Relocating to Adelaide

Adelaide, the green city

South Australia is a beautiful part of the world to live in and its capital, Adelaide, is no exception. The city is not a huge and sprawling city, its much more compact, which makes everything easily accessible. It takes about 20 minutes to reach just about any place around the city no matter where you live, so no sitting in large traffic jams during your morning commute in Adelaide! The city also has a wonderful and smart design with parklands all around, allowing you to easily and safely walk or cycle instead of driving.

In 2019, Adelaide was ranked the 10th most liveable city in the world based on healthcare, education and infrastructure. The city is surrounded by nature and has plans to become the world’s first carbon-neutral city — a fantastic address if you want the benefits of living in an energetic city without compromising on safety, fresh air and natural landscapes.

Adelaide’s history

Before European settlement, Adelaide was inhabited by the Kaurna tribe, their territory ranging from what is now Cape Jervis to Port Broughton. The city was then colonised around the 1830s with land being sold rather than given away to encourage people with money to live and work in the area. Named after King William IV’s wife, Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, the land was sold and free passage was arranged for the new landowners and workers who were able to work there to pay off their purchases.

Following World War ll, South Australia settled many European migrants and the area became known for the manufacture of electrical goods and Holden cars. In the 1970s, Adelaide went about its cultural revival to become a centre for the arts. Today the city hosts the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the largest open-access arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

Before European settlement, Adelaide was inhabited by the Kaurna tribe, their territory ranging from what is now Cape Jervis to Port Broughton. The city was then colonised around the 1830s with land being sold rather than given away to encourage people with money to live and work in the area. Named after King William IV’s wife, Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, the land was sold and free passage was arranged for the new landowners and workers who were able to work there to pay off their purchases.

Following World War ll, South Australia settled many European migrants and the area became known for the manufacture of electrical goods and Holden cars. In the 1970s, Adelaide went about its cultural revival to become a centre for the arts. Today the city hosts the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the largest open-access arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

What is the climate like?

 

Adelaide’s climate is similar to the Mediterranean. Summers are hot and dry with an average temperature of around 26°C whereas the winter season (June to August) is mild but can be rainy and sits around 15°C.

While we’re on the topic of climate, we touched on this above but it’s worth mentioning in more detail that one of the great aspects about living in Adelaide is the city’s response to climate change by prioritising renewable energy, greener travel and reduced carbon emissions. In Seotember 2020 South Australia passed a law to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and cutlery starting early 2021. The very first state in Australia to make this amazing step. 

What is the city like?

Getting around Adelaide is easy thanks to the strategic city planning, multi-lane roads and well-functioning public transport system. The Adelaide Metro is a great and affordable way to commute within the city via bus or tram. Wherever you go in Adelaide, you’ll always see a lot of people walking or riding bicycles because it’s so safe and convenient to move around this way. There are around 30 large public parks around the city along with a beautiful botanical garden in the centre — an urban oasis!

If you want to get away from the city buzz, you’ll be spoilt for choice with many nearby wine regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, or perhaps you can hop over to Kangaroo Island or even go shark diving in Port Lincoln. On one side of Adelaide is the Great Ocean Road, a magnificent coastline with a reputation for having the best sunsets, while the North has Flinders Range, the largest mountain range in South Australia . Every weekend in Adelaide will inspire to you embark on a new adventure!

Culture and sport in Adelaide

Adelaide has always been an easy-going city with a relaxing, slow-paced way of living. In recent years, however, the nightlife and entertainment scene has experienced a gradual revamp to now offer a generous selection of laid-back bars, cool eateries, weekend markets and cultural events. The best bars and restaurants are often under the radar, so even if you’ve lived here for a while, you’ll keep on discovering new dining and hangout spots.

The Adelaide Festival mentioned earlier expanded quite a bit since it first started in the 1970s. The festival programme now includes events like a writers’ week, film festival, cabaret festival, queer culture festival and a food and wine affair. A handful of these annual events take place in March, making it an exciting time of the year to be in the city! Other festivals of note that take place throughout the year are the Greek Glendi, the  German Schützenfest and the largest Christmas parade in the world. Adelaide is also home to a multitude of galleries and theatre spaces that regularly host art exhibitions, live music shows and dance performances.

For sports fans, there is plenty to be entertained by. Football, basketball, cricket and netball are some of the most popular professional sports played in Adelaide. The city has a vibrant sports culture with fans gathering in the Adelaide Oval to support their favourite teams.

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