South Australia is in the southern central part of the country and covers some of the most arid parts of the continent. With a total land area of 983,482 square kilometers (379,725 sq mi), it is
the fourth largest of Australia’s six states and two territories. It is bordered to the west by Western Australia, to the north by the Northern Territory and Queensland, to the east by Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and along the south by the Great Australian Bight and the Southern Ocean.
With nearly 1.6 million people, South Australia comprises less than 10% of the Australian population. The majority of its people reside in the state capital, Adelaide, with most of the remainder settled in fertile areas along the southeastern coast and River Murray.
The South Australia coast from the border to Kingston is very similar to Victoria’s southern coast – lots of limestone reefs with beaches in between. But you will need to explore. This coastline is also right open to the Southern Ocean. From Kingston the coast swings northwest and is mostly a large unbroken beach. Surfing potential here is limited by access (there are very few places to access the beach and a 4WD is necessary), and size usually decreases the further north you move. This beach ends at Victor Harbor; in this area there are reef and beach breaks, although Kangaroo Island can block swell.
Adelaide, South Australia’s capital, is located on the Gulf of St . Vincent. Although it can get small choppy waves, it isn’t really a serious destination. Adelaide’s surfers usually head for the tip of Yorke Peninsula, where there are some good reef/point setups. Spencer Gulf separates Yorke Peninsula from Eyre Peninsula.
The southern and western coasts of Eyre Peninsula offer a variety of reef, point and beach breaks. There are some closely guarded classic setups along this coast. Many of the waves are quite powerful and are not to be underestimated. West of Ceduna are the famous cactus beach breaks, some of several well-known breaks in the area.
The country is harsh and 40+ Celsius land temperatures can combine with 25+ Celsius water temperatures. Great Whites patrol the area regularly, so be careful! The surf ends at the Nullabour Plain, not due to lack of swell, but due to 200 miles of unbroken cliff that stretches to the Western Australia border.
South Australia Surf Spots