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South Australia travel restrictions: What can I do in June 2022?

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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There are some restrictions in South Australia but 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.

What will change when South Australia reaches 90% double-dose vaccinated?

When 90% of South Australian residents are fully vaccinated the borders will open to all fully vaccinated travellers both domestic and international.

Unvaccinated arrivals will still be required to undergo 14 days quarantine.

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.

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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 Australians can travel to most states, here are the latest rules:

State Border status What should I know? More info
ACT Open There is no restrictions travelling to ACT. More info
Northern Territory Open There are no restrictions for people entering the Northern Territory. For travellers tested positive, register for COVID CareNT and isolate at least 7 days. More info
Queensland Open Travellers can enter Queensland as border restrictions has been lifted. Must provide proof of vaccination and use Check in Qld app for venues upon arrival. Travellers with COVID-19 symptoms must get tested immediately and isolate for 7 days. More info
New South Wales Open There are no longer any restrictions to travel to NSW. Travellers are not required to complete an NSW entry declaration unless they have been in an affected area, an area of concern or a place of high concern in the last 14 days. More info
Tasmania Open There are no entry requirements arriving to Tasmania. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, undergo test and comply with local requirements. More info
Victoria Open Travellers no longer need COVID-19 Border Entry Permit to enter Victoria. More info
Western Australia Open There is no need to register with G2G Pass, proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, pre-departure or arrival COVID-19 testing when entering WA. More info

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Frequently asked questions about travelling within South Australia during COVID-19

How far can I travel from my home?

Residents of South Australia are free to travel anywhere in their state as can visitors.

Are there any regional travel restrictions in South Australia?

No, you may travel anywhere within the state.

When you leave your home, a distance of 1.5 metres should be maintained between you and others. Masks are mandatory in high-risk settings and on public transport.

Do I need to limit the number of people I'm travelling with?

There is a 10-person limit for private gatherings. Regardless of the number, you should keep your party minimal to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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