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

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Naresh February 21, 2016, 12:56 am | Link

    Hi Friends, I am from India and planning to arrive alone in Adelaide in March 2016. I am searching for serviced apartment or house for me in or near woodville. If any single want to accompany/accommodate me, get me at

    Also, please suggest about sim card and how to open bank account?

    • BobinOz February 22, 2016, 6:24 pm | Link

      I can’t help you much with your search for a rental, but there are links on this page to a local estate agent which could be useful to you.

      As for Sim cards, Google Amaysim and Boost for probably the best current Sim only deals. Telstra definitely have the best mobile coverage and their prices have come down a lot lately as well. I’ve just switched to them on a $30 a month plan.

      For a bank account, see Banking.

    • Scott February 24, 2016, 2:22 am | Link

      To open an account take photographic ID and other forms of identification to any major bank like ANZ, NAB, Westpac or BankSA for example. For a place to live use the websites gumtree, and Search in the area you need to be in for share houses or private rentals.

  • Sunny February 20, 2016, 12:29 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I am planning for a first visit to Adelaide during the first or second week of May and wanted to know will it be winter by then? I am bringing along my 4 year old son, so wanted to know what would be the ideal time?

    And regarding the public schools, wanted to get some thoughts around how good are the public schools?

    • BobinOz February 22, 2016, 5:07 pm | Link

      May will be the last month of autumn, so not quite winter. If you are wondering whether that’s an ideal time for the weather, there is a weather chart in the above article.

      I’ve written lots about schools, see my page Which school?

  • Sherry February 13, 2016, 12:40 pm | Link

    Hi Bob and locals of Adelaide,

    I have recently got a job in Adelaide CBD ( in victoria square ). I will be moving to Adelaide in March. I need some guidance from locals in finding out the best place for long term rental accommodation.

    I have some specific set of criterions – beach side house ( sea view from window or walking distance ) + near to top schools ( primary school ) + 20-30 minutes of commute time to CBD + near to malls/restaurants/shops/ Indian grocery store + near to Indian community (preferably not necessarily ). I know I may be asking for an utopian location, but I feel we get what we ask for. Please help and provide your suggestions.

    • BobinOz February 15, 2016, 4:38 pm | Link

      I’ll leave this one to the locals, but this post will help you find out about areas where Indians live…

      • Sherry February 16, 2016, 8:28 am | Link

        Hi Bob,

        Thanks for sharing the heat map of the migrants distribution. This is really helpful and awesome.

        You are doing a great job. Thanks again.


        • BobinOz February 16, 2016, 5:11 pm | Link

          My pleasure Sherry, glad it helped.

    • Sherry February 24, 2016, 2:27 am | Link

      Request locals of Adelaide to revert on my query

      • Sally February 28, 2016, 9:43 am | Link

        Hi Sherry
        Maybe your utopian list for housing is a bit limiting. Adelaide has 40 km of beach running north to south. But housing along the foreshore is mainly single storey with a few spots of two level housing. While there are a couple of multi level buildings, I feel many are owned, not rented.

        Almost every primary school is a “top school”. If you are working in Victoria Square, look for spots near the tram line. (There’s only one team line. City to Glenelg.) Glenelg is a beach area, with restaurants. I wouldn’t worry about looking for an Indian grocery store. The Central Market is off Victoria Square and there will be several others within a 15m car trip. Adelaide is small enough to get around easily.

        • Sherry February 28, 2016, 10:27 am | Link

          Hi Sally,

          Thanks for your response. I have just landed in Adelaide today in pursuit of house search. Your response is very helpful. Glenelg is my preferred option as well. Thanks for your suggestion on the house being near the tram line – this makes lot of sense.

          I am not that particular about the house being a high rise apartment or a row house/ villa/ individual house. All I need is a good open space, as I have a 5 year old who needs his space to play around.

          Wish me luck for my house hunting. Any other suggestions are welcome.


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