Saturday, 3 February 2018

Australian State of the Month – South Australia

Here is the next instalment of my monthly feature going through the States of Australia in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest. 

Location – South Australia has borders with every other state except Tasmania (which is an island).  Just under 2 million people live in the state, about ¾ of them in and around Adelaide.

Nicknames – The Festival State, The Wine State


Capital – Adelaide (largest city too) – named after the wife of King William IV, founded in 1836 as a planned capital.  It was formed from free settlers – not as a penal colony.

Flower – Sturt's Desert Pea

State Bird – Piping shrike – important enough to be on the flag

State Animal – Southern hairy-nosed wombat

State Sports – Australian Rules Football (don't understand it at all but quite like  the outfits) and in the summer, Cricket

Signature foods – Pie floater ( a classic meat pie sitting in pea soup)

Great places to visit – McClaren Vale, Barossa Valley, any of the many festivals

Famous businesses/brands – Australia builds most of its submarines here.

Famous people from South Australia – Sir Donald Bradman, Maggie Beer (born NSW but farms in SA), Robert Stigwood (producer),Vernon Knowles (writer),  the Chappell brothers (cricket), Lleyton Hewitt (tennis), Sia (eccentric pop star)


  1. Ooooo, I like this series!

  2. So lovely. One of my very very best friends lives in Adelaide, it was nice to see it mentioned.

    Thank you,
    Marianne from Let's Read

  3. Interesting! The wombat is so cute! I've never heard of Pie Floater before.


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