South Australia travel restrictions: What can I do in September 2021?

Here’s everything you need to know about what you can do and where you can go in the southern state.

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South Australia's lockdown ended at 12:01am ACST Wednesday 28 July 2021. Restrictions in South Australia are easing and travel can still be safely conducted within the state.

If you were planning to spend some time in the southern state's backyard, our guide can key you in on what you can and can't do at the moment.

Whenever out and about, you're encouraged to wear a mask in spaces where physical distancing is not possible.

Accommodation in South Australia

The restrictions allow for up to 10 people (including household members) to gather in a private home within South Australia, regardless of age. It's still strongly advised that you keep your numbers as low as possible and maintain physical distancing in communal areas.

Can I stay with family or friends?

South Australians may stay with family and friends, bearing in mind that the residential gathering limit is 10 regardless of age and including the household.

The social distancing rule of 1.5 metres still applies to ensure both your safety and that of your family and friends.

Can I stay at hotels?

Feel free to book yourself into a hotel for leisure or business in South Australia as they are now back up and running.

Due to the number of people permitted in a hotel, strict hygiene measures are in place to make sure your stay is as safe as possible. You can book a hotel anywhere, as long as it's within the state borders.

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Can I stay at a holiday house?

You can enjoy a quiet stay in a holiday house anywhere in the state. This is also a great alternative if you wish to take a weekend away but want to distance yourself from other members of the public.

Again, holiday accommodation is restricted to a maximum of 10 people in a private residence.

Stayz, HomeAway, Booking.com, HotelsCombined and Airbnb offer a wide range of holiday homes, including apartments, cottages, chalets, studios, cabins and townhouses.

Airbnb has placed a worldwide limit of 16 for rentals, excluding boutique hotels and event venues.

Can I stay in a dorm or private room at a hostel?

Hostels are the same as hotels: open and ready for bookings. Hostel booking site Hostelworld is only featuring properties that have increased their health and safety measures for guests.

Larger rooms will house fewer guests and there will be extra cleaning of the facilities. Hand sanitation stations will be available and guests will have to follow social distancing rules.

Hostels that are found to not be following the guidelines will be automatically removed from the Hostelworld website.

Am I able to go camping and caravanning?

If you're looking to stay at a caravan park, call the site prior to reserve a booking. Group numbers should be kept to a minimum.

Anyone wishing to get amongst nature by camping or glamping should take extra precautions. While there aren't any restrictions on communal camping facilities, you should still keep your distance from others.

We recommend bringing extra cleaning supplies just in case.

Tourist attractions in South Australia

South Australia's attractions are opening their doors again.

In light of COVID-19, many sites, including RedBalloon and Adrenaline, let you book further in the future and have vouchers that last up to several years.

Here are some of the attractions you might like to book trips to.

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Can I visit national parks?

Yes, you can now visit the national parks of South Australia. This goes hand in hand with camping and caravanning. However, you'll have to book these in advance through the National Park website.

Currently, you can visit Cleland Wildlife Park, Seal Bay, Naracoorte Caves, Adelaide Gaol and all botanic gardens. Caravan parks have also reopened.

Are beaches and parks open to the public?

Beaches are open to the public, but we suggest checking with your local government council as busier beaches may still have restrictions.

Social distancing is highly advised when travelling to parks and coastal areas. Keep 1.5 metres between individuals.

Can I go to cellar doors at wineries and vineyards?

The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills Wine Region may be able to operate under current restrictions. Before you pay each a visit, get wind of opening hours and pre-book your tastings as capacity limits may apply.

If you're planning to get away for the weekend, maintain a minimum number of people per group and practise social distancing.

Getting to and from your holiday destination

Can I drive anywhere within South Australia?

You can visit anywhere within South Australia in your car. There aren't any limits on how far you can go, either.

Car rental companies have introduced deeper hygiene practices for anyone needing a vehicle in the near future. Europcar is thoroughly cleaning high contact areas such as the steering wheel, gear changer, radio and keys.

You can even choose a completely contactless pick-up and drop-off in select locations.

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Are planes flying within South Australia?

Restrictions on domestic travel are easing and internal flights within South Australia are returning.

Some flights that are currently running are:

  • Adelaide to Port Augusta on Qantas and Rex Airlines
  • Adelaide to Olympic Dam on Alliance Airlines
  • Adelaide to Port Lincoln on Qantas and Rex Airlines
  • Adelaide to Whyalla on Qantas and Rex Airlines
  • Adelaide to Prominent Hill on Rex Airlines
  • Adelaide to Kingscote/Kangaroo Island on Qantas and Rex Airlines
  • Adelaide to Ceduna on Rex Airlines
  • Adelaide to Sydney on Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia
  • Adelaide to Brisbane on Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar
  • Adelaide to Darwin on Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia
  • Adelaide to Cairns on Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia
  • Adelaide to Alice Springs on Qantas, Virgin Australia
  • Adelaide to the Gold Coast on Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Qantas, Rex Airlines
  • Adelaide to Melbourne on Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Qantas, Rex Airlines

For added peace of mind, Qantas has implemented its new "Fly Well" program. This involves contactless check-in and regular cleaning of the aircraft and high-contact areas, as well as hygiene screening.

As of 8 January 2021, face masks are mandatory on all domestic and international flights.

Can I take a train?

City services: Trains are running to the city from Belair, Gawler, Gawler Central, Glanville, Grange, Noarlunga, Osborne, Outer Harbor, Salisbury, Seaford and Clovelly Park. However, it's suggested that you only take public transport if you must. It's vital that you practise social distancing while on board. If a carriage looks busy, move to another.

Regional services: Train services between Adelaide and Darwin on The Ghan have resumed as of 28 July 2021.

The Great Southern between Adelaide and Brisbane is scheduled to return for its third season in December 2021.

Indian Pacific journeys will be suspended up to 11 August 2021, in light of current border restrictions.

Which states and territories can I travel to?

South Australia's borders are open to most states and territories, and due to low case numbers, the border opening is reciprocated. Here's what you need to know:

State Border status What should I know? More info
ACT Open No restrictions. More info
Northern Territory Open All arrivals must complete a border entry form. Anyone who has been to a declared hotspot must undergo self-funded hotel quarantine. More info
Queensland Closed From 1am 22 July 2021 all LGAs and remote communities in South Australia are declared as COVID-19 Hotspots. Non-residents from South Australia are not allowed to enter unless they have an exemption. Residents and those who may enter are required to undergo hotel quarantine for 14 days. More info
New South Wales Open No restrictions. More info
Tasmania Closed Travellers from SA are denied entry except those approved as an essential traveller. Those allowed must complete the G2G PASS and are required to quarantine. More info
Victoria Open All travellers must have a travel permit to enter Victoria. More info
Western Australia Partially open As at 28 July 2021 all of SA is classified as a medium-risk jurisdiction. Travellers are required to complete the G2G PASS, go through a health screening upon arrival and self-quarantine for 14 days. More info

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