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Bursting with culture, entertainment, and events, Adelaide is a coastal paradise in southern Australia. What separates this city from the rest is that it is the only one in Australia that wasn’t settled by convicts in the early 19th century.

Established by free British settlers in 1836, today Adelaide has a multicultural atmosphere known to locals as the ’20-minute city’. This is because it will take you only twenty minutes to commute from place to place. The city planner for Adelaide was the same as Christchurch, so you may recognise the street layout.

There is loads to do in the city, and it offers a great lifestyle.


Enjoy the colonial-era and modern architecture

The entire city is scattered with old buildings that were constructed to tempt prospective settlers. The legacy of this intense campaign, along with the geometric placement of urban sub-divisions, gives much of Adelaide a character not seen in other Australian cities. Even modern buildings like the SAHMRI building is stylish and exudes fantastic architectural skill. Owing to its unique 3-D exterior, locals call it the cheesegrater or pine cone.

There are beautiful Anglican churches that you can visit as well with St. Peter’s Cathedral in North Adelaide and Holy Trinity Church located on North Terrace.

Due to the city plan, Adelaide is a green city, and you can venture into the ring of parklands that surround the city. Spread over eight kilometres, it’s a great place to relax and unwind after a long day at work.

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Try the local produce at markets and malls

Adelaide’s main street for shopping, Rundle Mall is also Australia’s first pedestrian-friendly mall. The government decided it would be a good idea to remove vehicles to give shoppers a safer experience. You will find lots of international retailers here in addition to local Australian suppliers. Multiple boutiques and an arcade network connected to the mall make this one of the most favoured destinations by tourists and locals alike.

You will also get a taste of the famous Adelaide architectural style through iconic sculptures like the Spheres, and some life-size pigs carved out of bronze. If you aren’t squeamish then you might appreciate the giant cockroach statue as well. If you have kids with you then head over to the Adelaide Arcade that’s quite close by. With lavish décor and a fabulous fountain at the entrance, a visit to this area will be a great shopping experience in the heart of Adelaide.

Check out the Adelaide Central Market which is awash with activity throughout the day. Called “Adelaide’s food hub”, it has nearly eighty stalls under one single roof, and is one of the largest markets in Australia offering fresh produce. There are also many events that take place here every year like cooking classes and edible-gift making sessions. With kid-friendly holiday workshops and live music every Friday, this is an absolute must-visit if you are looking for things to do.

Enjoy the Adelaide Botanical Gardens

The pride of Adelaide, this fifty-one-acre celebration of Australia’s flora and fauna draws inspiration from the Royal Gardens at Kew in England and Versailles, France. Not only will the vast expanse of greenery amaze you, but structures like the Palm House (a glasshouse) built in the 19th century are a free history lesson in itself.

Head over to the National Rose Trial garden. It’s the first of its kind in the country, and here they test the suitability of international rose breeds in the Australian climate. There is a competition too, with an expert panel judging the roses over a two-month period. The winner gets an award and a special place in the garden.

The botanical garden also does a lot to conserve the local flora and fauna. Pop over to the bicentennial conservatory which is also the largest single-span conservatory in the hemisphere. From at-risk species to endangered ones from the country’s northern regions, South Pacific, and Indonesia, you will find a lot of conservation work going on to protect these plants.

Sail over an iconic river on a gondola

The River Torrens is a famous water body flowing through the city. It is responsible for garnering the interest of Adelaide’s first settlers in the early 19th century. Without it, the city might have remained free from colonists until much later in time. Named after its discoverer Colonel Robert Torrens, the river’s inland bend was chosen as a settlement way back in 1836. Today, it has turned into a major tourist hub with multiple tours operating in and around the area.

If you wish, you can choose a Venetian-style gondola tour and sail down the river admiring the landscape and the Australian horizon. If that doesn’t float your boat then you always have the option of a kayak, paddle-boat, or canoe. To partake a more relaxing view, it’s best to take the gondola tour. It’s even better if you do this in the evenings as the sunset is fabulous and you are treated with sights such as the Elder Park Rotunda, Adelaide Zoo, and a footbridge that’s illuminated at night.

Try and book yourself a tour with the legendary cruise operator Popeye as they have been operating tours on the river for over 75 years!

There is also the Cobbler Creek Recreation Park and Cleland Wildlife Park (abode of the Koala bear) to explore.

Local culture

Entertainment venues include the Adelaide Oval which was opened to the public in 1871 and can seat 53,500 people. There’s also Torrensville’s Thebarton Theatre and Adelaide Festival Theatre which host a number of events throughout the year.

The Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute helps you to understand the area. It offers a range of aboriginal art and will be a worthy addition to any gallery-hopping itinerary you have planned.

Adelaide is a fantastic place to visit where you will never run out of things to do. If you are considering moving there, the climate, location and range of activities make it great place to be. Contact us if you want to find out how we can make the moving process pain-free.


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If you are moving the majority of your household items from New Zealand to Australia, one of Ausmoves experienced relocation consultants will visit your home to establish your specific packing requirements and any unique moving needs. Learn more about moving to Australia from NZ.

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