South Australia (abbreviated as SA) is a state of Australia, located in the southern central part of the country. It covers some of the most arid parts of the continent; with a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 square miles), it is the fourth largest of Australia’s six states and two territories. South Australia has some world class SCUBA diving just minutes away from its capital city, Adelaide. With a 3,000 kilometre coastline the diving is diverse, ranging from inshore tidal reef systems, coastal cliffs and ocean drop offs to offshore shipwrecks.
Follow the Coast
South Australia’s coastline has three main peninsulas: Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula and the Fleurieu Peninsula. The biggest one is Eyre Peninsula. The aquaculture capital of the state, indulge in fresh seafood and swim with sea lions! Go cage diving with sharks at Port Lincoln and enjoy the wonders of the Giant Cuttlefish Migration occurring once a year off the coast of Whyalla.
Travel east from the Eyre Peninsula towards the Yorke Peninsula. Take the plunge into a tour of the shipwreck dive trail and camp at Innes National Park whilst diving at some of Australia’s most prized dive sites including Edithburgh and Port Hughes with an abundance of unique marine life only found in South Australia.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to beautiful beaches and the McLaren Vale wine region. Go whale watching, visit Victor Harbor and discover little penguins and other iconic natives. Adelaide Scuba regularly visits the Fleurieu Peninsula as a primary dive location, just a short drive from our front door you can be immersed in clear tranquil waters observing South Australia’s marine emblem the, Leafy Sea Dragon.
Visit the Limestone Coast in the south east of South Australia for world class fresh water diving. Explore numerous karst features including underwater cavern, sinkhole and cave systems and be amazed by the spring fed gin clear water and spectacular underground formations.
The southern part of the state has a Mediterranean climate. South Australia’s main temperature range is 29 °C (84 °F) in January and 15 °C (59 °F) in July. Daily temperatures in parts of the state in January and February can be up to 48 °C (118 °F). The water temperature ranges from 10℃ in winter to 24℃ in mid-summer.
- Average daily summer (December-February) temperatures Adelaide, Max 28.3°C, Min 16.5°C
- Average daily autumn (March-May) temperatures Adelaide, Max 22.4°C, Min 12.5°C
- Average daily winter (June-August) temperatures Adelaide, Max 15.9°C, Min 8°C
- Average daily spring (September-November) temperatures Adelaide, Max 21.7°C, Min 11.6°C
Glenelg, Our Home
Located only 10 kilometres from the heart of Adelaide City, Glenelg is a charming seaside resort set on the long sandy white shores of Holdfast Bay. Glenelg is the site of South Australia’s original mainland settlement in 1836. It is Adelaide’s most popular coastal region. Glenelg has a perfect Mediterranean climate characterised by warm dry summers and cool mild winters.