Life in Adelaide
Life in Adelaide
Welcome to Adelaide. We know you are going to love living in Adelaide and have a great time if you are passing through.
Is Adelaide a good place to live?
Yes, Adelaide is a great place to live or visit. Below our guide to Adelaide will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.
Visas required to live in Adelaide
If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Adelaide, you are going to need a visa to do so. Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Adelaide. Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.
If you are moving to Adelaide and want to find a job in Adelaide we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Adelaide for new arrivals. Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.
Map of Adelaide
Weather in Adelaide
Adelaide ( AD-il-ayd) is the capital city of South Australia, the state’s largest city and the fifth-most populous city of Australia. “Adelaide” may refer to either Greater Adelaide (including the Adelaide Hills) or the Adelaide city centre. The demonym Adelaidean is used to denote the city and the residents of Adelaide. The Traditional Owners of the Adelaide region are the Kaurna people. The area of the city centre is called Tarndanya in the Kaurna language.
Adelaide is situated on the Adelaide Plains north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, between the Gulf St Vincent in the west and the Mount Lofty Ranges in the east. Its metropolitan area extends 20 km (12 mi) from the coast to the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges, and stretches 96 km (60 mi) from Gawler in the north to Sellicks Beach in the south.
Named in honour of Queen Adelaide, the city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for the only freely-settled British province in Australia. Colonel William Light, one of Adelaide’s founding fathers, designed the city centre and chose its location close to the River Torrens. Light’s design, now listed as national heritage, set out the city centre in a grid layout known as “Light’s Vision”, interspaced by wide boulevards and large public squares, and entirely surrounded by parklands.
Early colonial Adelaide was shaped by the diversity and wealth of its free settlers, in contrast to the convict history of other Australian cities. Until the post-war era, it was Australia’s third most populated city. It has been noted for its leading examples of religious freedom and progressive political reforms, and became known as the “City of Churches” due to its diversity of faiths. Today, Adelaide is known by its many festivals and sporting events, its food and wine, its coastline and hills, and its large defence and manufacturing sectors. Adelaide’s quality of life has ranked consistently highly in various measures through the 21st century, at one stage being named Australia’s most liveable city.
As South Australia’s government and commercial centre, Adelaide is the site of many governmental and financial institutions. Most of these are concentrated in the city centre along the cultural boulevards of North Terrace and King William Street.
Hotels and Accommodation in Adelaide
There are all types of accommodation available in Adelaide. The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save Bookdirectandsave.com
This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and booking.com but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.
Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.
Adelaide is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.
Accountants in Adelaide
Banks in Adelaide
Cafes in Adelaide
Carpet Cleaners in Adelaide
Dentists in Adelaide
Doctors and Medical clinics in Adelaide
You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.
Contact one of the Adelaide Electricians below
Hospitals in Adelaide
Mechanics in Adelaide
Newspapers in Adelaide
Pest Control in Adelaide
Plumbers in Adelaide
Real Estate Agents in Adelaide
Restaurants in Adelaide
Schools in Adelaide
Solicitors in Adelaide
Supermarkets in Adelaide
Vets in Adelaide
For all information on living in towns and cities across Australia visit our Living in Australia index page where you will find 160 guides on areas right across the country.
To live and work in Australia you might be eligible for an Australian Work Visa or a Permanent Residency visa as a skilled worker. Find out more and move to Australia to live and work and start you new life.