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Adelaide is where you can experience the best of big city excitement but also enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of a laidback town when you want to.

Adelaide has a lot going for it. Founded with a vision of tolerance and diversity, it has blossomed into a city that is bursting with music festivals, events and a diverse, accepting community. With accessibility that is unheard of in most cities, its residents enjoy a good work-life balance. The city has consistently achieved a high mark on the liveability index throughout the 21st century.

There are several aspects of the city that you can enjoy when you move here.

It has a unique history

Adelaide was not built to house convicts as many other Australian cities were. It was built to be the capital of the first freely-settled British province in Australia. Named after Queen Adelaide (consort to King William IV), it has been long known as the City of Churches for its religious diversity. Adelaide is also home to Australia’s oldest mosque, which is located in CBD of the city.

henley beach, adelaide

It’s a forward-thinking city

Often called the ‘City of Firsts,’ Adelaide was the first Australian city to give women the right to vote, end racial and sexual discrimination. The first woman Prime Minister for Australia is from Adelaide as is the country’s first woman astronaut.

A planned city

Colonel William Light was a founding father of the city. He designed the city centre and you have him to thank for the city’s incredible green cover. In accordance with his design, the city is set on a grid of 5 squares and is interspersed with beautiful boulevards and surrounded by parks. It’s eerily similar to Christchurch, because he designed both cities.

Lower cost of living and high quality of life

Adelaide has been known to be much easier on the pocket than other major cities in Australia like Melbourne and Sydney. The price of housing is said to be half that of Sydney. For years, it consistently ranked in the top 10 cities on the Economist’s Global Liveability Index. For six years, it was ranked 5th on the list. The rankings are decided based on stability, healthcare, environment, education and infrastructure among other factors. In 2018, the city had an average overall score of 96.6.

Accessible education

The oldest university in Australia is located in Adelaide. The University of Adelaide was established in 1874. It consistently ranks in the top 1% of universities worldwide. The educational institutions in the city and the South Australian government are working toward making the city an ‘educational hub’ and it is often called ‘the Learning City’. Thanks to their efforts, the number of international students in the city is rising rapidly. It is also the birthplace of three Nobel laureates (which is more than any other Australian city).

It’s the city of live music

Lonely Planet once called Adelaide the ‘Live Music City.’ In 2015, it was noted that Adelaide had more live music venues per capita than any other city in Australia. It has also been called the City of Music by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The city has produced several singers and musical groups who have gone on to be national and international successes. The Adelaide Festival Centre sits on the banks of the river Torrens and is the focal point of a lot of cultural activity in the city.

Festivals galore

Adelaide plays host to about 400 festivals a year so you will definitely find a festival that matches your interests, whether it’s music, films, cars or anything else. There are quite a few unusual festivals as well like the Cabaret festival.

The 20-minute city

Adelaide is famously known for being a ’20-minute city’ meaning that commuters can travel from the outskirts to inside the city in approximately 20 minutes! This is thanks to the excellent transportation system in conjunction with the way the city has been planned and built. With increasing volumes of traffic, it may not be 20 minutes anymore but commutes here are much quicker than they are in other major cities.

The Adelaide Hills Wine region

The Adelaide Hills is a registered Geographical Indication (GI), meaning that the wine from this region is unique. The altitude of the region is key to growing its grapes and the cool climate is ideal for Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Adelaide is famous for its wines and is one of the oldest wine growing areas in the country.

Incredible urban park system

The Adelaide Park Lands are over 760 hectares and are on the National Heritage list. These parks cocoon the city and are its lungs as well as its playground. It consists of 29 parks and 6 city squares with different features, facilities and ecosystems. It is this layout which often prompts people to describe Adelaide as ‘a city in a park’

Great climate

Adelaideans enjoys a Mediterranean climate marked by long and hot summers and snowless winters. In the summer, temperatures can range from 25 - 35⁰C and winters see it drop to 10 - 15⁰C. Residents are spared the humidity of other Australian cities.

Accessible beaches

The beaches around metropolitan Adelaide are just a quick drive away. You can generally reach them in under an hour and there are plenty to choose from! Brighton, Glenelg and Semaphore are some of the most popular options.

Walk with the dolphins

Port River is just 20 minutes outside the city there are said to be about 300 dolphins that visit it. This is probably the only place in the world where wild dolphins live so close to a metropolitan area. The friendly Port River dolphins are well known for their ‘tail walking’ antics. They leap up from the water and propel themselves backwards on their tailfins while remaining vertical!

Adelaide seems to have found a way to strike that elusive balance between a thriving city life and relaxed living. With good city infrastructure, plenty of parklands and a good economy, Adelaideans enjoy the best of both worlds! Those who move here fall into the easy going rhythm of the city fairly quickly and find that they have little to find fault with. If you want to move here, contact us to discuss how we can make it easy.


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