British boy-band One Direction have touched down in Australia, which means one thing - teenage hysteria has kicked off.

Tears flowed on Sunday when Aussie fans followed decoy black vans and missed seeing three of their idols at Adelaide Airport after Liam Payne, Zayne Malik and Louis Tomlinson had flown in from Dubai.

Payne later apologised to fans on Twitter, saying they were told it "wasn't safe".

Excitement levels peaked when Harry Styles arrived at the airport on a later flight on Sunday and waved to frenzied (mainly female) fans.

Fifth member Niall Horan, who was in Melbourne, is now reportedly staying with the rest of the group at the Novotel resort in the Barossa Valley.

Unwinding after the flight, Styles was photographed playing golf on Sunday afternoon.

One Direction play the first Australian concert of their Take Me Home tour on Monday night in Adelaide.

Tweens and teens in the South Australian capital have been at fever pitch trying to track the stars.

Spoof reports of the band members' activities have not made the task of tracking them easier. The Adelaide Crows apologised on Monday morning for tweeting that they would show the band around later on Monday.

They soon corrected the joke: "Apologies to any @onedirection fans now heading to West Lakes. The earlier tweet was a cheap gag #outofcontrol #mediafrenzy."

One Direction will play three sold-out concerts at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, before heading to Perth, Christchurch and Auckland, and then return to Australia for shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.