City of Churches’,2 Adelaide is full of art, music, culture, and a food scene that claims a higher ratio of cafes and restaurants to residents than any other city in Australia.3  South Australians are fanatical about sports, particularly cricket and Australian Rules Football, which claims the highest playing and attendance rate in all of Australia.4

South Australia Fact Box

Capital: Adelaide
Population: 1,710.8 million6
State Flag8
State Bird: Piping Shrike10

Size: 978,810 km25
Sunshine hs/yr Adelaide: 2,516 hours7
State Flower: Sturt's Desert Pea9
State Animal: Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat11

Blog image - Movers guide - SA fact box

 

South Australia Cities

South Australia’s population is the most highly centralised of any Australian state, with more than 75% of South Australians living in the capital, Adelaide.  Away from the capital, population centres are relatively small. The 10 biggest South Australian cities by population are:13

Adelaide
Mount Gambier
Whyalla
Gawler

Port Pirie
Bridgewater
Port Augusta
Murray Bridge

Port Lincoln
Mount Barker 

South Australia Weather

South Australia is known as the driest state in the driest continent,14 and indeed the northern desert experiences arid conditions with sweltering days and cold nights. The south of the state, however is much more temperate and enjoys a Mediterranean climate with cool wet winters and hot dry summers. Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills can get a light dusting of snow in the winter. South Australia can suffer from droughts and bushfires but other severe weather isn’t too common.

Transport in South Australia

Public transport in Adelaide is mostly provided by bus and tram services within the city as well as some limited rail. Adelaide Metro runs the public service and uses both paper tickets and the Metrocard electronic smartcard ticketing system. Metrocards are available to buy and top up at main stations, Adelaide Metro InfoCentres, and certain local retailers. Paper tickets can be purchased on the bus from the driver, or from the ticket machines aboard trams and trains. Cars are the most common form of transport in regional areas.15

Nature

South Australia is a state of contrasts. The rugged, outback wildernesses of the Nullarbor Plain and the Simpson, Victorian and Strzelecki Deserts turn into fruitful vineyards closer to the meandering Murray River and the shore, which stretches for more than 3,800 km of beach and cliff along the Great Australian Bight.16  Inland, there’s a system of shimmering fresh and saltwater lakes and the scenic mountains of the Everard and Flinders Ranges. More than 20% of South Australia is dedicated to national parks such as the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves and the Lake Eyre National Park.17 There’s a whole lot more to see, with highlights including: 

- Lake Albert
- Mount Woodroffe in the Musgrave Ranges (the highest point in the state)
- Mount Lofty Range
- Blue Lake
- Spencer Gulf
- Brachina Gorge 
- Wilpena Pound

- The Gawler Ranges National Park
- Coongie Lakes National Park
- Innes National Park 
- Coffin Bay National Park
- Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, the Riverland and Adelaide Hills Vineyards 

South Australia: What You Need to Know

  • South Australia post codes begin with the number 518
  • South Australia’s area calling code is 0819
  • The current Premier of South Australia is Jay Wilson Weatherill of the South Australian Branch of the Labor Party20
  • South Australia celebrates the Queen’s Birthday on the second Monday of June with a bank holiday21
  • Labour Day is celebrated on the first Monday in October22
  • There are no toll roads in South Australia23
  • Free tram and bus services operate within Adelaide’s city centre24

South Australia Fun Facts

  • South Australia has boundaries with every other Australian mainland state and territory except the Australian Capital Territory and the Jervis Bay Territory25
  • South Australia’s Olympic Dam is the largest deposit of uranium in the world27, and the Coober Pedy mine is the world’s largest producer of opals27
  • South Australia closed its last coal powered energy plant in 2016 and now generates its electricity from wind, gas and solar alone28 
  • South Australia is the leading producer of wind power in Australia29
  • In 1872, Adelaide was the first Australian capital city to be connected by telegraph with London30
  • Unlike Australia’s other states, South Australia was established as a freely settled, planned British province31
  • Because of Adelaide’s beginnings as a city of free settlers, it was believed that there would be very little crime, so the city was originally built without a prison and wasn’t given a police force until several years later.32

Moving Checklist

Make sure you’re on track for your move to South Australia

Handy South Australia Websites

 

1 National Geographic: South Australia's Adventures of a Lifetime: Tour the Wine Trails http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/south-australia-adventures/tour-the-wine-trails/
2 State Library of South Australia; SA Memory - Religion: City of churches http://www.samemory.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=1454
3 Flinders University: Living in Adelaide https://www.flinders.edu.au/employment/why-work-at-flinders/living-in-adelaide
4 Australian Bureau of Statistics: 1345.4 - SA Stats, Nov 2007 http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/featurearticlesbytitle/D889BB997436B43BCA2573DB0011BA33?OpenDocument
5 Australian Government Geoscience Australia: Area of Australia - States and Territories http://www.ga.gov.au/scientific-topics/national-location-information/dimensions/area-of-australia-states-and-territories
6 Australian Bureau of Statistics: 3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2016 http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/lookup/3101.0Media%20Release1Sep%202016
7 Climatemp.info http://www.adelaide.climatemps.com/
8 World Atlas http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/oceania/australia/southaustralia/saflags.htm#page
9 Government of South Australia: Living in South Australia - Emblems https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/about-sa/about-sa
10 World Atlas http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/oceania/australia/southaustralia/sasymbols.htm#page
11 Government of South Australia: Living in South Australia - Emblems https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/about-sa/about-sa
12 Population Australia http://www.population.net.au/adelaide-population/
13 Australian Bureau of Statistics: 3311.4 - Demography, South Australia, 2001 http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/3311.42001?OpenDocument
14 Government of South Australia: Department of Environment, Water and Natural resources https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/managing-natural-resources/water
15 South Australia: Getting Around http://southaustralia.com/places-to-go/adelaide/travel-and-transport
16 South Australia: The best beaches and surfing in South Australia http://southaustralia.com/things-to-do/ideas-and-suggestions/beaches
17 South Australia: About national parks and reserves in south australia http://southaustralia.com/things-to-do/ideas-and-suggestions/national-parks-and-reserves
18 Postcodes Australia https://postcodes-australia.com/state-postcodes/sa
19 Australian Government: Telephone country and area codes http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/facts-and-figures/telephone-country-and-area-codes
20 Government of South Australia https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/
21 SafeWork SA https://www.safework.sa.gov.au/show_page.jsp?id=2483
22 SafeWork SA https://www.safework.sa.gov.au/show_page.jsp?id=2483
23 South Australia Government: Driving and transport https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/roads-and-traffic
24 Adelaide Metro https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Timetables-Maps/Special-Services/Free-City-Services
25 Australian Government: Geoscience Australia http://www.ga.gov.au/scientific-topics/national-location-information/dimensions/border-lengths
26 Australian Government: Geoscience Australia - Uranium http://www.ga.gov.au/scientific-topics/minerals/mineral-resources/uranium
27 District Council of Coober Pedy https://www.cooberpedy.sa.gov.au/page.aspx
28 The Conversation: South Australia is now coal-free, and batteries could fill the energy gap https://theconversation.com/south-australia-is-now-coal-free-and-batteries-could-fill-the-energy-gap-59164
29 ABC News: Renewable energy target of 50pc reached early in South Australia http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-10/south-australia-renewable-energy-target-reached-early/8429722
30 Australian Government: The Overland Telegraph http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/overland-telegraph
31 Adelaide Gaol Heritage http://www.adelaidegaolheritage.com.au/history.html
32 Adelaide Gaol Heritage http://www.adelaidegaolheritage.com.au/history.html