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How much does it cost to travel to South Australia?

You should plan to spend around $141 (AU$214) per day on your vacation in South Australia. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $31 (AU$47) on meals
  • $19 (AU$28) on local transportation
  • $128 (AU$194) on hotels

A one week trip to South Australia for two people costs, on average, $1,975 (AU$3,000). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to South Australia cost?

A one week trip to South Australia usually costs around $987 (AU$1,500) for one person and $1,975 (AU$3,000) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to South Australia on average costs around $1,975 (AU$3,000) for one person and $3,950 (AU$6,000) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in South Australia will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to South Australia on average costs around $4,232 (AU$6,428) for one person and $8,463 (AU$12,856) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to South Australia has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is South Australia expensive to visit?

Prices in South Australia are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, South Australia is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to many other destinations.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is South Australia Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to South Australia?

The average South Australia trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these South Australia travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) AU$194 ($128)
Local Transportation 1 AU$28 ($19)
Food 2 AU$47 ($31)
Entertainment 1 AU$21 ($14)
Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps 1 AU$197 - 590 ($129 - 388)
Alcohol 2 AU$17 - 50 ($11 - 33)
Accommodation Budget in South Australia
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in South Australia is $64 (AU$97). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in South Australia is $128 (AU$194). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in South Australia

Looking for a hotel in South Australia? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Transportation Budget in South Australia
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in South Australia is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $19 (AU$28) per person, per day, on local transportation in South Australia.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in South Australia
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in South Australia can vary, the average cost of food in South Australia is $31 (AU$47) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in South Australia should cost around $12 (AU$19) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in South Australia is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in South Australia
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in South Australia typically cost an average of $14 (AU$21) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Recommended Activities

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in South Australia
Average Daily Costs

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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in South Australia is $259 (AU$393), as reported by travelers.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in South Australia
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $22 (AU$33) on alcoholic beverages in South Australia per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in South Australia
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $33 (AU$50) on bottled water in South Australia per day. The public water in South Australia is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

South Australia On a Budget
South Australia Barossa Valley vinyards at sunset
Millions of travelers are attracted to Australia for a variety of reasons. Sure there are adventures waiting around ever Aussie corner, but sometimes you just want to sit back and relax. That's when it's time to visit South Australia.

Nestled between Western Australia and Queensland, this state is home to 1.6 million people. Even with that many people, however, it's still less than 10 percent of the entire country's population. With less tourists, infamous wine, delectable produce and an untouched environment, Southern Australia is the perfect spot to kickback in the outback.
South Australia is full of wildlife, vineyards and some of the most stunning scenery in the world. To catch a glimpse of some of the animals that call Australia home, visit Kangaroo Island. This internationally renowned island is home to bandicoots, wallabies, possums, and koalas. On Baird Bay or Eyre Peninsula you'll find sea lions, and Port Lincoln is home to the Great White Shark. And if you're more into the stationary scenery, take a breathtaking trip to world-heritage sites Naracoorte Caves or Wilpena Pound.

Many visitors who find themselves up for the challenge of driving the Aussie highways get the opportunity to experience all the sights. South Austrailia is home to several scenic highways – Birdsville Track, Eyre Highway, Oodnadatta Track and Stuart Highway – each with their own sights and stories.
Southern Australia is divided into nine different regions. The state's capital, Adelaide, is in the region named for the city. The Winery Areas include some of the state's most incredible wines. The Fleurieu Peninsula just south of Adelaide is home to coastal villages and the gateway to Kangaroo Island. Just off the coast of the mainland is Kangaroo Island with miles of natural beauty. The Limestone Coast is in the southeastern section of South Australia and contains Mount Gambier. The Murray River is the fruitful region around the winding river, and the Yorke Peninsula is so nice even the Aussies go there for holidays. The Eyre Peninsula is miles and miles of coastline, and Flinders Ranges has the Mount Remarkable National Park for exploration and adventure.

While many divers make their pilgrimage to the Great Barrier Reef, there are plenty of adventurous sights to be seen under the shores of South Australia. Rapid Bay, for example, offers bursts of colorful reefs and visits with leafy sea dragons.

Is there anywhere more relaxing than an afternoon wine tasting? Yes, an afternoon wine tasting in South Australia. With premium wines and five-star restaurants, the Barossa Valley is the country's most popular wine region. Travel through the cellar doors to relax in the hills and vineyards of the region. If you haven't had your fill of wines after a trip to Barossa, there's also the Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra.

For the traveler who finds relaxation in cosmopolitan places, simply staying in Adelaide would do the trick. There is amazing architecture to explore, boutiques to browse and beaches to swim. Spend your evenings attending posh art events, dining in world-class restaurants and dancing the night away in the club of your choosing.

South Australia is also home to many festivals throughout the year. Check the calendar to see if there's anything going on during your visit. The Tour Down Under, for example, is an exciting international cycling race held ever year. There's also the Clipsal 500 V8 race throughout Adelaide, or the Adelaide Fringe celebrating comedy, music and theatre.
Food and Dining
If you're a fan of the freshest of foods, South Australia will have your mouth watering. The Adelaide Central Market is know for its fresh produce, cheeses, seafood, meats and other quintessentially Australian flavors. With generations of nationalities migrating to this region, you'll have no trouble finding a dish you'll love here. From Italian to Greek, Polish to German, Chinese to Vietnamese, South Australia can tickle any taste bud.

While driving through South Australia is certainly an option, remember that many of the roads in the north and west are unpaved requiring extra caution. Traffic police are strict, so foreigners better know what they're doing before getting behind the wheel.

There are many statewide regional bus systems in South Australia. Most of them will take you to the major destinations. There is also a rail network with limited stops within the state, and of course, biking s always highly encouraged. The city of Adelaide, in particular, has many established bike paths.


Looking for a party? Find a hostel in Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, or along the Gold Coast.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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