Adelaide is the up and coming capital of South Australia, home to approximately 1.5 million people. Although it may not be as well-known as its neighbors, Melbourne and Sydney, there is plenty to make Adelaide a great place to call home. It is an affordable, friendly city that is on the way up.
The city of Adelaide is conveniently sized; being 1 square mile makes it easy to explore the entire city on foot. Its walkability is also improved by its simple grid-like design, a feature that won founder Colonel Light much praise when he devised the city in 1837. As most South Australians will proudly tell you, Adelaide was made up entirely of free settlers - no convicts here!
The entire city is surrounded by a ‘green belt’ which can easily be seen from the rooftops of Adelaide. These parklands are open to the public and make it easy to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is common to see residents enjoying Adelaide’s beautiful sunny weather in these parks!
Over the last few years, Adelaide has seen an explosion of restaurants, cafes and bars. It is now home to many fine dining options, as well as pocket sized ‘small bars’ that are well loved by residents of all ages. Adelaide’s reputation as one of the world’s most multicultural cities is also seen in its food choices; within the square mile you can feast on delicious cuisines including Vietnamese, Argentinian, Italian, Serbian, Iranian and more.
Another new feature of Adelaide is the brand new football stadium and footbridge across the River Torrens. Like most Australians, ‘Adelaideans’ love their sport, generally backing one of the city’s two football teams: the Adelaide Crows or Port Power. Games here regularly attract over 40,000 passionate fans, and the atmosphere is electric!
From the Adelaide CBD, it is very easy to make short day trips using the state’s public transport system, Adelaidemetro. A favorite for both locals and visitors is Glenelg Beach, which is just 12km from the city center on the tram. This cosmopolitan beach offers safe swimming as well as a variety of shops and cafes. Other popular beaches include Semaphore, Henley and Grange.
Perhaps the best time of year in Adelaide is over summer, where it well and truly lives up to its reputation as the festival state. The most famous festival is the Adelaide Fringe, which sees artists and performers from all over the world descend on Adelaide to do shows. It is not uncommon to walk down the main shopping strip, Rundle Mall, and see jugglers, singers and even contortionists fining their acts on the street! Other festivals around this time include the Clipsal 500 car race, and the Adelaide Writers Week.
Although the city center is home to a number of stylish apartment complexes, the majority of residents live in the suburbs. Blocks tend to be generously sized, which is great for families with children. There are many good public (government) and private (non-Government) schools, and three universities: the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, and Flinders University.
One major drawcard of Adelaide is its affordability. House prices in Adelaide are far cheaper than in Sydney or Melbourne ? with the median house price just $400,000. Other costs, such as for groceries or eating out at restaurants, are also far cheaper than the Eastern States.
The flip side, however, is that Adelaide has a slightly higher unemployment rate than many other Australian cities. While some industries, such as IT and tourism, are doing well, Adelaide has suffered due to the decline in mining and manufacturing. Nonetheless, many opportunities exist in Adelaide - especially for those with an entrepreneurial spirit!
The greater Adelaide area is also a haven for wine lovers, with a number of excellent wine regions. Probably the two most famous are the Barossa Valley to the north, and the McLaren Vale to the south. Both have incredible wines in a picturesque setting. Nearly all wineries in this region have a cellar door where you can taste the wine (for free), often while discussing it with the wine maker themselves.