Photo: Royston Rascals, Heysen Trail
South Australia is Australia’s third-largest state covering 984,400 square kilometers (380,000 square miles). The majority of the state’s population live in Adelaide.
South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula is home to some of the oldest rocks on the planet. Geoscience Australia used a specialised microprobe known to identify rocks that are more than 3 billion years old.
The Coorong is one of Australia’s most fragile wetlands – a narrow lagoon that runs parallel to the South Australian coast a couple of hours’ drive south of Adelaide. Be a guest of the Ngarrindjeri people, the traditional custodians of these places.
Half the bushland remains just as it was when British navigator Matthew Flinders named the island in 1802. Separated from the South Australian coast about 10,000 years ago, the island is devoid of dingoes and introduced foxes and rabbits. This means the island’s wildlife has flourished. Native wildlife include echidnas, platypus, goannas, wallabies and kangaroos. More than one-third of the Island lies in a National or Conservation Park.
Seal Bay Conservation Park is home to Australian sea lions, among the world’s rarest marine mammals, with only 10,000 to 12,000 remaining and about 5 per cent of them making a home among the dunes of this sheltered bay.
The Riverland biosphere is protected by UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation.
Half of all South Australia’s grapes are grown in the Riverland.