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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  • Ahsan February 16, 2017, 8:29 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I am living in Sydney for three years n now thinking to relocate in adelaide. Can u suggest me which suburbs are best to live n good for young kids to grow. Low crime rate n all.

    • BobinOz February 16, 2017, 8:36 pm | Link

      Hi Ahsan,

      There is plenty of chat in these comments about good suburbs to live in, as well as talk about some of the suburbs to avoid. Which one is best is impossible to say, because it depends what you want. The vast majority of Adelaide in the surrounds would be good for kids to grow up and have a low crime rate.

      I think there are only a few areas to avoid, and as I say, they have been mentioned in these comments. So can I suggest you have a skim through them? I know there are a lot, but they also have a lot of information and I know you will learn much about the suburbs of Adelaide from people who know what it’s like there.

  • Valerie Stanton February 11, 2017, 2:11 am | Link

    Hubby and i are currently living in Victoria about half an hr from Ballarat. It looks like hubby will be getting a transfer to Adelaide with his job and we are looking at buying a home over there thinking Millicent, Mt Gambier areas. We have stayed in Millicent only a couple of days liked what we saw and did some touring of the area but would really like at getting some insight ups and downs of the area and around Adelaide.

    • David February 11, 2017, 6:03 am | Link

      Are you transferring to Adelaide or the South East? Millicent and Mount Gambier are about 450kms out from Adelaide.

  • Trupti shelar February 7, 2017, 7:42 pm | Link

    Bob this is like an ocean of information. You all are doing a wonderful job appreciated from bottom of my heart.

    I have initiated my VISA transfer process for Australia. I am from Mumbai, India and want to migrate permanently to Australia. I am single ( Unmarried) and will be moving alone. I am customer service professional here in India and open to take odd jobs incase of employment scarcity. Also I ready to stay under any conditions as long as itz safe staying. Please help me to make choice between Brisbane & Adelaide.


    • BobinOz February 8, 2017, 9:28 pm | Link

      Well, they are two very different cities, I can’t choose which would suit you best, only you can do that. Reading the comments on my main pages for each of these cities will help you as will looking at my roundup on my page A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia.

      Anyway, I’m biased, I moved here 10 years ago and chose Brisbane and I still love it today. Others who have lived in Adelaide for a long time and comment on this page will probably, and quite rightly, be I biased towards Adelaide.

      If you are undecided, I always reckon the best idea is to go where you can get work.

  • Guv February 4, 2017, 6:10 am | Link

    G’day all. Need advice from Adelaide locals please.
    I’m 50yr old male divorcee potentially transferring to Adelaide after 27yrs in small regional Vic town (<10k people).
    Need commutable access to Gepps Cross. Require a sense of community in a suburb / town with a bush type setting or feeling to it. I can only afford to rent.
    Activities are outdoor interests – fishing / cycling / walking.
    Can anyone help me with suitable locations for another major turning point in my life.
    Thanks for your comments.

    • Josh February 5, 2017, 6:59 pm | Link

      Hey Guv, the hills just above Tea Tree Gully might be good to look at. Houghton, Paracombe, Hermitage and Inglewood are hills villages that are easy driving reach to Gepps Cross and are within a bush setting (and the Inglewood Inn is nice little pub)

      • Guv February 6, 2017, 5:35 am | Link

        Thanks for the suggestions Josh. I’ll look into it and check the rentals.
        Nice pub is always good!!
        Cheers Josh.

  • Prudvi N February 2, 2017, 4:52 am | Link

    Hie bob,
    I’m planning to immigrate to Adelaide , presently I’m working in India and I have 2+ years experience in life science background.. So what are the chances to get job in South Australia???

    • BobinOz February 2, 2017, 8:51 pm | Link

      I don’t think anybody could give you an accurate answer to that question, but if you look through the comments made here you will see that finding work is one of the biggest challenges for those living in Adelaide.

      I would suggest you do some thorough research, you can do that via the links on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

  • Jax January 24, 2017, 10:49 pm | Link

    Best beaches in Adelaide are in the southern suburbs, city of Onkaparinga has 31 km of pristine coastline and the best wine region on Australia, which is of course McLaren Vale. The city also hosts stage 5 of the Tour Down Under. The train from Seaford to Adelaide is around 45 mins and by UK standards really cheap, clean and reliable. Moved here from UK in 2003, live the Pommie dream – lovely house with a pool and plenty of good weather to enjoy it. Beach 10mins away, wineries even closer. Best beaches Port Noarlunga, port Willunga and Aldinga Beach. Some beaches are drive on, which is kinda fun. Even an unclad beach at Maslins. Extremely clean and unpolluted coastline. We do get a few white pointers but also heaps of dolphins. Kangaroos still bounce around the suburbs here too! And yes deadly snakes frequent back yards, but generally keep to themselves.

    • pacos January 26, 2017, 8:16 am | Link

      That is a very good beautiful story, is the ocean safe to swim and is its warm ?

      What are jobs needed in that area? How is adelaide close and jobs needed ?

      thank you


      • David January 26, 2017, 1:18 pm | Link

        Adelaide suburban beaches are amongst the safest in Australia, they are protected by being in a gulf. The water is lovely on a warm Summer’s day. I wouldn’t suggest swimming at the beach in the middle of Winter though. The service sector is the largest employer in Adelaide, so health and nursing jobs are usually in demand. Also trade jobs, such as mechanics, plumbing, electricians etc are always in demand. Adelaide is a bit isolated by distance by UK standards, but not by Australian standards. The distances are approximately the same between Brisbane and Sydney, Sydney and Melbourne and Melbourne and Adelaide. Air fares can be quite affordable if you are able to book in advance and are able to utilize less popular flights.

  • Orlando January 23, 2017, 1:40 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    My wife and I are going to move to Adelaide next month for study a PhD, but until now we can’t find a place to rent, could you suggest some web or link to find places on rent?

    Thank you.

  • Shantal January 17, 2017, 12:48 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    My partner & I are planning to move to Adelaide from India. However neither of us has ever visited Australia before & so we’re thinking of taking a short trip (10 days approx) to get a feel of the place before we invest in the immigration process. From what I’ve gained from reading the comments, Adelaide is a small place, so I’m hoping the 10 days will do it.
    Would there be any resource centers or agencies we could go to (while in Adelaide), that would help us gain information about renting apartments, job opportunities etc.? Basically any sources/places of information, while there, that we can visit in order to help with our decision.
    I have viewed a couple of sites where renting & job openings are concerned, based on your blog. However since we plan on making the trip, I would also like to visit places that could provide information/help to new immigrants.
    Any kind of help is welcome, thanks.

    • BobinOz January 18, 2017, 12:28 am | Link

      Well, firstly, yes I think 10 days would give you a good chance to have a fair look around Adelaide, but if you can do longer than that, I would. What you are considering here is a big move, so I reckon three weeks would be better for you to take a good look around.

      As for those resources, I don’t think so, all the big resources for finding a job and somewhere to live are online, they are the same places you’ve already seen which I link to from this website. These are major portals, they have comprehensive listings, I really can’t think of any place you can go to to get more information than they can give you online.

      That’s just me though, but somebody else may know of such places. Anybody got any advice on this?

  • Spiro Doukakis January 16, 2017, 2:11 pm | Link

    I have travelled the world
    I livein Henley Beach
    Adelaide provides great weather , with warm summers and cool winters , with a great affordible lifestyle.
    Snakes found in the foothills, not often in the suburbs.
    Only dangerous spider is redback, but rarely fatal.
    Its a great city , one of the most affordable and livable cities in the world
    Move here and check it out
    You will not be dissapointed
    I wouldnt live anywhere else

    • Alex January 18, 2017, 2:55 am | Link

      This post makes us want to pack our bags 🙂

  • Alex January 16, 2017, 4:31 am | Link

    Hi, we are New Zealanders (and British), currently live in Vancouver Canada, and looking at moving to Adelaide (confused? we are!). We visited about 13 years ago and loved it, has it changed much since then? We have lived in Melbourne in the past (2015 most recently) and found the weather a little too crazy, it’s a nightmare and the cost of living has sky rocketed there and priced us out of the market to buy a house. We are trying to weigh up our options of moving to a different part of Canada, to the UK or Adelaide, too many options! We do know that we will not move back to New Zealand. We’re wondering about the snakes and spiders etc and if they are really in your homes and gardens and do the temperatures regularly go into the high 30’s? We would be looking at the coastal parts of Adelaide, Glenelg down to Brighton. I know bugs and weather might seem like small grips to an Aussie, but we are kiwi’s after all 🙂 Also, I am a young professional and mum is retiring, I’m not into nightlife anymore, we just want to be able to buy a nice house, I want a decent job, mum would like a nice retirement, we love the beach and we already know Adelaide has good shopping and amazing beaches and houses are still affordable, from reading your blog it sounds like there’s plenty to do in summer. I guess then our only questions really are the bugs and weather… and if those are really bad, is there a different part of Oz you would recommend?

    • Mark January 16, 2017, 10:30 am | Link

      Cant answer many of your points but can some ….Moving to UK Ive just left there and i think for good reason. Well a dollar will get you 62p instead of the 45p ten years ago so far better off but for living there I’m not so sure its getting very crowded little island and you could say Vancouver’s weather doesn’t change much compared to the very very diverse and severe weather of UK at present . A low of say 4 or 5 in Winter in VC in UK that can easily be minus 4 or 5 (celcius) And maybe 20 c or around 70f in Summer in VC and UK could be 15/ 60 or as high as 38/100 in Summer….
      I’m not so sure the job front in Adelaide is that great at present. if you read some comments on here and have a look at jobs front in general.
      Yes snakes spiders and so on do appear I think all over here. We were sat in a lovely almost ‘manicured’ public garden the other day (Melbourne) when a Tiger snake came wandering past….actually to be precise as it wandered past no one was sat 🙂 .
      Maybe Ive helped rule one notion out ..UK ….maybe not…you dont say why you want to leave Canada

      • Alex January 18, 2017, 2:43 am | Link

        Ah, it was sounding good until the snake in the park! We are REALLY Squeamish… seeing a Huntsman spider in our house in Melbourne terrified us…
        The weather in Vancouver is usually 6 months of rain in from about October, although we’ve just come out of an 8 week long deep freeze, think more like -10 to -18… it was cold, snowy and very icy…caused a lot of problems, we’re back to rain today and up to 5 degrees! It feels like summer… not kidding, so warm. This is the second winter like this in the last 8 years in Van, and summer can get hot, we were over 30 degrees for about 2 weeks last summer… it must be this global warming. Only thinking of leaving Canada due to family reasons, otherwise we would move out East (which we’re still thinking about). Why else are you pleased to have left the UK? what part are you from? We would have been considering Norwich. Thanks for your reply!

    • Josh January 16, 2017, 1:22 pm | Link

      Hi Alex,

      snakes, bugs and spiders are not really a problem in Adelaide. Some hills and foothills suburbs would have a fair share of snakes around but they are quite scared of humans so unless they are provoked they will slither off quickly. Spiders are spiders, they are not really a problem. The main issue is annoying mosquitos at night if your house doesn’t have any flywire doors and you want the outside night time cool air to come in. Adelaide CBD is significantly more vibrant than 13 years ago due to influx of apartments, small bars and cafes. As for jobs, people really go over the top regarding Adelaide employment prospects such as sensationalist stuff like ‘the Detroit of Oz’. If you’re not aspiring to get a upper level management or car manufacturing job or 6 figure salary job within a week, then the job market is not really any worse than Brisbane or Perth. Due to restructuring away from our previous reliance on manufacturing jobs, it means our unemployment rate is one of the highest, but this is because currently the loss of manufacturing jobs is not quite meeting the creation of new jobs in other sectors, however the lower AUD is assisting whats left of our manufacturing sector to ‘stay on its feet’ recently. If you are into the health sector, you will be more than fine

      • Alex January 18, 2017, 2:47 am | Link

        Thanks for the response, much appreciated… I think I forgot to ask about lizards? how are those? Encase you can’t tell, we’re very very squeamish! Growing up in Auckland our biggest problem was cockroaches, and you should have heard the screams… although we got very good at killing them.. which involved 3 people and a barking dog, a bat, a can of fly spray and a vacuum… just to give you an idea of how bad we are 🙂
        I think work should be fine, I have a very strong administrative background, I’m also flexible and never opposed to working in a supermarket or something until we get settled…

      • danny green January 24, 2017, 6:01 am | Link

        Hi josh, can you help, me and the wife are currently applying for a visa and are looking at moving to adeleide from the uk that’s if we are sucessful, I am a qualified air conditioning engineer/mechanic what are the chances of any jobs in adeleide? Thanks

    • David January 17, 2017, 2:54 pm | Link

      Hi Alex,

      I’ve lived in Adelaide most my life, but Sydney and Melbourne have almost become second homes. Adelaide is certainly great for home buyers, you’ll probably be offered a salary slightly lower than in Melbourne, but housing costs are much lower, so you will find Adelaide a far more affordable city to live in. There has been significant investment in infrastructure over the last 15 years or so in Adelaide, so it has changed a little, and very much for the better. You will have no problems whatsoever with snakes around Glenelg and Brighton, to be honest in all my travels I haven’t actually seen a snake for years. Spiders are around, only the redback is a genuine concern as a bite can be excruciatingly uncomfortable but the vast majority of us have lived with them our entire lives and have never been bitten. I only see one of them every few months. During the peak of summer, you can expect most days to be in the high 20s to low 30s, there will be a handful days in summer with temperatures up in the high 30s, and maybe a couple of heatwaves where the temperature can get into the 40s for a few days. You will want to invest in air conditioning for your home. Winter is cool and July can be quite cold, which is nice, because it’s a chance to enjoy some of the cold weather activities without it being absolutely freezing. If you want to escape the heat, you’re probably best considering Tasmania. The jobs market depends on which sector you’re skilled to work in, check the usual jobs websites for all of the job ads to get a feel for what is on offer. To be honest, the employment rate in South Australia is not very much worse than Western Australia, and they have just come out of a mining boom.

      • Alex January 18, 2017, 2:49 am | Link

        Thanks for taking the time to reply 🙂 So you don’t find the extreme heat too bad? It’s only for a few days a year? We actually love the city itself, and thought we had died and gone to heaven when we seen Glenelg…

        • David January 18, 2017, 10:47 am | Link

          Hi again Alex,

          The extreme heat may last for a few days, a three or four times a year in Summer. I generally don’t like hot weather full stop but to be honest, I don’t find the hot weather in Adelaide to be as repressive as it is in some other parts of the country. I suspect humidity has something to do with it. When I checked yesterday, it was 40 degrees and the humidity level was 7%. That is extremely dry, and means perspiration evaporates very effectively and your body’s own cooling system is working very efficiently. That is not to say it’s still not bloody hot though :). We tend to live in an air conditioned world now though, much different than what I remember when I was a kid in the 80s, so I find the heat a real non issue these days. Our homes, our cars, our workplaces, our shops, our schools – you name it, are all air conditioned.

    • Gareth January 17, 2017, 3:54 pm | Link

      Easy questions. Today is 43 degrees in the city, yesterday was similar, tomorrow is 28. Bugs and snakes are not an issue, keep your yard tidy and spray the perimeter of your home with Coopex which knocks all bugs dead when they walk in it. Problem solved. Ask me a hard question, like which Kindy served banana and milk at mid morning tea, of the socio economic problems of a high unemployment rate and aging population.

      • Alex January 18, 2017, 2:52 am | Link

        Ha, no kiddies so that’s not an issue 🙂 My mum would actually be retiring there, so it would have to be good for retirees… good health system (which I’ve failed to ask about). I’m generally pretty flexible with work, although applied for a couple of jobs to test the water, from admin to Coles and Aldi and got rejection emails on them all! Wouldn’t move without a job to go to… Thanks for your reply 🙂

        • Mark January 18, 2017, 8:46 am | Link

          Therin may lie a problem I employ folks and would not give a job to someone who lived outside of the country and no idea when they where coming… Youd really need to be here for that. to your otehr question on my post Norwich up to Gt Yarmouth and beyond is lovely. Ive lived in several parts of the UK but have travelled extensively within it. Im originally from San Clemente, SoCal

      • Francesco January 18, 2017, 10:07 am | Link

        Hi Gareth,

        what is meant by the socio economic problems of a high unemployment rate and aging population. ? I am looking at Adelaide and cannot see where the jobs are, I see other websites and media say there is job loss ? Is it good for a family if there is no work ?

        • Gareth January 19, 2017, 10:49 am | Link

          Hi Francesco,
          Jobs are coming and going all the time, there is a perception that there are fixed numbers of jobs available in all cities offering opportunities. This isn’t the case. You may have looked for a job yesterday and not found one, but not looked today when one was advertised.
          go to and register and you can get notified when jobs that will appeal to you are advertised. How ever I can pretty much guarantee that unless you are here, when they are advertised, unless its a high ranking specialty position, you wont get the job, because they will want some one in Australia ready to start. I’ve been applying for jobs in another state and the moment I tell them I’m not in the state ready to start I hear the dial tone of the phone. We have an unemployment rate of around 7% here, which means out of every 100 people able to work, seven are not employed. There’s always work for people to are willing to work.

    • Gareth January 17, 2017, 10:48 pm | Link

      Statistics of deaths and hospitalisation from 2000-2013 on today.
      More people died in Australia from horses than snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlers combined.

  • Rochelle January 12, 2017, 9:59 pm | Link


    We are moving to Adelaide from South Africa and I was wondering which suburbs are the best for children. We have a 3 year old and a 6 year old. (please keep the schools in mind as well as parks etc.)


    • BobinOz January 13, 2017, 3:33 pm | Link

      Hi Rochelle

      There is a lot of chatter about the suburbs and schools in this conversation here, I think you will learn a great deal by having a quick skim through it all. I’ve just searched for the word ‘school’ on this page alone, there are 19 results.

      There are even more comments on other pages when you click on the previous comments link, so I know you can glean a lot of information about the suburbs, potentially which suburbs to avoid, and tons of stuff about the schools.

      Adelaide is a very family friendly city, you will not be disappointed. Good luck with your plans, Bob

  • devinder January 5, 2017, 8:06 am | Link

    I am willing to move in Adelaide. I would like to buy a house and my budget is around $800000. which area is best to live and will be working in Gepps Cross 5094 please

    • BobinOz January 5, 2017, 9:31 pm | Link

      I would think that would buy a pretty good house in Adelaide, but I also think you would need to give more information about what you want from a suburb other than being close to Gepps Cross if somebody local is going to be able to give you any meaningful advice.

      • Gareth January 6, 2017, 6:58 pm | Link

        Information on what lifestyle you want to achieve, do you want to be near the beach or in the hills, do you want a large block of land or something small, do you want a big house or a unit/apartment. Is living close to the city of importance. Do you have kids that need to be in good schools or special schools, do you need to be near a hospital for health conditions. So many questions that require answers before giving advice that may change your whole life.

  • sammy January 3, 2017, 12:26 pm | Link

    Hi i’m looking to come study and live in Adelaide but i think i need to get sponsored in a job in a rural area so can anyone tell me whats the closest rural town to Adelaide??

    • BobinOz January 3, 2017, 10:05 pm | Link

      I’m not really sure why you think you would need to get a sponsored in a job in a rural area, I can’t see how working in a rural town and commuting into Adelaide to study would work. I think you need to clarify your question.

  • Dhruv Dhol December 29, 2016, 5:13 pm | Link

    Hi there….can anyone give me the idea about where in australia is the most farming done…And how much farmers earn on an average in a year.? I am from india and planning to shift in australia.

    • BobinOz December 30, 2016, 5:48 pm | Link

      What kind of farming? Beef, sugar, dairy, rice? Not sure what farmers earn, but you will, of course, need to obtain a visa that will allow you to work here in Australia.

  • john December 23, 2016, 10:24 pm | Link

    I am going to move to Adelaide next year and we want to leave in rosewater but we don’t know about this suburd is this a good suburd to live ? thank

    • Gareth December 24, 2016, 10:48 am | Link

      Hi John, I wouldn’t live in Rosewater, it wouldn’t be in my top fifty places to live in S.A Quite high crime rate and undesirables in this area, and a main transport corridor for heavy trucks. Name sounds great, but that’s where it stops.

  • Ashish December 21, 2016, 6:35 am | Link

    I am planning to move Adelaide with in few months on the PR basis but I don’t have any known there. So I am bit confused about that how I will find ACCOMMODATION and JOB there. If anybody can suggest me about these things please help me.

  • Olivia December 16, 2016, 8:29 am | Link

    Hi all,
    We are moving from Perth to Adelaide in Feb 2017. My daughter of 4yo was due to start kindy at a good public school here. I cannot seem to find information on kindy’s in Adelaide let alone good ones. From education websites it looks like kindy’s are either at daycares or private. Any good community kindy’s like those in Brisbane? In Perth she was starting kindy at the same primary school she was going to attend. Will appreciate any advice.

    We’ve heard that there are areas that can be quite rough in Adelaide, and with no idea where to start looking for a school for my daughter(private or public) it’s making the move hard.
    We have been told that the eastern suburbs are good, but we don’t mind going up to 15km from the city as long as it’s family friendly.

    • BobinOz December 18, 2016, 9:51 pm | Link

      Hi Olivia

      Paul Timson made a comment about some ‘rough areas’ to potentially avoid in a comment he made here 2016/08/14 at 11:10 am, so I think it’s worth you looking at that. If you have the time, it’s also worth scrolling through many of the other comments here as there’s lots of talk about good and bad suburbs.

      For daycare though, well, hopefully a local will help you out but if not there is an interesting link on my page about the subject…

      …to a website that may be able to help you out with this. Good luck, Bob

    • Scott December 23, 2016, 4:02 pm | Link

      Hi Olivia

      I moved from Perth of nearly 30 years to Adelaide a few years ago. To be honest the rough areas are generally far north and far south, and around Port Adelaide/possibly Croydon. It’s allot different in the fact that the inner city suburbs are the best, Parkside/Unley/Norwood area, West areas near the beach, just not so much north around Prospect.
      I don’t have kids, so can’t help there, just really avoid anything past Hallet Cove/Blackwood heading south and Grand Junction road heading north, with exceptions of Mawson Lakes. These areas are high unemployment, not so nice houses etc. Same in every city, not saying good people don’t like there but I would not live in those areas for free, for example Armadale/Gosnells area Im sure you know of. Any other questions let me know. Cheers.

      • Olivia December 24, 2016, 8:01 am | Link

        Thanks for the advice Scott!
        How are you finding Adelaide after living in Perth for so long? We really love Perth especially the beaches and parks and the fact that it is so family friendly. How does Adelaide compare?

        • Scott December 26, 2016, 12:24 pm | Link

          Hi Olivia

          Well Adelaide firstly has really nice beaches, the thing I like here is because of the peninsula there is land over the other side of the ocean, so you can go to the beach on a calm day and there are people doing standup paddle boarding etc. Some days it does get windy, but it’s allot different than looking out into nothing but the Indian Ocean if Perth.
          So if you want surf, you do have to travel. The beaches are nice yellow sand for the most part, very much the same. I find the pace of Adelaide reminds me of Perth in the 1990s, shops closed on Sunday in the city and public transport infrequent after certain times of night, this is largely due to the population size and demand.
          If you let me know what suburb you live in Perth I could probably suggest somewhere similar, I lived in Bull Creek/Leeming/Willetton areas.
          Allot of things are really subject to personal opinion, I would describe Adelaide as a safe, family orientated city, with festivals throughout the year. There is not as much excitement for the youth that is on offer in the larger cities in terms of night life, concerts, entertainment etc. The main thing that has really been an issue for me is suitable employment, but I am going to start my own business in 2017, that all depends on what skills and experience you have. I don’t know what else to say really, I am planning to head up to the Gold Coast and live there, but don’t regret moving from Perth, to be honest it’s just really isolated and far away from all the other cities to travel frequently.

          • Josh January 2, 2017, 11:42 pm | Link

            shops closed in the city on Sundays??????? that’s total nonsense

            • scott January 3, 2017, 12:15 am | Link

              Well it depends on the demand. Perth only started Sunday trading a few years ago, almost everything outside tourist areas were closed. Depends on what your used to.

            • scott January 3, 2017, 12:24 am | Link

              Here is one 😅😅 Central Adelaide markets closed on Sunday.

              • BobinOz January 3, 2017, 9:25 pm | Link

                I actually think it’s quite cute when all the shops in a city or town are shut on a Sunday, it’s nice for everyone to be able to chill out and take a day off. Even back in the UK, in the early 1980s, all the shops were shut on a Sunday, garden centres aside if I recall. Maybe petrol stations were open as well.

                Those were the days I say, but maybe I’m just turning into a grumpy old man? Or worse, I am one? 🙂

            • David January 12, 2017, 5:37 am | Link

              For the record, shops are open 11am-5pm every Sunday. Supermarkets are open from about 6-7am until 9pm Weekdays, until 5pm Saturdays. Technically they are allowed open from 12:01am Monday to Saturday. Shops in the CBD, but not in the suburbs can open between 11am-5pm on public holidays.

        • Scott December 26, 2016, 12:30 pm | Link

          Oh also you will love the Fringe Festival, apparently second biggest festival in the Southern Hemisphere and it goes for about 4-6 weeks. It starts in February to March, the only other main difference in the wind here is very cold in the winter, but it does not rain heavy for days on end like Perth, the weather is very similar except not as many blue sky days, so when it’s really hot here it could be overcast, where in Perth you get like 14 days straight with no clouds in the sky lol. As I am sure you know already, that is too much for me, here it’s allot more moderation, gets really, really hot for a few days then drops back down to normal.

          • Olivia December 29, 2016, 2:00 pm | Link

            Thank you Scott for providing your perspective on moving to Adelaide! We currently live in Gwelup, so we are looking at finding a similar area(family friendly, parks, good schools, not to far from city etc…) Gwelup is about 15km from the city centre, so don’t mind travelling a similar distance in Adelaide. Would appreciate it if you can recommend any other areas to buy/rent other than inner east and south.
            Good luck with the new business and eventual move to the Gold Coast. We lived in Brisbane for 3 years and love Qld. Hopefully you’ll also enjoy living there.
            Thanks again for your valuable advice.

            • scott January 3, 2017, 12:20 am | Link

              Hi Olivia

              I am actually not that familiar with northern suburbs at all or Gwelup. In Adelaide 15kms from the city really in any direction you will find good suburbs to live. I just would not live that close to Port Adelaide myself, but really everything within that range is nice.

            • scott January 3, 2017, 12:32 am | Link

              Personally I would move close to Glenelg, north up to Henley Beach or south to South Brighton. East side of Brighton road/Tapleys hill roaf cheaper still with same lifestyle. You have the tram or train into the city, close to the airport, lots of great schools and shops, with a Westfield at Marion. Glenelg is so nice during the summer months people and kids out and about. I live in the Holdfast Bay council area, anywhere around there is the best place to live in Adelaide I have friends all over the place and Im not a local, so thats really my unbiased opinion.

              • Olivia January 6, 2017, 11:36 am | Link

                Thanks Scott! Will look into those suburbs.

      • Petros December 28, 2016, 11:18 am | Link

        Hi Scott . I’m from Canada and I’m planing to move to Adelaide I’m 60 years old active man what would be your seggestion for me

  • Catherine December 7, 2016, 2:42 pm | Link

    Hi all,

    My husband and I will b migrating to Adelaide next feb 2017. We are looking for fully furnished 1-2 bed apt in Albert park/Seaton park. Is this more to a local suburb? is it safe?
    It’s pretty hard for us to inspect the property whilst we are still abroad. Is there any suggestion? I have emailed to quite a few agents but all ask me to register for inspections. If its a MUST, where is the best to stay during the first week?

    • BobinOz December 7, 2016, 7:40 pm | Link

      I can’t help you with information about those suburbs Catherine, hopefully a local will answer you but I would be shocked if it wasn’t safe, almost all of Australia is very safe.

      I think you will find it hard to secure a rental from abroad though, the laws vary from state to state but here in Queensland my understanding is that a personal visit and inspection of the property by the potential tenants is a must, rental agencies simply won’t allow you to sign the contract if you haven’t seen the place.

      I believe it is possible to get around this if you use a relocation agent and have them act on your behalf. Whether or not that is the law in South Australia, I don’t know, but if I was a landlord I would definitely choose to rent to somebody who has seen my property rather than one who hasn’t.

      These days, possibly the best option is to try and find somewhere on Airbnb for your first week here. Good luck, Bob

      • Catherine December 9, 2016, 12:31 am | Link

        Dear Bob,

        Thanks for your advise??

      • Terry Sankey ( mrs ) December 10, 2016, 8:35 am | Link

        Hi Catherine yes these surburb s are safe but like anywhere in the world nowhere is 100% safe . Iv arrived in Adelaide in 1988 from Dunboyne Co Meath , and I have to say we love our life here . Adelaide is a beautiful city . If you need anymore info please email me and I’ll do my best to help . Best of luck Terry

        • Mollycleary December 10, 2016, 3:19 pm | Link

          Hi I am retired and from Naul Co Meath and wonder what surburb to live in. A duplex in Kurralta Park is in the mix- $ range 400,000.
          What do you think,
          Regardsmolly Mac

          • Terry Sankey December 10, 2016, 6:29 pm | Link

            Hi Mac that surburb is very close to the city and beach with good transport system

        • Jacqueline Wogan December 13, 2016, 11:22 pm | Link

          Hi Terry- We are in Bettystown, Meath and our family of 5 is moving to Adelaide in July/Aug 2017. Would love to get some local advice on neighbourhoods and schools. I am an ExPat from California and looking to live in warmer place than Ireland. I love the look of Glenelg from pictures…Any help you can offer would be appreciated!

          • Terry December 14, 2016, 12:51 am | Link

            Hi Jacqueline there’s lots of areas I’d recommend but it all depends on what you like ie near the beach / hills area or close to Adelaide City , the same with school ,private v public schools , if you can decide on beach v city etc areas I can help you more , also like everywhere else in the wourld houses prices and rents in or near the city are expensive , let me know what your preference is and I’ll try to help if I can . Warmly Terry

  • Alex December 2, 2016, 5:31 pm | Link

    Hi all,

    I am currently living and working in Kenya but my family and I will be immigrating to Adelaide on permanent residency visas on 15th January 2017. To this end we would like to have secured a rental property before then. My wife and I have three children ages 8, 5 and 2 and they have all been accepted at St Joseph’s Payneham Primary School.

    We are ideally looking for a 3-4 bedroom with a minimum of 2 bathrooms. A maximum commute of 30-40 minutes to the school would be fine.

    A major challenge is most landlords do not want to rent out to new emigrants 🙁 Any ideas or experiences of new emigrants would be welcome.

    Thanks and I look forward to reading from you.



    • Shalini December 2, 2016, 5:36 pm | Link

      Hi Alex,
      We are also in Kenya ( Nairobi) and also planning the same on PR. Appreciate if we can engage here . Pl give your contact if possible or call me @ +254786549600.


      • BobinOz December 2, 2016, 8:55 pm | Link

        I’m not really convinced it’s a case of landlords not wanting to rent to new immigrants, but I am aware that in most states, certainly here in Queensland, it’s a requirement to actually view the property personally in order to be able to rent it.

        So if you are trying to secure a rental from abroad without having seen it, you will have problems. In some states this is actually the law, that someone must personally inspect the property before being able to rent it. It’s to get around potential problems of misrepresentation, i.e., when you get to see it you could say it doesn’t live up to how it was described you and therefore attempt to cancel the contract.

        Each landlord makes their own decision on who can and cannot rent the properties they owns based on information presented, most will simply choose the applicant they feel is the strongest. Hope that helps and good luck, Bob

      • Alex January 3, 2017, 7:17 pm | Link

        Hi Shalini,
        Did you finally settle down in Adelaide? My family leave Kenya on 13th January.
        Let me have your email address if that is ok.
        Kind regards,


  • Claire Jeffery November 28, 2016, 12:25 pm | Link

    Hi. My family of 6 will be moving to adelaide at the beginning of 2017. Our heads are spinning with where to live. Coming from Canada we would like our kids to be able to continue with their core French education instead of Japanese. Paringa park, Stirling east, edwardstown and glen osmond are the schools we are looking at. I will be in Daw Park for school and don’t want to have too far a commute. My husband would like to be as close to the water as possible. Is Glenelg too touristy? Is it far more expensive near the beach? We would really like to be in a community with kids and families. Thanks for any and all suggestions.

    • Gareth November 28, 2016, 7:10 pm | Link

      Hi Claire, sorry this will be a quick response but there is plenty of information on this thread, especially about schools. I posted a thread a while back with links where you can compare schools.
      Yes Glenelg is very touristy, and expensive. But expense is relative to your income and assets. My sister lives there, but it’s not my cup if tea. Ic you are renting it’s probably not too bad if you stay away from the name brands (Glenelg, Henley, Brighton etc) and if you’re not in the beachfront or even beach side of Tapleys Hill Rd you should find somewhere.

      Best way to work out distances is simply with your maps app or GoogleMaps, that will give you drive time and distance.
      Welcome to Adelaide.

    • Sarah December 7, 2016, 8:30 pm | Link

      Hi Claire, some of the suburbs you are referring to are a fair distance to Daw Park. Edwardstown is the closest. I live in the next suburb over St Marys. My son goes to a small private school in our suburb but i have heard good things about Edwardstown primary. Not that far to the beach to drive. If you want to live in walking distance though Somerton Park and Brighton are nice but still expensive. Though relatives from Perth moved to one of the more expensive suburbs Unley Park and thought property prices in Adelaide cheap. I’m not sure on schools that offer French but there is always private tuition. Good luck with the move.

  • Samantha November 21, 2016, 1:27 pm | Link

    I’m highly considering relocation from the states to Adelaide. I understand first I’d need to get a work permit, but a few questions I have are below…
    1. Which areas are more diverse than others?
    2. Which areas are more family oriented, I do have a 10 and 14 yr old. So they’d need to feel comfortable as well.
    3. Which areas are more affordable to live?
    4. Is it easy to purchase a car or rent a car?
    Thanks for your help, some research is quite scary so I’d like to hear from someone who is there and has experience. Any insight is awesome.

    • Gareth November 21, 2016, 2:57 pm | Link

      Hi Samantha,
      Australia in its nature is culturally diverse. You will find a high density of Indian and subcontinent workers and students around Prospect and Kilburn and surrounding areas. You will likely find Etheopians and Asians a round Kilburn, Kilkenny, Croydon areas.

      Affordable family environments are everywhere, from the Adelaide Hills to the Eastern foothills and NE suburbs. Depends on what environment you are looking for. Cars can be cheap to buy, around $45 a day to rent for s small one. Petroleum is around $1.25 per litre about now, and diesel around $1.13. Registration and insurance varies per vehicle and driving history.

      Feel free to ask any other questions you may have.

  • Sofia November 15, 2016, 6:26 am | Link

    Hello all!
    First of all thank you for informative reading, both here in the blog but also in the comments! I’ve tried finding some information that deals with my question but didn’t so I hope I’m not doubble posting a question here.

    I’m going to Adelaide in February as an exchange student. I’ve been looking at accomodation, and of course found the university managed accomodation options. But I feel these are quite expensive for a student budget when they are about 300 AUD/week for a room in shared apartment, shared toilet. I’m going to study in the University of Adelaide and now I’m looking for some advice to where I should look for accomodation I’ve understood the university is located in the CBD. Is it easy to get around with the metro if I’ll live far from CBD, and if I do what areas should I be looking into.
    Looking forward to hearing from you!


    • BobinOz November 15, 2016, 8:13 pm | Link

      Hi Sofia

      Yes, actually $300 per week for a room does seem very high, especially for Adelaide. I’m sure you could find plenty of options that are cheaper than that, but I’m afraid I will need to leave where you should look to the locals.

      Hopefully someone will see your question and answer it in due course, good luck, Bob

      • Sofia November 21, 2016, 8:05 pm | Link

        Hi Bob, that was exactly how I felt as well. Yes, lets see if anyone else has any ideas for me then, thank you for your time!


        • Rohit November 22, 2016, 9:10 am | Link

          Hi Sofia

          I u want house in city then its expensive. But if you go in suburbs then you can find units in the range of 200-250-280. Most of the suburbs are well connected with city. If you plan to drive your own car then Adelaide is a two minute city.

    • farhan December 7, 2016, 1:09 am | Link

      Hi sofia,
      We are renting out second bedroom in our two bedroom unit near CBD.

      • Farhan December 7, 2016, 1:17 am | Link

        To add up few things more in my comment earlier.
        It’s only 3 to 4km away from CBD, quite convenient and safe place, very close to all amenities such as Norwood shopping centre, cafes and restaurants are only 5mins walk and bus goes to city in every 15 mins, bus stop is only 1min walk.
        Me and my partner recently moved here from sydney for better opportunities and lifestyle. If you are interested or still looking for share accomodation let me know so we can discuss further.
        Thanks !

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