SA attracts approximately 350,000 visitors each year and, according to recent statistics, those that visit are staying longer. It means that they love what they're seeing. But of course, those of us who live here already know how lucky we are.
It's a state of many contrasts. There's such an incredible range of choice – the colours and the textures; the landscapes and the people.
And, with 4 distinct seasons each year the choices for great photographic subjects increases again. The supply of photography hot spots is seemingly endless.
I'm still discovering this remarkable state and I seriously doubt that I'll see all of it in my lifetime. So, for this article I'm just going to write about what I know – the places I've seen and photographed across South Australia – the places that you can go and get great shots and terrific memories.
The Adelaide CBD is evolving before our eyes. It's an exciting mix of fine-looking stately and heritage-listed buildings with stunning ultra-modern high-tech architecture. The CBD is safe to wander, even at night when it looks particularly beautiful. There's always something happening in the CBD – most weekends there'll be a festival on. Our green city has magnificent gardens and parklands that photographers spend hours in.
Mt Lofty and its Botanical Gardens are a good place to get great photos, especially in autumn and spring – the place is simply bursting with colour. But there's more to the Adelaide Hills than Mt Lofty. Visit often, explore the small towns and large landscapes, take many photos and thoroughly enjoy all that the hills area has to offer.
Only an hour north of Adelaide and you're in the wine capital of Australia. As the saying goes – it's a perfect blend. It's certainly perfect for photographers with so much to shoot. The lookout on Menglers Hill is great for panoramic shots.
The "Adventure Peninsula" with whales and wildlife in abundance. You'll go mad photographing the beaches, surfers, fishers, sky divers and steam trains. Head to Goolwa to see where the mighty Murray River greets the Southern Ocean.
Drive just a few hours north from the city and you're in the outback. The incredible outback where there isn't a sound and the night sky is lit up with a million stars that you feel that you can touch. It's the cultural heart and spiritual soul of us.
On our doorstep is one of the world's major river networks. The powerful Murray-Darling River Systems weaves its way through South Australia. Get out and explore what the area has to offer. The sunsets on the cliff faces are simply breathtaking and the open plains zoo at Monarto is the largest in the world.
Don't sit at home and wait for the right time, the right weather or the right bank balance. Get out and explore, even if it's for a few hours. Take a friend or 2 and have a brilliant time exploring South Australia.
Make a list of the places you want to see and photograph and tick them off as you do them.
For me, this year will see me and my camera in the State's far north and the Eyre Peninsula.