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Honeymooning in South Australia: What You Should Know Before You Go

  |   By Jen O'Brien

Photo courtesy Matt Netthiem copyright© SATC

For wine lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, South Australia is the ideal destination for the trip of a lifetime. With stunning scenery, an incredibly varied landscape, a warm, mild climate and endless opportunities for romance, it truly is a honeymoon destination like no other. Here we’ve tackled a few of the key questions you might need answered before you set out to plan your South Australian honeymoon.

What’s the weather like? South Australia has mild winters and warm, dry summers. Summer runs from December to February and the average temperature is 28.3 degrees Celsius (°C).

When is the best time to go? If you’re interested in spending some serious time on the beach, December to February is obviously your best bet. If you want to experience Adelaide’s festival season opt for a trip on February or March. To beat the crowds entirely, you can’t go wrong with a South Australian honeymoon in November.

How long does it take to get there? The flight from Toronto is roughly 25 hours and from Vancouver it’s about 20 hours. In most cases you’ll have one stop in the United States and one stop elsewhere in Australia or New Zealand before you arrive in South Australia’s capital city of Adelaide.

What are the top attractions? Several of the region’s top tourist attractions can be found on rugged Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third largest island located 112 km south-west of Adelaide. On the island you’ll find Flinder’s Chase National Park, which is home to the island’s iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch as well as Vivonne Bay (pictured above) and Southern Ocean Lodge, a luxurious eco-friendly resort, which is consistently listed among the world's top hotels. A trip to South Australia also wouldn’t be complete without a visit to wine country. Take your pick between the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra or McLaren Vale. Have some time to spare? Consider a trip to South Australia’s outback for an authentic Aussie experience you won’t soon forget.

Will I need a tourist visa? Yes, if you’re planning on visiting South Australia you’ll need a valid visa. For short-term tourist entry (up to three months) you can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa online. You must apply for visas from outside Australia so make sure you take care of this at least two weeks before you leave for your honeymoon.

View more from our South Australia Honeymoon Guide ›

This article was originally published on Jan 09, 2013
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