Adelaide in a nutshell

Adelaide is the capital of South Australia

Adelaide is Australia’s fifth largest city and 1,324,279 people live there.

Melbourne is the closest major Australian city to Adelaide which is approximately 600 km away.

Known as the city of churches Adelaide is also a university town.

My nephew and his family moved to Adelaide 2011 from York in the UK and love it there.

I have not yet visited Adelaide but will make the effort soon.

Adelaide City


The Torrens river separates the city into North Adelaide and Adelaide.

Green parkland surrounds both central areas separating the city from the suburbs.

Because the city is small, it is simple to get about with Victoria Square the heart of the town.

Overlooking Elder Park and the river Torrens is the Festival Centre, an architectural landmark.

Of interest to all of us who are immigrants, is the Migration Museum.

Central Railway Station built in the 1920’s with marble floors, Corinthian columns and a domed ceiling is also worth a visit. Skycity Adelaide casino occupies the upper floors so if you are a gambler it may be worth your while to pop in.

The River Torrens provides a scenic setting for many leisure activities that includes cycling, walking, paddling or a fun river cruise.

Liveability survey

Aus. cities

According to the 2015 Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Survey, Adelaide holds 5th position as the most liveable city in the world.

Australia has 3 cities in the top ten, Melbourne 1st, Adelaide 5th and Perth 7th which I think is an awesome achievement.

It is interesting to note that in 2010 Adelaide was one of The Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit.

The mining industry and immigration policies encourage young people to come to Adelaide and plays an important part in its population growth.

The cost of housing is more affordable here when compared to Sydney or Melbourne.

 Location and highlights

The city of Adelaide is surrounded by the hills on the east, and has over 70 kilometres of coastline on the west.

Adelaide is undergoing a fast transformation and has laneways and side streets with a burgeoning small-bars and eateries.

It is also a world-class art and music centre.

Adelaide city

Beautiful Adelaide

Adelaide’s festival calendar, especially during February and March, is on par with any other Aussie city.

The Adelaide Botanic gardens with its wonderful flora and the exquisite 1877-built Palm House is well worth a visit.

Take a stroll along North Terrace, home to the city’s most important cultural institutions i.e. the Art Gallery of South Australia that features a collection of more than 38,000 works.

Adelaide’s beaches

Henley beach

Adelaide Henley Beach

Adelaide city is located on the east of the Gulf St Vincent.

A 25-minute tram ride from town will take you to Adelaide’s bustling beachside neighbourhood with heritage hotels, alfresco cafés and the white sandy beaches of West Beach, Henley Beach, Glenelg Beach and Semaphore Beach.

If want to surf then head out to the Fleurieu Peninsula, a 45 minute drive south of Adelaide.

For other beach options head north for about an hour and a half to begin exploring over 700 km of amazing beaches on the York Peninsula


Barossa Valley

Jacobs Creek – Barossa Valley

Adelaide is a world-renowned wine growing region so if wine is your thing take some time to visit the Barossa Valley  and Coonawarra regions in the cooler Adelaide hills.

Kangaroo Island


A kangaroo on Kangaroo Island – where else?

Everyone I speak to recommends a trip to Kangaroo Island.

It’s a short hour and a half’s drive south from the city to the ferry.

On the island you will enjoy the natural wildlife of the island kangaroos, penguins, koalas, wallabies, goannas and a lot more.

Adelaide’s Weather

Adelaide Weather

The City experiences a temperate Mediterranean type climate.

Summers are hot and dry (25 -35 deg C) whilst winters are generally wet and cold (10 – 15 deg C).

In summer temperatures can at time exceed 40 deg C, but a low humidity makes it bearable.

What do you think

Do you have any questions about living in Adelaide, then please ask them in the comments section below. Or if you live in or know this city well, please tell us what you think about it or even help by answering some of the questions people have.

I’m sure anybody thinking of moving to Adelaide will be grateful for any help you can give them.

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