South Australia

Explore our South Australian training region.

South Australia

Explore our South Australian training region.

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Last updated 5 March 2024

South Australia

South Australia is a lively region with famous wine destinations and is home to the most accessible outback in Australia, the Flinders Ranges. Its landscape varies from rugged outback wilderness and desert, including some of the most arid parts of the continent, to scenic mountain ranges and a coastline that stretch more than 3,700 kilometres.

The state has a population of 1.8 million people, 80% of whom live in Adelaide and surrounding metropolitan areas. Large regional population areas include Mount Gambier in the state's South East, and Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Port Augusta on the Eyre Peninsula. 

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Barossa Hills Fleurieu

Barossa Hills and Fleurieu is a major wine-producing and tourism region in South Australia.

The Barossa has a lively arts community and cultural events such as Barossa Gourmet Weekend and the Barossa Vintage Festival.

With its gentle rolling hills and expansive plains, the Hills region is filled with distinctive wildlife and vegetation, supporting many significant and endangered flora and fauna.

Fleurieu Peninsula is a spectacular landscape of national parks, vineyards and splendid coastlines, less than an hour from Adelaide.

The Barossa, Hills and Fleurieu regions provide GP registrars with a wide variety of experiences, including general practice, rural medicine, surgery and emergency services.


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Eyre and Northern Rural

The Eyre and Northern Rural region stretches from towering ancient cliffs and dusty red roads to some of South Australia’s most accessible seaside regions.

The Flinders Ranges and Mid North areas are renowned for their vast open spaces, and iconic landmarks across historic towns, and stone buildings.

Yorke Peninsula shipwrecks have made it a popular tourist attraction, especially for divers. Popular recreation activities include fishing, boating, surfing, swimming, camping, and bushwalking, which are attractive for families.

Eyre Peninsula is also home to a number of diverse landscapes – from uncrowded, pristine beaches and rugged clifftops, to the plains of the Nullarbor, the outback, and agricultural farmland.

These outer rural areas provide a diverse outback experience including opportunities to become a rural generalist. There are a wide range of medical practices and Aboriginal Medical Services are available in this area.


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Riverland Mallee Coorong

Running along the Murray River, Riverland Mallee Coorong is known for its exquisite ochre-coloured cliffs, remarkable scenery, and vibrant landscapes. Popular recreational activities include water sports, motorsports, houseboat cruises, and innovative cellar door, brewery and distillery experiences.

World-renowned Kangaroo Island is only a short ferry-trip or flight away from the mainland. Kangaroo Island is known as nature’s playground with its unique wildlife and breathtaking scenery.

Registrars in Riverland Mallee Coorong can have exposure to a large number of special interest areas.


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Limestone Coast

The Limestone Coast is renowned for its diverse landscapes and exceptional geological features. It is home to some of South Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders, such as Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake, the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves, Coorong National Park, and the Umpherston Sinkhole. 

The region offers a variety of general practice training opportunities, including Aboriginal Health placements.


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Adelaide Inner Metro

The capital city of South Australia, Adelaide Inner Metro is a vibrant, electric and exciting place to explore.

Enjoy spectacular views across River Torrens and Adelaide Hills. Indulge in Adelaide's lively entertainment scene of award-winning fine dining restaurants, trendy bars, heritage pubs, sidewalk cafes and laneways, markets and world-class cultural events, such as the Adelaide Festival and Fringe Festival.

Adelaide has a significant number of training sites including practices and health centres which provide a broad range of opportunities for GP registrars.


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Adelaide Outer Metro

Adelaide Outer Metro is encompassed by a diverse range of suburbs. Its waterside western suburbs offer a relaxed, beachside lifestyle, while tree-lined streets and heritage homes embody the eastern areas. 

Adelaide’s southern suburbs are a blend of industry, commercial estates, beachside suburbs, and residential areas, while the fast-growing northern suburbs economically transforms to support future opportunities.

There are a significant number of practices and health services offering a range of opportunities for GP registrars.


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