Southern Australia is home to the country's oldest and largest city, the Harbour City of Sydney.
It also encloses the Australian Capital Territory, the location of the Australian national capital of Canberra, in its south-east.
There is also the Murray River, which is forming most of the boundary between the two states New South Wales and Victoria.
Melbourne, the state capital and largest city, is nestled on Port Phillip Bay in the centre of the southern coast.
And there is the island of Tasmania, which is Australia's smallest and only island state with a population of roughly 500,000 people.
The State South Australia offers world-class wine and other produce, friendly people, unspoilt environment and a very relaxed pace of life, it offers the break in Australia that you may have been looking for.
You will also find Kangaroo Island in South Australia, Australia's third largest island which lies off the coast of the mainland in the south-east of the state.
Destinations of South Australia:
- Sydney - The capital of the state and largest city in Australia, and its suburban surroundings, forms its own vibrant region
- Blue Mountains - Located immediately to the west of Sydney, a region of unique scenery and wilderness
- Illawarra - Just south of Sydney: beaches, bushwalking, and the coastal cities of Wollongong and Shellharbour
- Shoalhaven - Beautiful coastal area, home to the city of Nowra, with sandy beaches, small communities, and rolling green meadows
- Southern Highlands - A day trip or a weekend away from Sydney. Bushwalking, forests, country pubs and cafes, antiques, crafts and country communities.
- Riverina - The state's "food bowl" with small friendly communities, great food and wine, and unique scenery. Home to the cities of Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Albury.
- Snowy Mountains - The roof of Australia, a region of mountains, unique scenery and winter sports, on the Victorian border
- South Coast - Hundreds of kilometres of unspoilt beaches, coves and bays; small coastal communities and specatacular scenery
- Melbourne - is the second-largest city in Australia and the capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria, located at the head of Port Phillip Bay.
- Mildura - is a large regional town in Sunraysia, Australia. Located in the north west corner of Victoria, Mildura is situated on the Murray River.
- Tasmania - is Australia's smallest and only island state with a population of roughly 500,000 people. It enjoys a unique lifestyle and beautiful landscapes. It is separated by a body of water called the Bass Strait that has isolated it from the rest of Australia for thousands of years.
Highlights of South Australia:
- The Great Ocean Road - is more than a road – it represents a coastal region of south-west Victoria, Australia, running from Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong to Portland. One of the most scenic parts of the road is the stretch between Port Campbell and Peterborough. This is the section contained by Port Campbell National Park and has the major rock formations like the Twelve Apostles
- Lord Howe Island - a World Heritage-listed island some 550km from the mainland, is part of New South Wales and is a popular getaway destination.
- Grampians National Park - is in western Victoria, Australia. The Grampians ranges are renown for their hiking trails, wildlife and wildflowers. Their aboriginal name is Gariwerd.
- Kangaroo Island - or KI is an island about 45 minutes by ferry off the coast of South Australia. The island is 160 kilometers across, and has an abundance of wildlife, natural scenery, wineries and beaches.
- The Barossa Valley - is in South Australia and is one of the best wine-producing regions on the Australian mainland with a rapidly-growing international reputation.
- The Yarra Valley - is a wine-growing area with many wineries, near Melbourne in Victoria. One advantage of the valley is that it is literally on Melbourne's doorstep. From the center of the city, you can be there in approximately an hour.
- Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park - has many mountains and spectacular lakes. Mountains which are have made this national park famous include Cradle Mountain. Dove Lake and Lake St Clair are truly breathtaking. There are many short walks to walk and some long walks. Each of this walks are a fascinating experience.
States in Southern Australia are: (Daylight Saving Time)
New South Wales UTC +10 (UTC +10.5)
Canberra UTC +10 (UTC +10.5)
Victoria - ACT UTC +10 (UTC +10.5)
South Australia UTC +9.5 (UTC +10.5)
Tasmania UTC +10 (UTC +10.5)