Living in Adelaide

Adelaide CityAdelaide is the capital of South Australia and is Australia’s fifth largest city. It has a population of around 1.29 million people and is situated on the south coast of Australia about 600 km north west of Melbourne. It has a reputation for being calm and relaxed with a feel more like a big town than a city.Adelaide Location Map

It ranks very well according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Liveability Survey, being placed as the fifth most liveable city in the world; impressive. It’s a lofty position which leaves many who live there bewildered, as some of the comments below will illustrate.

The city centre is divided into North Adelaide and Adelaide by the narrow Torrens River. Then both of these central areas are completely surrounded by green park lands which separate the centre from the suburbs. The city is small and compact and easy to navigate being laid out in a grid like fashion. The heart of the city is Victoria Square.

Adelaide claims to be the “20 minutes city”, meaning you can get anywhere within 20 minutes by car. That’s probably a slight exaggeration, but it is an easy city to get around and there is little by the way of traffic jams.

Adelaide and the surrounding areas are a beach goer’s paradise. The city itself sits on the east of the Gulf St. Vincent and is just 10 km away from those sandy shores. West Beach, Henley Beach, Glenelg Beach and Semaphore Beach are all close by and may well be some of the best metropolitan beaches in Australia.

For even more beach options, jump into the car and head north for about an hour and a half. You can then begin to explore over 700 km of beaches on the York Peninsula. Take your pick, there’s plenty to choose from. If you want to drive your car on a beach, go to North Beach at Wallaroo.

If that’s not enough for you, take a trip out to Kangaroo Island, just a short ferry trip about an hour and a half’s drive south from the city. Enjoy the natural wildlife of the island, kangaroos, penguins, koalas, wallabies, goannas and a lot more.

Oh, and Adelaide is also internationally recognised for its winemaking at vineyards such as those at the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra regions.

Sounds nice doesn’t it?

What’s the weather like?

Adelaide Annual Weather ChartAdelaide’s climate has been described as “Mediterranean” and summers can be extremely hot but what is most notable of all, is how dry it is. It’ll play havoc with your skin.

Summers are really sunny but winter is not so good, being quite cold and dull with a fair bit of rain.

The heat and the dryness do, of course, indicate the dangers of bushfires. Other severe weather would include thunderstorms and gales.

Here’s a map of Adelaide with the location of each of those areas:

Adelaide Map
Adelaide can be broken down into five main areas:

  • Inner Adelaide – includes City, Inner North, Inner South, Inner East and Inner West
  • North Adelaide – includes Port Adelaide Area, Outer North East and Outer North
  • South Adelaide – includes Outer South
  • East Adelaide – includes Adelaide Hills
  • West Adelaide – includes Glenelg and Brighton

Questions about Adelaide?

If you have any question about living in Adelaide, please please feel free to ask them in the comments below. Or if you know this city well, why not tell us what you think of it or maybe even help out by answering some of the questions people have about the area. I’m sure anybody thinking of moving here would be very grateful for any help you can give them.

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  • Sameer Roopawalla October 27, 2016, 9:58 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, Hi everyone,

    My name is Sameer. My wife and I are migrating to Adelaide in February 2017. We both are 25 years old and are super excited to get our life started in Australia. We had a few questions, do help us with your answers!

    1) We are planning to stay in a hostel for a month when we migrate. This will allow us to time to find a job and then look for a more permanent accommodation near the workplace. Is this a good decision?

    2) I work in Digital Marketing and my wife is a Public relations professional. Is it going to be tough to find a job in Adelaide? Could you recommend a good strategy for us to land a good job?

    3) Is Adelaide a fun place? We both love a good meal out, swimming, trekking and other things outdoorsie.

    4) We don’t really want for much but what range of income is required in order for us to have a comfortable life in Adelaide? I mean the kind of life a typical 25 year old couple would enjoy?

    Hoping to have a great conversation with you guys!

    Many Thanks,

  • Joe October 26, 2016, 4:57 pm | Link

    I have just moved back to Adelaide after 20 years professional work abroad – mainly in IT.

    Adelaide is flatlining. The jobs only vary between poorly paid casual/ part time and a few senior jobs that one has to have an established network to even have a chance at. Adelaide is a closed workshop, if you didn’t go to one of the few private schools here, you will never make it into the professional network. Sorry, but it’s the truth.

    The State Government is on the ropes, being responsible for the highest unemployment rate in the country. Their policies are to look after the locals first and foremost.

    I would honestly see any hopes of a foreign worker being offered a job and then a visa above an Australian as remote at this stage of the economic cycle. There is a glut of skilled and professional workers. Most agencies and employers auto-preclude applications from those without entitlement to work here, you will not make it past the first question of the on-line application. Why would any employer incur the huge up front expense of hiring a foreign worker, when there are thousands applying for roles at reduced salaries without that onboarding cost?

    Very little IT development done in Australia, certainly not Adelaide. Most primary IT work is done offshore and maintenance stuff done from Sydney/ Melbourne/ Poland/ India.

    Probably not what you wanted to hear, but I hope it provides for an informed decision.

    • BobinOz October 27, 2016, 7:09 pm | Link

      I imagine Adelaide looks like a very different place after such a long period away from it Joe. The lack of working opportunities in Adelaide at the moment has been subject to much discussion in the comments here, and as you say, the situation is quite grim.

      Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s just Adelaide, it’s hard to get a job pretty much anywhere in Australia at the moment…

      Although I will agree with you, it does seem to be particularly bad in South Australia. Western Australia and Tasmania aren’t much better off though. Let’s hope things get better soon, and everywhere.

    • Josh October 27, 2016, 10:38 pm | Link

      are you a LNP member Joe?

  • sam October 25, 2016, 6:35 pm | Link

    Hi Folks,

    Am a little hesitant to move to Adelaide due to job scarcity. Am an indian planning to migrate from Saudi Arabia ( Tax free salary 🙂 ) as an SAP IT Consultant to Adelaide SA in Oct 2017. Though, i received my 190 PR in 2013 and would expire by Jan 2018 ( need to enter Australia before PR expires ).

    How is the present situation for IT Job Market and list out the affordable suburbs for Indian community ? Is it wise to move to Sydney or Mel after mandatory stay of 2 yrs in Adelaide ? How much would it be average monthly expenditure for a Couple including Housing in Adelaide ?

    I am fond of water sports and beaches but have heard that SA is prone to shark & box jelly fishes.

    I am also interested to have IT networking contacts to find a suitable job in advance before land up in Adelaide.

    Is it wise to buy or rent home property in Adelaide ?

    Appreciate your help to answer the queries.

  • Suraj Palekar September 28, 2016, 3:15 pm | Link

    Hi! I am an Indian and my Gf is Hungarian, we are 35 and considering Adelaide as an option to settle down. We both are working for an International Online Travel company and plan to look for a
    there or start a travel biz. I also have a son who is 2 yr old from my first marriage.

    What you suggest in terms of safety, biz/job and education system? If not Adelaide then do you have any recommendation within Aus?

    Suraj Palekar

    • BobinOz October 2, 2016, 6:34 pm | Link

      Most of our Australian cities are very safe, but like anywhere, each has its areas that are not as good as they could be. If housing looks significantly cheaper than elsewhere, there is often a reason for that.

      Have a read of the comments here, there’s lots of talk about the various suburbs, biz and job opportunities, as well as talk about the schools. If you’re not sure Adelaide is for you, check out my page called A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia.

      Hope that helps, good luck, Bob

  • Maria September 20, 2016, 5:41 am | Link

    Hi all,
    My husband and I will be moving to Adelaide at the end of the month. He got a position at UniSA in Mawson Lakes.
    I would like to know if Mawson Lakes is a good place to live…We were considering renting an apartment there or in the city center. I may be studying at Flinders University, so I am a little concern about the transportation.

    Thank you so much!

    • BobinOz September 21, 2016, 6:33 pm | Link

      Have a little look further down Maria, you’ll find a conversation started by Amy with contributions from Paul and Gareth. They talk about Mawson Lakes and a few of the suburbs around that way. It will answer your question. Good luck, Bob

    • Josh October 16, 2016, 11:24 am | Link

      Hi Maria,

      Despite Mawson Lakes being in the northern suburbs, its quite a decent place to live, and a bit more cosmopolitan than the usual boring suburban sprawl in the surrounding suburbs. The train to the city is quite quick (20 mins) but then its a 40 min bus ride from the city to Flinders Uni (quicker if you get a rare express), which is almost equal distance in the southern suburbs as Mawson Lakes is to the north. Renting a apartment in the city would be far better, but also more expensive

  • Dario September 19, 2016, 5:41 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    my girlfriend and I will be moving to Adelaide from Italy with a WHV in mid November. We’ll be staying in a hostel while looking for job and accomodation. Are there any areas or suburbs of the city you would reccomend, well-served by public transport and with reasonable rent prices? Thanks a lot!

    • BobinOz September 19, 2016, 2:58 pm | Link

      Backpacking in Australia is very popular and most hostels (or backpackers) offer value for money. If I were you, I would just go close to wherever you can get the work, that’s the hardest thing to secure. Also, move around a bit if you can, see as much of Australia as possible, that’s part of the fun.

      For more, see Working Holiday Visas and Backpacking in Australia.

      Good luck, Bob

  • vindy August 28, 2016, 5:01 pm | Link

    hello bob
    hi could u please help us and tell me how can a person who is arriving to south Australia find a accomodation in it and which and where r the best schools in Adelaide for 9th grade and 11 grade schools in Adelaide . also pls guide how to go about all this we really need ur help and guidance thank you

    • BobinOz August 29, 2016, 6:18 pm | Link

      My pages Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia and Which school? will help you, and if you let us know what your budget is and whether you want to rent or buy, then maybe somebody local would be able to give you more information.

      Yes, there is a great deal to do when moving to a new country, that is mainly why I started this website, there is a lot of help and guidance on the many pages you will find here, so have a good read, I’m sure you will find lots of help.

  • Manish August 27, 2016, 8:38 pm | Link

    First of all, i am a big fan of this website. Its great to see Bob replying to all the posts, marked to him, and others pitching in to help one another. I am moving to Adeliade (from India) in Nov’16 with my wife and 5 year old daughter. I have a specific requirement of enrolling my daughter into any of the ‘English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)’ school which provides support to the children in terms of understanding and adjusting to Australian accent/English before a child goes to any of the mainstream schools. I have searched and found that Gille Street Primary School (Adelaide) provides this pattern of education.
    My requirement is to find a suburb that is near to Gille Street and also it should be a place from where i can travel to the most common job places in Adelaide.
    Please help me with below information
    1.I have shortlisted few places – South Terrace, Norwood, Cowandilla, Hyde park. Are these the right places to choose from ? is there any other better place for taking a house on a rent ?
    2. My budget is approx 200$ – 250$ per week, which place should i look for to get an apartment kind of an accomodation.
    3. Apart from Gille Street which other school should i consider ?

    I don’t know anyone out there in Adelaide and completely dependent on google search to find out suburbs, schools, job locations etc.

    If anyone has any information then please help me with it.


    • Manoj Mathew August 27, 2016, 11:33 pm | Link

      Hi Manish,

      I stay in Woodville and I know Pennington kindergarten School has a govt funded programme for new migrants kids to get them trained in English to be Australian school ready.. They also have a bus facility for these students who get picked and dropped daily free of charge.. Woodville is part of Western Suburbs and travel time to city is approx 20 to 25 mins…

      Wishing u all the best.

      • Manish August 28, 2016, 11:12 pm | Link

        Hi Manoj,
        Thanks a lot for sharing the information, will just check out more about it.

        Thanks again.

    • Josh August 30, 2016, 11:46 pm | Link

      Hi Manish,

      Gilles Street Primary School is located in the city centre. Its not the CBD, rather a more residential area of the city centre, but there are no cheap rentals in this area, or the next street over (south Terrace) or Hutt Street. Its quite an upmarket area to live in. Basically, anywhere within a 10 km radius of the city centre is fine to rent (further out you go the cheaper the rent but the quality of the suburb drops), the eastern and southern suburbs more expensive than the northern and western suburbs. Most of the Indian community live around Enfield & Blair Athol, in the northern suburbs (about 8km out of the city centre)

      • Manish August 31, 2016, 4:01 am | Link

        Hi Josh,
        Thanks alot for the information shared. Blair Athol does have a kind of school which i am looking for.
        Just to have more options, any other area you could tell which fits into my rent budget (250-300 pw) which is a good quality (within 10 km of the city) and suitable for a family and like you said should be close to the city.
        Secondly, as i dont know as to where i will get a job in Adelaide, so would it be right to say that most of the jobs are in city or CBD hence i should look for a house in which is in close proximity the city or CBD.

        Many Thanks,

    • Lisa October 1, 2016, 9:04 am | Link

      This might be too late but Richmond Primary School has am ILC (Intensive English Language Centre) and is a very diverse school. It is in the Inner West of Adelaide.

      Good Luck,

  • Gareth August 18, 2016, 10:49 pm | Link

    Once again, Adelaide voted fifth most liveable city in the world.

    Aussie cities among most liveable ‘because size matters’

    Sydney drops out of top ten.

  • Amy August 13, 2016, 6:23 pm | Link

    Hi there!

    My husband is in the RAAF and we have just discovered that in Dec/Jan we are being posted from Newcastle NSW to Adelaide. We have lived in Brisbane and Newcastle, but have never been to Adelaide so I am arranging a visit next month.I will stay in Campbelltown with a friend’s Mum. I want to get a feel for the place.

    I am a secondary school teacher, so I am interested in being based fairly central to many high schools (private/public), preferably not in ‘rough’ areas, but not TOO far from Edinburgh RAAF base (30min drive is fine!). We will also have a daughter requiring pre-school and a son in Y1. My research would have me believe that the far north suburbs aren’t “great”, but of course if there are hidden gems out there I would like to know about them!

    We love to get out and about on weekends with the kids, both love good coffee (cafes/takeaways/nice restaurants/shopping centre/local Woolies/playgrounds and parks are all high on our list of things in close proximity!).

    Our final decision will inevitably be made based on which Defence houses become available for the time of our move, but if there are any particularly favourable suburbs up that way I would love to be pointed in the direction of them so I can keep my eyes peeled for the good ones!!

    Any info or advice will be GREATLY appreciated!!

    • Paul T August 13, 2016, 8:09 pm | Link

      Hi Amy
      My eldest daughter is also in the RAAF. Currently based at Edinburgh, although left to go OS last night for a fortnights training in the USA.
      She lives in a Defence force house with her husband (an Electrician – not RAAF) in a suburb called Blakeview. It’s not the greatest area generally, although most of the entire street is made up of forces families and they all look after each others houses when posted away, so great community spirit. Main reason she lives there is that there is a rule of thumb, that she cannot be more than a 15-20 minute drive from the Base, in case of an emergency. Not sure if this applies to all personnel, so you would have to check? If it does, it kind of limits your choices as to where you can live, to mostly the Northern suburbs. The family home is a good hours drive away (in traffic) so she was turned down to live here (before she married). Adelaide is pretty well known for its ‘Cafe Culture’ and most suburbs have their favourite spots. There are certainly plenty of shopping centres and schools, and good eateries and cafe’s throughout the North, so you should not have any problems? No where is really far from anywhere in Adelaide, (we used to be called the 20 minute city, but its probably more like 40 -45 these day!) so beaches, the CBD, beautiful Adelaide Hills etc. are all easily reachable if you want a days outing. As per my previous posts, I have lived here for 45 odd years, and still love the place, although its no paradise, and does have a number of problems found in most Western cities, but nothing to stress too much about, especially with hubbies secure job in Defence. Good luck!

      • Amy August 13, 2016, 8:41 pm | Link

        Thanks Paul!

        Very reassuring about the cafe culture! My husband has to go to the US for training, I assume on the same aircraft, for 6 weeks when we first arrive (nothing like being left on your own with 2 little kids and yourself to sort out in a new city…and state!).

        I don’t believe he has much of a distance boundary, hence why I am interested in moving closer in to the city (in terms of job prospects for myself). Good to know that driving isn’t hindered by disgusting traffic though!!

        I am researching Ingle Farm and surrounds at present…yes? No?


        • Gareth August 14, 2016, 10:25 am | Link

          Good morning Amy,
          My company did the end of lease cleaning for the DHA until a few months back so I can tell you the majority of the 946 DHA houses are in the northern suburbs, and because the land was cheap for the investors, attracts a certain quality of resident. I can also tell you that many of the house and blocks are small, sandwiched in together and because of no tree coverage or wind circulation, get very hot through summer. If you can ask for specific areas then aim for Mawson Lakes, Northgate, Lights View. These are closer to the city but still on the main drag to Edinburgh. They do have some properties in Mount Barker, and whilst a much nicer place to live, its a heck of a drive to the base every day. We have cleaned some older properties in Golden Grove, Greenwith and Largs, the latter being much better sized properties, despite being older, and close enough to both schools, city and the base.

          Welcome to SA!

          • Amy August 23, 2016, 6:49 pm | Link

            Thanks Gareth!

            I have been flicking through some of the properties available in the North, and you are right – sandwiched in for sure, with VERY small backyards and a lot of tin fencing. Hmmm. We have a black labrador pup, so the small yard thing is not ideal for him, or our 12ft trampoline! Hahaha.

            Mawson Lakes looks nice though there seem to be LOTS of townhouses, and according to the school website the application for Reception cut off was in early August due to an extremely high forecast of students in the area.

            I have booked my flights to come and visit next month so I am really happy to drive around and get a feel for the place…and Windy Point Restaurant looks like a pin on my map for sure!

            • Gareth August 23, 2016, 8:37 pm | Link

              Hi Amy,

              I haven’t been to Windy Point in years. You will find many excellent restaurants and cafes in the Adelaide Hills, along with wineries, breweries and distilleries, all exceptional reasons to live up here!

              Mawson Lakes is a very busy area, try for Lights View/Northgate or Golden Grove/Greenwith if you can, wit preference to the latter.

            • Dylan September 20, 2016, 10:57 pm | Link

              Hi Amy!

              Have you moved to Adelaide yet?

              I agree with the comment above about Blakeview. You could also try Andrews Farm or Munno Para West.

              The above are family friendly suburbs close to Edinburgh, close to schools, have parks and walking areas, and are close to shops. The adventure playground St. Kilda is only 15 mins or so from here too. The only drawback is 45 mins drive/30 min train trip to the city, but there is plenty of work in the area and transport is easy.

              I have lived in Andrews Farm for the past two years and it’s been great, every thing is easily accessible and it’s a safe area.

              Good luck.

              • Amy September 21, 2016, 5:06 pm | Link

                Hey Dylan!

                Thanks for your reply! I am visiting next week in fact, to check out the suburbs. Based on my research we are going to aim for Modbury/Hope Valley/Valley View region. The houses around here seem to have bigger backyards, and I have found 3 schools which I am going to tour during my week trip. We will be picking a house in Dec/Jan for an early-mid Jan move (great time of year for it…NOT!). We are just going to rent for the first 6 months before looking to buy a property in an area that we like.

                What do you think of the selected region? Any better or worse than the other?


        • Paul Timson August 14, 2016, 11:10 am | Link

          Hi Amy
          Ingle Farm is quite nice, and its also midway between the Airbase and the Adelaide CBD, so a good geographical location. The Ingle Farm shopping centre is one of my regular lunch stops (I’m a Sales Rep and on the road most week days).
          Closer area’s to avoid are Elizabeth and Salisbury, which probably qualify for your description of a ‘rough area’? The North eastern suburbs, where I live is quite nice, but it will take hubby a good hour to drive to Edinburgh. Some NE suburbs are, Dernancourt, Paradise, Campbelltown (wife and I had first house here) Newton, Magill, Burnside, Tranmere (where we live now), Norwood, but as I said, a good hours drive to the Base. Your stay with your friend in Campbelltown should give a good insight to life in Metro SA.
          Cheers, Paul

          • Amy September 21, 2016, 7:33 pm | Link

            Hi Paul!

            I just realised that I never replied to your comment 🙁 Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me! Ingle Farm is where I am keeping an eye on properties for sale. Will be driving around the suburbs next week and this is high on my hitlist.

            ~Amy 🙂

            • Juanita October 23, 2016, 7:47 am | Link

              Hi Amy
              Have you looked into gawler not too far from the base and easy access to schools and there are a few schools in the area. Housing there are a variety of different sizing. In my area there are a couple defence families.

  • adelaidenow August 12, 2016, 5:16 pm | Link

    Tim Williams, EDUCATION REPORTER, The Advertiser

    Broken link removed by admin.

    · Snapshot of Australia’s youth reveals troubling trends

    YOUNG South Australians are more likely to be victims of assault than anywhere else in mainland Australia, and their chances of being attacked if they live in rural areas are even worse.

    They are among the alarming findings of declining health and education outcomes for the state’s youth, according to the first Australian Youth Development Index report being released on Friday.

    The index, which measures youth development progress since 2006, ranks SA above only Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

    The Federal Government-commissioned report combines 16 key indicators across the five areas of education, health and wellbeing, employment and opportunity, political participation and civic participation.

    South Australia recorded “a mild 5 per cent improvement” in its overall score over the past decade.

    Among the states, SA’s young people are the least likely to do volunteer work and less inclined than most to be involved in the arts, cultural or political activities, though there are some signs of improvement in those areas.

    The report reveals SA’s youth population — those aged 10 to 29 — is stagnating, having declined from 24.1 per cent of the total population to 23.1 per cent since 2010.

    And the state is struggling to nurture the development of its young people, with poor NAPLAN results and attendance rates dragging down education scores, and high assault rates affecting health and wellbeing.

    More than 8 per cent of urban youths are assaulted each year, and close to 12 per cent in rural areas, while more than a quarter of the state’s youth use illegal drugs each year.

    Lobby group Youth Action chief executive Katie Acheson, who was on the advisory panel for the report, said it was “a mirror for Australia to show us what’s happening”.

    “It helps us start a national conversation about young people in Australia, and are young people progressing in the way we want them to?” she said.

    “I’d hazard a guess that most people would say we’re not doing as well as we should do.”

    Ms Acheson highlighted some positives for SA including signs of growing youth “engagement” through rising rates of volunteering and involvement in student representative councils.

  • Tanya Wichmann August 10, 2016, 4:35 am | Link

    Lovely layout and information, thank you!

  • Ramtin July 31, 2016, 4:44 am | Link

    Dear Bob and Gareth,

    Thanks for your wonderful and helpful website.
    I am Moving to Adelaide and after some research about suburbs I narrowed my choices to :Seaford/Seaford rise – Glenelg – West beach – Seaview Down.
    I don’t need to be near CBD as I will keep my job overseas so which of above suburbs is the best to live (Housing option 350K to 400K), Also if you have better advice about nice suburb please advice.
    suburb priority: Safe and neighbor friendly.

    Kindest Regards,

    • Gareth July 31, 2016, 9:36 am | Link

      Glenelg and West Beach are great suburbs, and anywhere on the coast down to Hove and up to Grange. Also anything within a 10 km radius of the city. In the hills Crafers, Aldgate, Stirling Bridgewater, Hahndorf and any where in the Mt Barker region. If you can’t find any where nice in those options you may need to pick another state! 🙂

  • Samantha July 25, 2016, 2:20 am | Link

    I read this page and the comments and questions on it, and saw how the same questions keep getting asked. BobinOz should be given a medal for his patience.

    Anyhow, I moved here recently from Sri Lanka, and let me give some advise, especially for Indian Subcontinental people:

    1) It’s a nice place to live, the food is good, the place is clean and the people are nice.

    2) Some locals think that people from the Indian subcontinent are rude. This is because the locals expect courtesy at all times, so prepare to be courteous to everyone, at all times and in all situations. (In South Asia, when a stranger is being polite, we usually assume that they are either baiting us, or maybe they want something from us)

    3) The locals might assume that you are a Muslim (even if you are not) – and Islamophobia is on the rise in Australia, and Adelaide is no exception. So be prepared to get dirty looks. You will probably not get beaten up (to be safe avoid white, young people when they are drunk) because most people here are decent, and are not confrontational.

    4) There are very few advertised jobs in Engineering & technical fields. You can apply, but will rarely get interviews. The reason for this might seem to be discrimination, but it’s not. Firstly, since there is not a surplus of jobs, most jobs will not be advertised, and those vacancies will be filled by industry “contacts”. (Oh ya… over here, they call it networking, but when it happens in our countries, Australians would identify it as cronyism). Another reason is that there are many local job-seekers with qualifications from institutions the HR people are familiar with, who have short, familiar-sounding names, and have local accents, and they get first preference… think about it, in your home country, you would have better chances of landing a job than a person with Australian qualifications and an Australian accent.

    5) Vehicles are cheap, but choose wisely, because repairs and service are very expensive.

    Good Luck.


    • Candice July 25, 2016, 7:20 pm | Link

      Hi Samantha!
      Thanks for your tips. We are shortly moving in the month of November and would definitely need your advice on choice of suburbs. I have currently shortlisted Blackwood, Golden Grove and Woodville for good schools as well as affordable rentals. Do let me know what you would suggest to be the best choice.


      • Gareth July 25, 2016, 8:27 pm | Link
        • Candice July 25, 2016, 9:06 pm | Link

          Thanks a ton Garth! These links have been very helpful. Would you be able to suggest names of a few good schools I should check as I have two school going daughters who will be attending both Primary and High school.

          Look forward to your assistance/views/feedback.

          • BobinOz July 25, 2016, 11:44 pm | Link

            Some interesting observations there Samantha and some good tips. I have been aware for a long time that Indians do sound a little abrupt or even rude to us Westerners/Australians, whilst at the same time knowing that they aren’t actually being rude.

            I always thought it was just simply the way Indians construct their sentences and emphasise different things compared to the way we talk, I hadn’t realised that being overly polite was something to be wary of in your culture. So I’ve learned something here, thanks for that.

            Now, where’s my medal, I’m ready for the presentation. 🙂

          • Gareth July 26, 2016, 8:54 pm | Link

            Hi Candice,

            I can tell you from experience, that choosing a school that allows your child to go from junior school through to the end of high school, will be the best for your child’s development and education over all. That should narrow all the choices down for you from those listed. My kids went to St Francis De Sales in Mt Barker, an excellent school and delivered two well mannered and well educated children.

            • Candice July 26, 2016, 9:05 pm | Link

              Hi Gareth,
              Thank you for the reply. I absolutely support your views on child development and education in a school that allows you to grow and move from junior to senior. This would be an ideal choice, but I have daughters that will attend junior as well as senior school and am looking at schools that provide both facilities. I do not want them to attend different schools as they will have a lot of adjusting to do once we move in. Hence I narrowed in on Blackwood and Golden Grove but I’m not too sure on my choice and would like to have real time feedback from parents who have school going children.

              Hope to receive some feedback on good schools.


              • Gareth July 27, 2016, 9:47 am | Link

                If Blackwood has a full year 1 to year 12 then I would send my kids to Blackwood as it had the better rating than Golden Grove, further away from the northern suburbs, closer to the city, public transport in the form of buses and train, and the socio economic situation of this area is better than Golden Grove.

                But that would just be my preference. Also living in the hills is cooler in summer than living down on the flat, the blocks are bigger and access to University and Marion Shopping Centre is just around the corner.

                • Candice July 29, 2016, 6:52 pm | Link

                  Hi Gareth,
                  Thanks for the feedback. We as a family prefer the hills but I’m petrified of creepy/crawlies and from feedback on other sites, I read that we have these as visitors on a regular basis. What suburbs in the hills do you suggest we look at? I don’t mind a koala or a kangaroo in my backyard but no crawlies….
                  Hope to hear from you soon.

                  • Gareth July 31, 2016, 9:44 am | Link

                    Australia is renown for its snake and spiders, but really, living in suburbia you are going to find the Huntsman running around the house, a big hairy spider that is harmless and eats smaller spiders and bugs for you. The Redback you will only find in dark areas, under pieces of tin or rubbish or an shed in dark corners, and whilst they are everywhere, they are slow moving and not likely to chase you around the house looking to bite you. Snakes are very uncommon in suburbia, I live in the country and probably have four a five sightings a year, and if you leave them well enough alone they will leave you alone, keep your grass trimmed, rubbish away from the edges of houses and sheds and don’t give them some where to hide. On average we may have two snake deaths a year in Australia, less than deaths of man versus shark or pedestrian versus car. I’m sure you have spiders and snakes where you are, you just give them the same respect and take the same precautions, but interaction with them is not a day to day occurrence or a topic of conversation around the water cooler at work.

                    • Candice August 4, 2016, 3:37 pm | Link

                      Thanks Gareth! We come from the land of snake charmers so your reply made absolute sense to me. I have taken your feedback given to Ramtin on a few places in the hills. Will look it up and make a decision accordingly.
                      Thank you once again for being so helpful on this site.
                      God bless!

      • Raiha July 29, 2016, 4:16 pm | Link

        Thanks Samantha & Candice,

        My husband and I are in the middle of arranging our move from Auckland to Adelaide and although some may think, you have it sweet, well not really as we have three little ones in tow.

        Thank you for your above advice Samantha really helped.

        Thank you Candice for pointing out your choice of Suburbs as that was a big one for us as well when it came to the safety of our children and Schooling plus rental prices as we have also narrowed our choices down to the same, now I must admit I will quietly await Samantha’s reply 🙂

        Thanks Ladies,

        • Candice July 29, 2016, 6:55 pm | Link

          Hi Raiha,
          You should also watch out for posts from Gareth, who has been super helpful on this site. You may choose to go through his many helpful posts and links to help you take a safe decision.

        • bizzybee July 31, 2016, 6:07 pm | Link

          why on earth would you move from Auckland to Adelaide, surely that’s lowering your expectations and future career/schooling options ?

          • Raiha August 1, 2016, 9:30 am | Link

            Time for a change ….
            Auckland life has treated us well but nothing to lose when my oldest is 6yrs old and if it doesnt work out, we can always return home.

            My husbands career has treated him well but still room for growth elsewhere, Schooling is great in some areas not all but thats everywhere you go. Sporting wise, Australia probably has more to offer than NZ but again, my kids are still young enough to go with the change and like I said if it doesnt work out, can always come home.

            • Bizzybee August 8, 2016, 6:32 pm | Link

              South Australia and Adelaide in particular are certainly not places with opportunity to grow any career, be very careful about wasting your experience and indeed your motivation if you choose adelaide

              • Gareth August 8, 2016, 8:57 pm | Link

                What a worldly person you are Bizzybee, to have such fingers on the pulse of every industry and occupation in South Australia to make such an educated response. How I wish our government had your depth of knowledge such that they could address the economic and career sink hole that you have portrayed South Australia to be. Please, enlighten us on how you come about such articulate knowledge and where you gained such experience to speak so liberally and profoundly.

                • bizzybee August 8, 2016, 9:42 pm | Link
                  • Gareth August 9, 2016, 9:33 am | Link

                    There has been no argument that it is hard in South Australia to get ahead right now, how ever you used the words “any career”, which is entirely wrong. There are many industries and careers you can chose in South Australia which will offer great opportunities and life style experience. Because the manufacturing, automotive and ship building is in decline, it doesn’t mean the rest of the state is. I make a significant income doing next to nothing and have a great work life balance and very little education. Opportunity is there for people who look. If you are lazy or dim witted, please, feel free to exit state stage right.

                    • Bizzybee August 12, 2016, 8:00 am | Link

                      I make a significant income doing next to nothing and have a great work life balance and very little education.

                      Great, that is an excellent outcome.

                      Perhaps you could offer some advice and compassion to people who are not as fortunate as you ?

                      Or, is it as we suspect, both you and I, that compassion and opportunity are no longer available in SA ?

                      Am I wrong ?

                    • Gareth August 12, 2016, 9:00 am | Link

                      Hi Bizzy, sorry you are wrong. I have twenty people working for me and I credit them (and pay them well) for my success. The secret to getting ahead is to do the things no one else wants to, do them well, and do exactly what you say you will, without cutting corners or taking short cuts. People value honest, integrity and hard work, and if you can tap that vein of thinking you will succeed no matter where you are.

                      Adelaide is definitely a city of compassion, the world credits the state for being one of the friendliest liveable places in the world to see. Only those who have a hidden agenda, conflict of interest or just plain obstinate will disagree.

    • Scott September 13, 2016, 12:04 am | Link

      Hi Samantha

      Hopefully you are enjoying it here. I do know in comparison to all other cities it can be difficult to get a job here (depending on you skills). The Islamophobia might be on the rise I am not sure, but only from prejudice people that you won’t want to make friends with anyway. I actually thought that an Indian person I work with was Muslim until they told me they were from India.
      I certainly don’t have issues with it and have worked with people from Bangladesh who still remain friends with. To be honest there are other states that are far more prejudice than SA which I will not mention here, and this is coming from someone born and living here.

  • Jaspreet July 21, 2016, 9:36 pm | Link

    Hi bob , gareth and others who are really helping through this medium.
    I am jaspreet , granted a state nominated pr visa 190 ; category importer or exporter.
    I am 30 , wife 29 , single child – son 5 .
    I have read and re read many posts here , also searched other forums as well.
    I hail from a business background and when i searched about adelaide there is not much work related to import or export for which i have got skilled visa.
    When i delved further i found out that many professionals land in adelaide and when they cannot find work there , move to other cities.
    Since sydney is really expensive to buy a house.
    Which are the other states we should consider for a healthy work and life balance.
    We plan to take up a business when in australia, both me and my wife plan to run it together.
    The investment which we put aside for buying a business could be half million.
    We just want honest advise on what to expect in terms of business growth and longevity in adelaide. If you can guide me which other cities have a better economy other than sydney it would be great , some information on perth or brisbane would be really helpful. Also which cities are more trade centric, perth which had a booming economy due to mining seems to have also slowed down.
    Gold coast has a lot of tourism and is it a good place to buy a business , home and settle down.
    We wish to take a wiser step, any guidence would be really helpful as immigration is really complex idea.
    Awaiting your reply.

    • Gareth July 22, 2016, 10:48 am | Link

      Good morning Jaspreet,
      You are correct in that Adelaide is a tight place to get work, and your field would probably be better suited in cities with busy ports, such as Melbourne or Fremantle. When people come to Adelaide from other countries, they need to understand that we have a good quality of living here but the wages are comparably lower than the eastern states, how ever living in Sydney is extremely expensive, so where you earn more money, you end up spending it to support a lower quality lifestyle. So yes people do leave Adelaide, but in the same vein, people are also leaving Australia for the same reasons. You just have to decide what kind of lifestyle you want to live and how easy to do you want to get around the place you live and what expenses you want to incur doing so. Melbourne is getting up to the same level if not already the same with housing, and last week projected that they expect to hit the 10 million population mark, which sounds great but they don’t have the infrastructure for it. WA is slowing down and in a world of trouble financially, and the house market is still quite high from what I understand. Forget Darwin unless you like living in your own sweat, and spending all your money on house and air conditioning. Brisbane is a large sprawling city linking up with the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, I could certainly live there if it wasn’t so humid. It’s a good place to bring up kids, the councils and government appear to do a lot to promote social activities round the city. Hobart is a good city, but you need to have work there and enjoy the cooler climate. Lots of Indians and Chinese there now and becoming very multicultural. Ive been there four times this year so far and think its the easiest city in Australia to get around in, but then it does only have a population of 230,000 or so.
      I currently own and run a business in Adelaide, expecting our turn over to exceed the $1m this year and make an exceptional living from it whilst not working too hard at all. Working for yourself is definitely a good option as you aren’t limiting your earnings by working for some one else and can develop a healthy work life balance around your commitments. There are always risks, but the saying is if you can make a business work in Adelaide, you can make it work anywhere. Happy to discuss further on what to avoid and what could be of worthwhile looking at. Regardless of where you buy a business, you can always develop a new one based around your area of expertise and local contacts where you are now, which would be a great advantage.

      You seem to have done a bit of research which is great, you just need to decide what area you want to live in, what lifestyle and climate. Congrats on getting our Visa, first step towards the rest of your life here in Australia.

      • Jaspreet July 22, 2016, 11:23 pm | Link

        Hi gareth , thanks for taking out time and responding to my questions, can you provide me a little guidence , i need to know which are the better business options or key industries as far as adelaide is concerned. If i plan to take up a business, which direction i should be looking in. As far as my experience is concerned, the occupation of importer or exporter is very complex as import/export laws in each country are varied and diverse. The option of working in my own occupation seems fancy but i somehow feel it wont be practical from the perspective of the employer.
        I want to look for other options such as owning a business, i request you to provide me some information on some less riskier recession proof businesses and the websited that sell authorised businesses.

        When we look from outside for example a franchise of an iga supermarket , it looks workable and in our budget and shows promising returns ; but when looked more closely the coming of aldi and reading local stuff makes us feel that it might not be as great in the coming future, we know very little and an outsider can be fooled and tricked easily.
        As an insider to australia an adelaide, just let me know where to look.
        Thanking you in anticipation.

  • Jasmine Chhoa July 21, 2016, 1:35 pm | Link

    1. A 41 years old Chinese lady from Kuching, Malaysia, a single mother and my only son is 11 years of age
    2. Foresee my current income level plus my saving could not justify for my son’s tertiary education in Australia when he reaches 18 years old
    3. Trying to find a way to become a Permanent Resident of Australia to enjoy a less expensive tuition fee in comparation with a full-fee paying overseas student
    4. Spent almost 4 years in Adelaide before, and managed a accountancy degree from University of South Australia
    5. Hoping to get a job offer and obtain a working visa upon landing in Adelaide, instead of applying through skilled migration visa
    6. My strength – Capable to manage almost anythings – households, businesses… My weaknesses – abit too serious with my future, maybe
    6. How do I advertise myself, and make me more marketable for any future Australian Bosses?

    • Gareth July 21, 2016, 2:09 pm | Link

      I understand your concerns about the costs of education after the completion of high school as I have two children in Uni and College also. I think if you solve the PR situation, this is a concern that will be alleviated through the payment systems that are available (not sure if its still called HECS, but I know my children are paying it off as they go each year, not one lump sum).
      I think Bob is your best bet for giving advice on whether just showing up and getting a job is possible, my thoughts would be you would have to be on a work visa at the very least. Fortunately your education level, from what I understand was accredited in Australia, so you shouldn’t have to brush up or take more courses to bring you up to Australian standard, though Accountancy in Australia is a rapidly growing monster and you have to be on top of all the new tax laws and regulations. You may find it easier to move to South Australia into the rural areas where it would be easier to obtain a skilled migration visa whilst your son is still in high school, and once you have your PR move closer to the city or where the university of choice is. Some people insist on “coming to Adelaide”, struggle, lose lots of money trying to gain PR and eventually go back home again because the option of going rural isn’t the dream. The dream should be coming to Australia, setting yourself up and giving yourself options over a period of time, even if it means you don’t have first preference to the lifestyle you really want. Dreams are built on the back of hard work. If you have read through may of the threads below, you will see that is the national job forum, and you can find other jobs on It will also pay to check out the page to see where your skill set fits with skilled migration and where it will allow you to go easily. I point out that Adelaide does have a high unemployment rate so finding a company that might give you sponsorship will be incredibly hard. My business provides work for some very large companies, and they are laying people off so fast I lose track of who our contact person is supposed to be. Again, I point out, if Adelaide, rural or city isn’t an option, there are plenty of other places to go in Australia, and make the move to Adelaide once you have your PR.

      I suggest when you use that you use Australia as your scope for looking for a suitable job, apply for those which suit you regardless of where they are, and make your choices based on that which gets offered to you.

      Good luck!

      • Jasmine Chhoa July 21, 2016, 4:01 pm | Link

        I really appreciate what I have read, and thank you very much.

        I will keep looking, and one day, all the good will come…

        • BobinOz July 21, 2016, 9:15 pm | Link

          Jasmine, Gareth has given you some excellent advice and tips here. All I would like to add, as Gareth has indicated, you will definitely need a visa that will allow you to work in this country if you’re thinking of coming here to look for work.

          It simply isn’t possible to just come here, look for work, and then if you get it take it from there. The rules for obtaining a visa quite complex as well, if you think you need professional assistance, you must get that from a MARA registered migration agent.

          You can find out about them on my page about Migration Agents.

          Good luck with your plans, I hope it all works out. Cheers, Bob

  • Anis July 17, 2016, 2:58 pm | Link

    Hi There,

    I am planning to move to Adelaide in September and I would like your help to calculate my move before I land there. I will appreciate if you can help me with following:
    1. What is the best place to stay in Adelaide to have easy access to CBD to find a reasonable job;
    2. What is the average rental per week or per month for a bachelor accommodation and Family accommodation;
    3. What is the first thing I need to do when I land in Australia?
    4. Where do i register for Healthcare and other services when I am in Australia.

    You assistance is highly regarded.


    • Gareth July 17, 2016, 3:59 pm | Link

      Good afternoon Anis,

      Your questions have been asked and answered to ad nauseaum. Scroll through the previous posts and I am sure you will find all of your questions answered, and more answers to questions you are yet to ask. Naturally the best place to have easy access to the CBD IS the CBD, and the Bureau of Statistics isn’t releasing information on where al lthe singe men live and the average rental price per week. will provide you with all the rental information you need. The first thing you need to do when you land is get off the plane, find transport to the place you have already rented and then go unpack. As a non permanent resident or citizen of Australia you will not be entitled to healthcare. Do some research through this web site and use GOOGLE to answer all the questions you are asking. You are changing countries, not buying a pizza, take it seriously and take responsibility for your own future. You will find Australia friendly, but expensive, and no one is handing out anything for free or giving away high paying jobs to immigrants.

      • Anis July 17, 2016, 4:37 pm | Link

        Hi Gareth,
        Many Thanks for your insightful response.

        The only reason I asked this questions here on your website is cause I GOOGLED it and unfortunately I landed to your website thinking I might get some valuable information that will safe sometime researching things that may easily be answered on your blog. (My bad)

        I hold Australian 190 and as I understand I need to register for Healthcare when I am in Australia, again My bad I posted a question on your site to get such an enlightening response. Many thanks for that.

        I did not ask anyone on this forum to provide me a high-paying job and neither did I ask anyone here to provide me anything Free. I believe you just presumed a lot after reqdin my post for I do not know what reasons. All i requested was IF you anyone can refer some useful resources or responses ( from previous posts) to answer my queries.

        Once again many thanks for your guidance and insight. Your website and response really helped aligning my move.

        Take good care


        • Gareth July 17, 2016, 4:52 pm | Link

          Dear Anis,
          Sarcasm, well played.

          Not my web site, not my monkeys.
          I feel you think I presumed too much because you gave so little in information with which to work from. My bad.

          • BobinOz July 18, 2016, 3:40 pm | Link

            Hi Anis

            Gareth has helped many many people on this page with his local knowledge of Adelaide. There really is nothing in it for him, he just genuinely wants to be helpful. I believe he has truly tried to help you as well by pointing you in the right direction to answer all of your questions.

            He has also suggested you browse through the comments here and some of the other pages on my website because, as he says, these questions have all been answered before.

            I have a Google search box on the right-hand side of every page, please use it for your keywords to find the articles you need. Good luck, Bob

            • Anis July 18, 2016, 3:58 pm | Link

              Hi Bob,

              The only reason I posted my questions on this forum was after reading your and specially Gareth’s comments and I thought I may get the same kind of help/responses as many others have got on this forum, but to my surprise the response was rather rude and unaccommodating( read his response again) and I am not sure why.

              I do not know anything about SA and will be migrating in September. I have already started my research few months back. The whole point of posting those questions was to safe time on issues that has already been answered many times. All that was required was to guide thru the appropriate thread or like you said to search thru your website to get appropriate resolution.

              Anyway, it is not always about getting a resolution for everything you ask, what put me off was the callous attitude in his response.

              Many thanks for the help though, really appreciate it. I will find my way out 🙂


              • BobinOz July 18, 2016, 5:20 pm | Link

                Hi Anis

                You obviously feel hard done by and want to make a big issue out of this, and you even want me to read Gareth’s response again, but let’s instead read your initial question once more.

                You asked four questions, only the first one was relevant to this page which is about living in Adelaide. Even then you don’t give any clues as to what your preferences are, other than close to the CBD. It’s very difficult/impossible to make meaningful suggestions with just that small amount of information, other than, well, move close to the CBD.

                Your second question is slightly relevant to this page, but you could have found the information by visiting my page called Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia and you could also have got some rental costs by clicking on the rental link at the foot of the above article.

                Your third question is not relevant to this page. I have written an article about tips when first arriving, they were specific to Brisbane but as the article says these tips can be applied to any city or town in Australia. You can read that article here…


                Your fourth question was also totally irrelevant to this page, and you could have found the information you needed on this page…


                Maybe Gareth’s response to you was a little short, but I can sense his frustration. You say you did it to save time, but it only saves your time, it actually consumes the time of people like Gareth and myself who take the time to answer these questions. Like Gareth, I also tried to point you in the right direction by explaining my Google search box, but it sounds as though you’re not interested in that, and instead you say “I will find my way out :-)”

                That’s fair enough, but if you could do so without continuing to trash somebody who does genuinely try to help, that would be great.

  • Daphne July 9, 2016, 10:22 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I just moved to Adelaide a few days ago & will be starting my job search soon. I’m currently staying with my friend & her family while on the lookout for a place to move in. As I am new to this place, I’m not sure where would be a good place for me to stay.

    Considering the fact that I don’t have a car, I’m looking for a place that is well connected in terms of public transportation. It would also be really helpful if that place is close to grocery stores. What areas would you recommend for me?

    Would really appreciate your advice. Many thanks, Bob.

    • Gareth July 9, 2016, 2:17 pm | Link

      Look for the train routes, tram routes and bus routes for public transport, otherwise move close to where you work. We are a small city of just over $1m people, getting around isn’t difficult by any stretch, and there are shopping facilities everywhere as Australians are addicted to spending money.

  • akash July 7, 2016, 4:04 pm | Link

    Hi Bob & Gareth,

    I will coming to australia along with my family next month & i am little bit confused in which state should i stay adelaide, or brisbane. As i have small baby girl of 6 months. So i need to stay in city which have good climate, safe city , jobs opportunity etc which help me in growing in future.
    Can you please help me in deciding which city is better in respect of money, job opportunities, cost of living .As by profession i & my wife both accountant(CPA).
    Waiting for your reply, as your advice will greatly help me alot..

    • BobinOz July 8, 2016, 11:36 pm | Link

      Same answer as below really, Michaela asked a similar question. Brisbane would almost certainly offer better job opportunities and if you like warm weather, it has a great climate. Both cities are perfectly safe, but has Brisbane would my choice.

  • Michaela July 7, 2016, 9:13 am | Link

    My husband and I with our 15 yr old daughter was thinking about coming to live in Adelaide or Brisbane,we are just upto Skype skills assessment at the moment.My husband is a carpenter which would be best for employment out of the two cities? Need to be near good schools and local shops maybe beach.

    • Gareth July 7, 2016, 9:48 am | Link


      • BobinOz July 8, 2016, 5:27 pm | Link

        Yes, I would agree with Gareth on this one as well, I’d go Brisbane too. Better work opportunities, it’s just not so good on the beaches. But we have the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast nearby and they have great beaches.

        • Michaela July 8, 2016, 7:32 pm | Link

          Thankyou Brisbane it is 😃

  • clara July 1, 2016, 11:40 am | Link

    Hi my name is Clara,
    I would like to come over to Adelaide with my family, I have two daughters, my main reason to put them in Adelaide school, they are 8’years elder and 6’years younger one.
    Can you guide me in this.
    here I’m working as account executive and my husband worked as cargo manager but we don’t prefer the same job in Adelaide, anything that can help my girls to support in their education.
    please help us, we are planning to drop by this October end. Can you help me please, it’s will be very much helps for us.
    God bless

    • BobinOz July 2, 2016, 12:36 am | Link

      Have you looked into whether or not you would qualify for visas to come to Australia yet? That is normally the biggest hurdle for most people, you cannot just drop by this October end.

      See Getting a Visa.

  • Nav June 29, 2016, 9:57 pm | Link

    We have set plans of coming to Adelaide next year by May/June with my wife and son. We need a safe and a reasonable place to reside. Also it ought to be close to good schools in the area.

  • Sharon June 16, 2016, 7:38 pm | Link

    hi everyone,
    It’s great sharing here. I hope someone can help me. I am single mum moving to Adelaide with my 12 year old son. Looking for a nice, affordable place to stay near a good school. My son loves football and basketball and hopes to pursue that. Its extremely scary for me, moving to a new country with a child. I teach so hoping to land a job in this line as well.
    If anyone can advise.
    Thank you.

    • Gareth June 16, 2016, 7:44 pm | Link

      Hi Sharon,

      South Australia is a great place to bring up kids, and most suburbs have ovals for football and basketball stadiums. What country are you coming from, I’m guessing when you say football you don’t mean AFL. Also we have great schools all over the place, as well as average and mediocre. You will need to be more specific about your life style, do you like hills and wineries, do you like coastal areas ans cafes, do you like city living ad hustle and bustle. In regards to landing a job, have a look on for an idea on what is available now.

      • Sharon June 16, 2016, 8:57 pm | Link

        Thank you for your quick response. Well i am Malaysian, love cafes, hills, winery, art,history, culture. Don’t like the city life too much rather i enjoy greenery. Like quiet and peaceful places but not to the extend of total wilderness and away from people.
        So just wondering where would you recommend for affordable housing, safe, and near a good school too.

        Thank you

        • Gareth June 16, 2016, 11:37 pm | Link

          Mount Barker/Littlehampton/Nairne/Hahdorf/Woodside/Stirling/Aldgate/Bridgewater (though the last four get really cold in winter but are cooler in summer). All have good schools local and within easy commute.
          McLarenVale/Willunga region have a couple of good schools also.
          All within easy commute to the city – 15 – 45 minutes.
          I live near Nairne and both my kids went to private but affordable schools in Mt Barker and bother are doing very well and enjoyed the experience.

          • Sharon June 17, 2016, 12:08 pm | Link

            Thanks again. You have been really helpful. Will checkout the areas you mentioned. With God’s grace I will find a suitable place for my family.

          • Candice Jangam June 17, 2016, 12:17 pm | Link

            Hi Garth we are moving to Adelaide in late Oct early November. Apart from the names you mentioned is Golden Grove a good suburb to consider for affordable rentals and good schools? How is Woodville and Blackwood? Considering all three options. Would appreciate your inputs

            • Gareth June 17, 2016, 3:07 pm | Link

              Golden Grove is good, Blackwood is great, Woodville I wouldn’t live near.

  • Meg June 15, 2016, 12:29 am | Link

    Hi me and my patner have 2 kids and my partner want to move out from were we live and move to Adelaide but everything I think of moving it feel like I am stop by a brick wall that can’t get pass yes I’m scared of moving but do want move on from town were I live now and move to Adelaide I don’t what to do pls help me

    • Gareth June 15, 2016, 9:51 am | Link

      I understand how you feel Meg, we have made the decision to move interstate after living here for 35 years+ and it wasn’t an easy decision. The way we did it was to remove the subjective elements out of it and create a list of reasons why we should go, and why we shouldn’t go. If the list of all the reasons to go outweighs the reasons to stay, then you make that decision based on logic, not on how you feel about it. The decision you make needs to be about the betterment of life for yourselves and your kids futures. It needs to be about health and prosperity and opportunity. It needs to be about safety and security. Good luck making your decision, and a word of advise, don’t discuss it with family outside your immediate unit as they will try to influence your decision subjectively, as we found with our parents.

      • BobinOz June 15, 2016, 8:57 pm | Link

        Great advice Gareth, especially about not telling other members of your family. It’s often the case they will try to talk you out of it, simply because they don’t want to lose you.

        Sometimes we have to do what’s best for our immediate family, especially our kids. That’s what’s important.

      • Paulo June 27, 2016, 9:41 pm | Link

        Hi Gareth,

        do you mind if i ask why you moved interstate , are you in Adelaide ?


        • Gareth June 27, 2016, 10:46 pm | Link

          Hi Paulo,
          In life some people are islands, they take root and set up family, mingle in community. Some people are the oceans, we swirl around the islands for ever moving, looking for new shores and adventure. I am in the ocean group. My kids have grown up and looking forward to their own lives. We have a business we run, which can be run from anywhere in Australia, our parents have moved on or planning to.

          We have new dreams, new plans and new loves in life, and we are young enough to make changes and see where they take us.

  • Jay May 12, 2016, 10:17 pm | Link

    Hi guys, I finally got to Adelaide a week back. Well everything about the city is as expected. Beautiful easy going place it is, awesome weather, cost effective rentals and yeah no jobs! Thus far as least….

    • Sarita May 14, 2016, 5:46 pm | Link

      Hey jay,
      Do keep us posted bout your experience ,, would be helpful considering that we are planning to make a move six months down the line. Thanks

    • Bharat May 17, 2016, 7:04 am | Link

      Hi Buddy,
      Am afraid of your comment no jobs! Its been how many days you are there without job? Any alternatives to get money.?? do reply as I will be migrating this year

    • Candice Jangam May 17, 2016, 11:48 am | Link

      Hey Jay!

      Which suburb hv you chosen to stay in? How are the rentals?

    • Candice Jangam June 17, 2016, 12:31 pm | Link

      Hi Jay! How’s it going? Which suburb have you finally chosen? We are moving late October early november from India and would appreciate any inputs from you. Looking for suburbs with good schools.

  • Ozil May 11, 2016, 7:13 am | Link

    Hi, I leave in Nigeria and will like you to recommend a MARA agent to assist me with the processing of my relocation to Australia,

    • BobinOz May 11, 2016, 8:33 pm | Link

      I don’t know any MARA migration agents who are in Nigeria, but most applications and consultations with agents can now be conducted online and over Skype, so there is no need to restrict yourself to agents in Nigeria. Check out my page about Migration agents, it will help you choose. Just make sure the agent you select is MARA registered.

  • Kareem May 6, 2016, 3:02 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Which suburb is considered to be the safest in South Australia?
    We are a family of five, and we are looking for the safest suburb to move to when we land this year in South Australia. I know it’s hard but can you combine the safest with the most affordable

    • BobinOz May 6, 2016, 7:16 pm | Link

      My guess, and bear in mind I’ve only ever spent seven days in Adelaide in my whole life, would be Burnside. I came to that conclusion after reading and following all the instructions on my post which you can read here…

      I hope that helps, but maybe some of the locals will have more to add. Good luck, Bob

      • HeidiP July 8, 2016, 8:05 pm | Link


        I have lived in Adelaide my whole life. I can honestly say Burnside is a very expensive place to live, both in terms of housing and purchasing food/clothing etc. I grew up in fairview park. That was a very safe area and not expensive. I now live in Parafield Gardens, in a newer area, which is also a cheaper area to live and we have never had any problems with crime. Both of these areas are a fair way from the city but one has the o bahn bus and the other has a train line

  • Sarita April 28, 2016, 3:10 am | Link

    Hi bob
    I am a mother of two, an undergrad applying for pr. My husband is a ships master and would be sailing. I would be living with my kids so thinking of moving to Adelaide much more economical as compared to the other cities. Do you think it’s a good move considering I would not be working for two years. Is there another city you would recommend considering my husbands background and future prospects for us all. I would definitely like to work later. For us recreation is mostly parks n beaches. Thanks.

    • BobinOz April 28, 2016, 5:44 pm | Link

      Adelaide is probably as good choice as any considering your situation. You say you’re husband will be sailing, does he need to be near a particular port? You may need to take that into consideration, Australia is a big place.

      • Sarita May 2, 2016, 4:29 am | Link

        Thanks bob, he will sail overseas. Will fly out of Australia. He is here three months n sailing three. Was considering Adelaide as its not too crowed and not as expensive as other cities. Plus the commute to work is bearable. Was also considering Brisbane. What would you suggest between the two.

  • Jez April 25, 2016, 2:22 pm | Link

    Hi People

    I am professional chef who is looking to move to Adelaide area possibly Tanunda i also have security Qualifications and at the Present studying for cert 3 in Fitness then on to cert 4 to become a personal trainer.
    I can see from the blog work is difficult to find, I live in Perth at the moment and wondered if any one may be able to help me with good suburbs or country towns or even with any ideas about work contacts.Im thinking of moving over in July.

  • Daniel April 24, 2016, 9:07 pm | Link

    Myself and my family are considering a move from the UK to Australia and Adelaide appealed to us. Now though I am wondering if it is the best location for my line of work. I currently run an air conditioning company and would obviously want to carry on my trade in Australia. Does anyone know what job prospects are like in AdeLaide for an air conditioning engineer? I realise the prospects are probably better somewhere like Brisbane but if I moved to Adelaide I could sell up here and buy outright because of the lower house prices.

    • Gareth April 25, 2016, 9:48 am | Link

      Good morning Daniel. Due to Adelaide hot summers and cold winters, air conditioning sales and installs are a year round prospect. In the height of summer through heat waves you could be booked out 4-8 weeks in advance (or behind in emergency call outs as people realise they haven’t services the air cons and its too late). I recommend a google search in the areas you fancy living for local companies. You will find a plethora of businesses and you just might get lucky, even though we are coming into winter now. Best places to live if you want the feeling of home is the Adelaide Hills, though down south in Aldinga wll get you close to the beach and the wineries. Personally I’d stay away from the CBD and inner suburbs unless you like it busy, noisy and hot but that’s just my preference.

      • Daniel June 17, 2016, 7:53 pm | Link

        Thanks Gareth for your input.
        We have booked a holiday/reccy to Adelaide in February and I will be contacting air conditioning companies whilst I’m there as well as looking at schools for the kids. Adelaide Hills appeals to us as we live in the countryside now and appreciate the quieter side of life. Can you recommend any other areas to us? I am happy to travel for work, at the moment I drive 2 hours each way to work in London so am used to long drives.

        • Gareth June 18, 2016, 10:50 am | Link

          If you like the country side anything from Crafers through to Mount Barker will suit you, even the little townships that are a bit further out, like Meadows or Echunga, Woodside or Lobethal. Nothing takes two hours in Adelaide unless you live way up North. Worse case scenario is around a one hour drive from the more remote areas.

  • Chris April 17, 2016, 9:28 am | Link

    I’m Australian, returning to Australia. Thinking of Adelaide as my wife has been offered a couple of teaching jobs there. Never lived there and frankly I’m unskilled 52 and worried about getting work in Adelaide. Is it really as bad as comments here make out.

    • BobinOz April 18, 2016, 5:43 pm | Link

      Most people seem to think it’s quite difficult to find work, but you may want to read Sheila’s comment below, she had a different view. Good luck, Bob

    • Paul T. April 18, 2016, 7:30 pm | Link

      Hi Chris
      I’m now 60 but 5 years years ago I had a triple bypass and was off work for 3 months recovering. Things were probably as tough now as they were back then, we have had the highest employment rate compared to the rest of Australia for as long as I can remember!
      With a still sore and newly wired together chest, I found sales work almost immediately 93 weeks after I started looking again). The pay was good, the hours and pressure terrible, but I worked there for six months until I found a better job (pay slightly less, but everything else was much more family friendly) I have been in that job for a good 3 and a half years now, and will probably stay until I can retire at 66, and may even negotiate to work 2 -3 days a week even then?
      In a nutshell, if you are able to stay upbeat and positive, are able to talk and communicate with people and look them in the eye while you do, you will soon find work I am sure. Once employed, it’s easier to get into another job if you need to. Even our unemployment rate, at some 7.5% is still better than many parts of Europe (double digits where my Italian wife comes from!). Turning the equation around, it means 92.5% of SA is working! I only had a high school education. So don’t get too discouraged!

      • Paul T. April 18, 2016, 7:32 pm | Link

        Don’t have a heart attack! That should have read (3 weeks! , not 93 weeks Lol!!

        • BobinOz April 19, 2016, 5:00 pm | Link

          Ah, that makes more sense, ‘immediately’ and ’93 weeks’ were a bit of a conflict 🙂

          That’s encouraging news about employment in Adelaide Paul T, thanks for letting us know your story, Bob

  • Aftab April 16, 2016, 11:55 pm | Link

    Hi bob Australia has recieved negative appreciation over racism.where does adelaide stands.

    • BobinOz April 18, 2016, 5:33 pm | Link

      I’m not really in a position to answer that, so hopefully somebody else can give their view. I think all countries/cities have an element of racism, fortunately the racists are in the minority.

      I’m sure Adelaide is the same in that it has a small minority of racists, but on the other hand when I visited for a holiday, I found them to be the most welcoming and friendly people had the joy of meeting.

  • Taps April 14, 2016, 7:47 am | Link

    Hie Bob and team Adelaide,

    I have just passed my English exams(L8.5, R9,W8.5,S8.5) so yes, I am over the moon! Here is my question, how easy is it for an electrician to get a job in Adelaide?

    I have been advised to apply for sponsorship from one of the states below:

    1. New South Wales – Sydney – will cost $300
    2.Northern Territory – Darwin – no cost
    3. South Australia – Adelaide – $200
    4. Tasmania – Hobart – no cost

    Can anyone help me to pick the best state to apply for state sponsorship. I also want to put into consideration the process of attaining the A’ class licence for Electricians.


    • BobinOz April 14, 2016, 5:02 pm | Link

      I can’t answer that specific question, hopefully somebody local to Adelaide will help you out with that. I just wanted to say that my understanding is you will need to do some kind of additional training in order to comply with Australian regulations if you want to work as an electrician in this country. It might be a good idea to look into that.

      Great IELTS results by the way. Congrats.

    • Martin April 16, 2016, 5:12 am | Link

      NSW mate, for 300 bucks which is a meagre 100 more than adelaide, you’ll have at least 100% more job opportunities, NSW and Sydney are busy yes, but better be busy than unemployed.

  • Udy April 13, 2016, 2:06 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I am glad to inform you that we have been granted Australian PR yesterday.

    I am even more happy to say that it was you and your website that inspired us to go ahead with our plan to move ‘Down Under’! Me and my wife always love to read your blogs as they are a delight to read and are very informative.

    A Big Thank You from us !!!


    • BobinOz April 13, 2016, 11:11 pm | Link

      Congratulations! I can still remember how excited I was when I got the same news back in 2007, and I’m sure you feel the same as well right now. I hope Australia is as good for you as it’s been for me and I certainly hope this place lives up to everything I’ve said about it 🙂

      Hope it all works out well, do let us know how it goes, cheers, Bob

      • Udy April 14, 2016, 12:18 am | Link

        Thank you Bob ! I am moving to Adelaide around the he 1st week of August and I hope I can contribute to the blog once I settledown.


  • larsen concessio April 8, 2016, 11:48 am | Link

    Hi there Bob…am an offshore specialist DP Master with Bourbon France /Consultant with British gas Exploration..when home…
    I have recently become a father 2 months ago and thinking about staying on the coast in Adelaide..Mainly for the weather and good energy from what i have read up there..
    currently live in Bandra ,India.
    My wife is a doctor and we seriously, thinking of moving.
    How difficult is the process to move and get employment within 5 month of relocation to Adelaide .
    also visas and permits to work for both of us Indian citizens..
    could you kindly guide me..thank you..

    • BobinOz April 10, 2016, 7:34 pm | Link

      It is totally in possible to predict how quickly you might secure employment here, these are not the best of times. All I can suggest is that you research using the links on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

      As for getting the visas to come here, you would need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent about that or go through my Visa Assessment Service.

      Good luck, Bob

  • kamal April 7, 2016, 7:58 pm | Link

    Can someone guide me with prospects in pharmaceutical industry in south australia. I have an experience of about 10+ years in R&D / Quality Assurance / Auditing in pharmaceutical industry ?

    • BobinOz April 8, 2016, 5:50 pm | Link

      Living in Brisbane, I can’t give you local knowledge, but you can research opportunities using the links on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship. Good luck, Bob

    • Gareth April 8, 2016, 5:54 pm | Link

      The largest pharmaceutical company here in Adelaide I think is Astra Zeneca.

      • Gareth April 8, 2016, 5:57 pm | Link

        You know, thinking about it, they are always looking for Phara reps and medical practitioners in Tasmania, its a high demand skill set over there. If you fail on your attempts to get to Australia via S.A I strongly recommend trying Tasmania. Happy to help further if need be.

    • mohab Elmasry April 10, 2016, 6:02 pm | Link

      Dear Kamal,

      Please send me your details through my private email as i have the same field experience so we can share together.


      • kamal April 14, 2016, 9:45 pm | Link

        Thanks a lot everyone for their response… means a lot..

  • Raghu April 7, 2016, 2:35 am | Link

    Thanks for the positive comments

  • Rohit April 7, 2016, 2:08 am | Link

    Good to read positive reviews. Recently got in touch with a employment agency , they told me that only 20% openings are advertised on websites like seek etc. so there’s no scarcity of jobs but for right candidate.
    It will be gr8 If any local can suggest some reliable local employment consultant for new migrants.

    • BobinOz April 7, 2016, 8:22 pm | Link

      I sell a package on my page called How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia, it’s written by an expert who spent many years working in Australian HR. The the author mentions this hidden job market of which you speak as well, and explains how you can access it.

      I personally reviewed the package and even though I’m not actively seeking a job here, I could see the excellent value it provides. Check it out, it’s a small investment, but well worth it in my view.

      I fully recommend it to anybody who wants to give it a try, and it’s good for all jobs, sponsored or not. Good luck, Bob

  • Angela March 10, 2016, 8:43 pm | Link

    Adelaide especially Unley, Norwood, Henley, City, Brighton, Seacliff and Port Willunga simply peaceful. Work situation is government needed. However beautiful secret part of Australia…Cornwall has high unemployment yet still beautiful area. SA is a truly natural place for anyone seeking to check out in a gourmet way ! Very diverse..Bradman level cricket ..acpa for dance and cheeky pizza at Russells..flourishing.

    • BobinOz March 11, 2016, 4:55 pm | Link

      I like the Cornwall comparison, it’s so true. Cornwall may just be one of the nicest places to live in all of the UK, but just no work, especially in winter.

    • Louise March 17, 2016, 12:13 am | Link

      Hi Angela / Bob
      Are jobs really so scarce in Adelaide and what is the reason for this? I am just starting the visa process and Adelaide had appealed the most out of Australian cities. Obviously the lack of jobs would cause me concern. However I work in recruitment and even at the time of the recession in the UK we would find we had jobs that we couldn’t fill because people were unwilling to do them. So I do wonder is it really difficult to get ANY job or is it difficult for people who are unwilling to be flexible? I am now a PA but if I had to work in a bar or retail etc I would do anything ….

      • BobinOz March 17, 2016, 4:12 pm | Link

        By what has been said in many of the comments here Louise, it sounds as though people are being as flexible as possible. Quite a few have said they would take any job irrespective of their skills and qualifications.

        But I’m up here in Brisbane, so you may get a more accurate answer from a local. I would have thought though, that if you’re not tied to moving to Adelaide because of the kind of visa you’re getting and you have the chance of going elsewhere, then that might make sense if you want better job prospects.

      • Sheila April 5, 2016, 12:37 am | Link

        I have lived in Adelaide for 25 years and moved back to UK 8 months ago. There is always work in Adelaide if you go out and look for it. Many employment agencies over there, private and government.
        Adelaide is the place to be, 4 seasons , lots of sun, friendly people, great place to bring up children too.
        Houses are large, lots of spacious gardens, rents are low depending on where you are planning to live. You won’t regret the move. Good luck

        • BobinOz April 5, 2016, 8:48 pm | Link

          Great to hear some positive comments about Adelaide, thanks Sheila.

          • Candice Jangam April 6, 2016, 9:38 am | Link

            Finally some positive comments about Adelaide!! We are a family that hv recently been granted a PR 190 sub class visa and will be moving to Adelaide shorty this year. The negative comment’s on the site were really disturbing but Sheila comment gave us some hope. Thanks Sheila!

        • Louise April 6, 2016, 10:07 pm | Link

          Thanks Bob and Sheila conflicting but good advice 😉 It is likely to be a year away for myself so a lot can change in that time too I suppose


  • Vella March 5, 2016, 5:49 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Your blog and site is really amazing with loads of information. Appreciate the help this site provides to all immigrants.

    I have got my PR recently and am mulling moving to Adelaide in 3-4 months. While I do have many queries for which I am referring to the posts in your site, I do have couple of queries which maybe you or other locals can help with.

    1. My son, aged 9 is interested in pursuing cricket. He has been going to classes in India & is hooked to it. Do we have any cricket coaching classes available in Adelaide? Please provide the details viz. location, membership fees etc.

    2. My daughter, aged 7 is interested in Bharatnatyam (classical Indian dance). Are there any Bharatnatyam classes available in Adelaide? Where? Fees? Any information will be helpful.

    • BobinOz March 6, 2016, 9:25 pm | Link

      Thanks, glad you like my website. As you have already noted, this is a question for the locals so I will leave it to them. Anybody?

    • Lost March 8, 2016, 11:37 am | Link

      Hi Vella.,

      Good to know you are also hooked. As Rohit mentioned hereabouts, yes quality of life is definitely better. But then it depends on how you define it relative to your lifestyle. If you are looking at weekend mingling with friends n family (possible), restaurant trips, movies, et al.. you got to have a great job as outings are out n out expensive. Jobs are scarce if you are planning to land a plum high paying job (as you may have there based on which you got your Visa) Before you leap into the well here is a link which you can look up

      If your kids are enjoying cricket n classical dance, great – you have the best of teachers – there. Here Cricket clubs are many – and – expensive. like 20-50 AUD per hour session. They charge you per session. (monthly does not figure here – here n now – thats it). Schools also offer extra coaching – if you prove worthy of it. Most of the parks here have cricket net practice facilities (free) but don’t expect a bunch of school kids playing a match every nook n corner like there. Here you wanna play, play in the park – not in your house front yard – strict no no – besides finding a group of same age same interest kids – ?!?!. Bharatnatyam may be there – am not aware of.. you can check out Adelaide Tamil Association – they have quite a few activities through the year. But be warned that you will not have the kind of happy n spirited classed you have there with arangetams, recitals etc. It is much much toned down.

      All the best Vella, think deeply before you make the jump – for once you reach here – it is a case of too sweet n too sour.Yes! carry a lot of money – they need it here.


      • Vella March 11, 2016, 2:29 am | Link

        Hi Lost,

        Thank you for an elaborate reply and your word of caution. I will definitely keep this in mind before taking the plunge. By the way, it will help if you can throw more light on whether you are an immigrant yourself & if yes, when did you migrate? From where? Have you found a reasonable job? And I would love to address you by some real name instead of a pseudoname which is so negative… 🙂


        • Lost March 24, 2016, 11:20 am | Link

          Hi Vella,

          Yes I too am an immigrant, coerced by my better (now bitter) half who was ”advised” by brilliant beings ”settled” in Melbourne – totally ignorant of the current affairs n economic situations prevalent here. That when even the advisers were jobless despite being highly qualified n experienced. A case of one frog in the well pulling down the other too into the dry well. We landed up a year ago, with stars in our eyes – its still in the eye. Job I have not landed yet, but for some door to door selling. Wife was luckier – promising but shaky job – that keeps us afloat now, whereas I am the family driver,shopper, cleaner, fixer upper – lucky – a novice in cooking – am not yet the “cooker” ;).

          The agents are hard selling this spot for their own good – free education, free medicare – but there is a limit. You land a job – all that is out – freebies only for the jobless – but then We are not a bunch of freeloaders, being taught fruits of hard work is the best. Then again you are forced to be part of the jobless gang as there is no job even for the locals. Big businesses are closing down every week, experienced locals in hundreds and thousands are out on the street – how do you – an immigrant – get a job?

          Sorry to appear negative – guess I will remain that – till things better, hopefully. There is scope for Aged Care, Child Care, Insurance, IT (upto a certain level – as I came across a highly qualified experienced IT person who landed a job after almost a year) and if you are ready to be a courier delivery guy with your own van – cool. Plumbers, Carpenters, Painters etc. have a field day here – imagine a Mercedes van with ladders n plumbing material fixed on the roof – a standard sight here. However you HAVE to do a local certification course here for a better chance in whichever field you choose. And there are scores of it available online and in the UNI plus private players. Check out TAFE on the net. It costs a lot too.

          If you are in the early 30s, willing to struggle for a few maybe more years, join the gang. Yes – it is beautiful here, absolute laid back life, fantastic gardens n parks, places for simple outings, beaches, etc. – you can enjoy it all- if only you had a job and things were a bit cheaper.

          All the best.


          • Vella April 8, 2016, 1:01 am | Link

            Hi Lost,

            Thank you for getting back. 🙂

            I understand your position and sincerely hope that it works out for you quickly. I really appreciate your honest opinions. This will help us hopefuls to steel ourselves and be better prepared. While I have not yet moved and am a novice in this immigration game, I do believe that everyone has their own motive to take the step to relocate and start afresh. I am also one of them. So yes, in spite of it sounding a bit risky putting a career back home at stake and moving to a unknown place I guess I am gonna jump in. And I need folks like you and Bob and others to guide me & my ilks in this.

            And lastly, may I know your name please?? 🙂


      • Sarah May 20, 2016, 4:42 pm | Link

        Hi Vella,
        I would have to disagree with Lost. I have lived in SA most of my life except for a stint in Cairns (love) and am currently living in Port Hedland WA (would not recommend). I have a 9 year old and a 19 year old. My son plays school cricket and club cricket neither are expensive. We live in an inner southern area and he goes to a small private school. He also has quite a few Indian friends. In winter he plays school soccer and club aussie rules (again not expensive). Some club sports can be expensive but this really depends on age and suburb. My daughter has an active social life and loves living in SA. Outings can be expensive every where in every state, but this depends on what you enjoy doing. There are ample kid friendly parks St Kilda (north), Orphanage Park (east), Julbilee Park (south) and Semaphore foreshore (west) just to name a few and excellent beaches. You can drive up to the Adelaide Hills which have free or small payment options for the family such as the big rocking horse or Gorge wildlife park just to name a few. Head down to Victor for the day or to the Barossa. The city has a great museum, art gallery and library (free of course). The one thing I am missing the most living in Port Hedland is the option of fresh food. The markets and local produce in Adelaide are excellent. There are plenty of great restaurants and pubs some expensive some inexpensive. Work has never been a problem but I work in the health industry and dont know much about others sorry. Each state is what you make of it. But living where I currently do I cant wait to get back to SA. My cousins from WA worked in Adelaide for 2 years and commented on how cheap housing was in Adelaide and they lived in one of the most expensive suburbs.

        • Gareth May 20, 2016, 4:53 pm | Link

          Come back soon Sarah, the state needs positive people like you in it.

        • Vella May 24, 2016, 3:20 am | Link

          Thank you for the positive words Sarah. I look forward to my visit to Adelaide soon.

  • Rohit February 27, 2016, 2:10 pm | Link

    Hi Bob and other locals

    I am planning to move to Adelaide in the month of early June on 190 subclass visa,I am a professional in insurance industry for past 10 yrs.
    I was wondering if anyone can help me with current insurance market in South Australia, also let know what other type of jobs can I get into considering my experience in insurance sale…
    Thanks for the help in advance.

    • BobinOz February 28, 2016, 8:00 pm | Link

      This isn’t a question I can help with, I don’t have the local knowledge, I’m in Brisbane. You might want to have a quick look through some of the many comments here though, there is a lot of talk about work in Adelaide, specifically that there are not many opportunities around at the moment.

      Probably not what you wanted to hear, but maybe somebody local to Adelaide can give you more specific information about your industry. Good luck, Bob

      • Rohit February 28, 2016, 8:04 pm | Link

        Thanks Bob
        I am a regular reader of your blogs but didn’t found anyone migrating with insurance background.
        Looking forward towards a fruitful revert from locals…
        Btw I am from New Delhi, India.

    • jay February 29, 2016, 3:33 pm | Link

      Hi Rohit. Though i’ve not landed there as yet, but my research thus far points that there isn’t much in any domain. And so long you’re ready to grab whatever comes your way, you should be alright. So yeah it might take longer than other places to fetch you a job in desired feild, you gotta hang around till then 🙂

      For that matter “we all” lol.

      • Rohit February 29, 2016, 3:41 pm | Link

        Thanks Jay for the input. I am ok working in any domain as long as I get desired job.
        Gud luck.

        • Lost February 29, 2016, 10:17 pm | Link

          Hello Bros..

          What a lot of Indians are moving here! Cool! Awesome Guys at Y Axis, WWCIwhatever are doing a swell job – selling dreams to every IT/HR/Insurance guys “languishing”in poor jobless situation. Pals – Just do a thorough research on situations here before you chuck your six figure pay job there. Here you will be lucky to get a decent 5 figure but then you will end up with 3 figures after all expenses. Insurance is one sector which seems to be in demand here – they insure everything under the sun..even your funeral (it is bloody expensive to get buried here – so the insurance – you can make out from the glitzy offices, TV ads, hoardings, banners etc. of these funeral organisers) So if you add some qualification here as well plus your experience you can join one of the many Insurance guys here. And “professional”- haha..that is there – here once you are in – you start again. All the best Mate.

          • Rohit March 1, 2016, 1:57 pm | Link

            Thanks Mate. Here in India Migration agent compares the quality of life in India vs Australia, which is there biggest usp.
            All knows that getting similar job is not possible when you land in the new country but if you get a satisfactory job you will be able to lead a satisfactory lifestyle.
            Between gud to hear about insurance market,can you or anyone guide me with a website where I can search for short term courses in insurance.
            Thanks for your time… 👍

            • Raghu March 4, 2016, 6:24 pm | Link

              Courses on insurance – try any australian university website – university of south australia has a number of courseson risk mgmt, finance, etc related to insurance
              Am sure the others also offer similar courses ..
              All the best for the move ….

              • Rohit March 4, 2016, 6:35 pm | Link

                Thanks Raghu…
                Is there any possibility of any online course which I can take in India prior to my move.

                • Raghu March 4, 2016, 7:05 pm | Link

                  I suggest you look at the pre conditions for enrolment in the course you prefer and get ready with the documentation.
                  The more direct approach would be to write to the university you have chosen and ask them. Am sure they would respond quickly. That has been my experience so far.

      • Rahul March 2, 2016, 2:54 pm | Link

        Agree with you Jay. All we can have is a good hope and be ready to take up anything that comes our way and of course no giving up !!!

        • jay March 3, 2016, 10:39 pm | Link

          True that.

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