In 2011, 86% of households owned at least one car, and 50% of households in SA have 2 or more motor vehicles. This helps to explain why, when you’re looking to buy a car in Adelaide, it’s super easy to find a car yard, they are on nearly every corner and main road. Our cars are a central part of the South Australian lifestyle.
Before you go to buy a car, you want to make sure that you aren’t going to pay too much for it. This means you’ll want to find a pre-approved car loan, before you start to hit the dealerships.
With a premium car loan in Adelaide, you’ll be set to find the car you want (or just the one you need!) whether you decide to buy a new or a used car.
Adelaide is really just a big country town, and it doesn’t have the most extensive or frequent transport network yet.
You may be able to get convenient public transport to work if you’re really lucky or you live right in the CBD, or get an Uber around the suburbs, but if you want to venture any further afield you will likely need a car to get where you want to go.
To see the whales, you need to go between June and October. By late August, you’ll be able to see not only adult whales, but the young calves swimming alongside their mothers too.
Being such a long drive - a full 9 hours from Adelaide- you’ll want to plan out stops along the way. The coastline is spectacular, with plenty of opportunities to fish, such as Fowlers Bay, or surf at Cactus Beach, one of Australia’s most famous surfing beaches, 21 km south of Penong.
There’s also the world’s longest fence, the Dog Fence, stretching 5, 614 km from Jimbour in Queensland to the cliffs above the Great Australian Bite.
There’s a beautiful road trip you can take that explores the Limestone Coast. If you swing by Beachport, you’ll find the Pool of Siloam, which is 7 times as salty as the ocean. It’s a great place to learn how to swim, because floating is much easier!
This roadtrip will also include the Naracoorte Caves, and the Coorong National Park. In Mount Gambier, you will visit the Blue Lake, Umpherston Sinkhole and Tantanoola’s pink dolomite caves. There’s plenty of room to adjust the itinerary to suit your own interests.
To get to Kangaroo Island (or KI as the locals affectionately refer to it) you’ll take a 90 minute drive from Adelaide to Cape Jervis, followed by a 14km ferry ride to get onto the Island itself.
Once there there’s plenty of options for activities, such as the Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park, checking out Seal Bay, or just relaxing on the beach.
When you visit the famous wine region of the Barossa Valley, take a break between tastings to check out the Whispering Wall. It was built between 1899 and 1903 near Williamstown to hold the Barossa Reservoir. The 200m curved structure carries sound clearly from one end to the other. Something you really have to experience for yourself!
Between Tailem Bend and Meningie algae turns the lake next to the Princes Highway pink.
One of the most beautiful areas of Outback South Australia is the Flinders Ranges and the iconic Wilpena Pound.
If you’re really energetic, you can take a day hike up St Mary’s Peak to look down into the Pound, or even a several day hike through Edeowie Gorge and Glenora Falls.
If you’re not up for the hike you can take a scenic flight to view the Pound and nearby Lake Eyre.
There’s also lots of 4wd options for exploring the local tracks and testing your driving skills.
The epicurean choices in South Australia are rich and extensive.
There are endless wineries to visit, tastings, picking strawberries, sampling local produce. It’s unlikely that you’ll get it all done in a day (especially if you want to taste the wines along the way!)
Follow the Epicurean Way for some of the highlights or create your own journey, tackling one region at a time.
Before you start driving your new car in SA, there are a few things to be aware of:
Now the upgrades are complete, this infamous intersection between Fullarton Road, Dequetteville Terrace, Kensington Road and Wakefield Street is now 2 round-a-bouts rather than one.
There’s 3 lanes, so make sure you know where you want to exit, and position yourself in the correct lane. Give way before you enter, but be confident and take a gap when you see it.
In SA, many drivers will drive 5-10kmph below the speed limit. Whether from timidity, confusion over the now 50kmph back streets, or just caution against speed cameras, try to be patient, and overtake safely when you can.
For whatever reason, South Australian drivers are not good mergers. This can cause tension when 2 lanes becomes one lane, as other drivers may be reluctant to let you in. The best option is to be patient, indicate, and move confidently into a small gap. If a polite driver does let you in, give them a wave to say thanks and spread the courteous vibes.
It may be hard to believe, but little old Adelaide is home to a world-first in traffic monitoring-realtime monitoring using bluetooth technology. You can download the smartphone app for iOS or Google Play to get real time delay information. If you're running the app as you drive, you'll receive an audio alert detailing any incidents, the type of incident and expected delay. Pretty cool!
This same tech provides the information for SA's variable messaging signs that predict how long it'll take to travel the Princes Highway or the Southern Express Way.
Whether you need a car to get to and from work, or you want take the family out to see the countryside on the weekend, having a car in Adelaide is a real asset. And unless you happen to have some spare cash saved up, you’ll probably need an Adelaide Car Loan to get you the car that you want.
To find out more about how to get a car loan, call a car loan broker on 1300 722 210. If you’re not sure exactly what kind of car loan you need, you can browse our website to find out about:
Once you’ve got a car loan approved, we can even help you to find the car you’re looking for, and save you the hassle of shopping around.