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Adelaide City Guide

Fine food, great wine, a sense of history and the good life - can all be found in the elegant City of Adelaide - the capital of South Australia and home to more than a million people.

Whether Adelaide is your intended destination or just a brief stopover on the way to your new home, we have compiled this guide to help you get your bearings on arrival. To obtain more details about the city check out the websites listed at the end of this profile.


Adelaide, the state capital of South Australia has a population of 1,160,000 which is roughly 3/4 of the state's total population. It is Australia's fifth largest city.


Adelaide is a spacious, coastal city with hills twenty minutes to the east and white sandy beaches twenty minutes to the west. It is situated near the middle of the curving eastern side of Gulf St. Vincent upon a fertile plain which rises gently from the coast to a curving line of hills located about 15km inland.


The climate is distinctly Mediterranean. The nearby Southern Ocean ensures hot, dry summers and cool, mild winters. Although spring brings the most rain to the area, South Australia receives less rainfall in comparison to other Australian states.


Adelaide offers a wide range of housing options that can satisfy all tastes and meet all budgets. The housing mix contains heritage and contemporary properties ranging from quaint 19th Century cottages to terrace houses, villas and free standing mansions besides contemporary flats, townhouses and warehouse apartments.


The economy of Adelaide is largely based on manufacturing, wholesale and retail, and community service. Unique to Adelaide is the wine producing industry. The city has grown a reputation as a reliable exporter of quality niche products for markets all over the world and many multinational companies have recognized the advantages of locating their Asia Pacific or Australian operations in Adelaide.

Local Transport

Adelaide is a quick and easy place to get around, with bus and train services connecting all parts of the city and suburbs. It is possible to reach almost any point of the metropolitan area within 20 minutes. Adelaide Metro is the city's transport system servicing the greater metropolitan region with trains and buses including the Glenelg tram. There are also free buses which cover the Central Business District. The international airport is 8km west of the city centre.


Rundle Mall is the shopping heart of the City of Adelaide and was created in September 1976 as Australia's first street mall. It is regarded as the most competitive shopping precinct in Australia. Many unique and exclusive stores are located within the precinct providing a great range of exciting merchandise.

Dining Out

Adelaide has more restaurants per person than any other city in Australia and is also the wine capital of the country with six out of the 10 top ten Australian wines being made within a few hours drive of the city. Adelaide's cafe culture has grown markedly in the last few years with a wonderful mix of cuisines available.

Performing Arts

Every two years, the Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Festival Fringe bring the City a worldclass extravaganza of cultural delights - these and other festivals dotted throughout the year give Adelaide its title as the "Festival City".

Lifestyle and Outdoor Recreation

Adelaide is often referred to as a 'city within a park' as it contains 29 parks, an amazing 45 per cent of the city area. Beyond the inner city, the suburbs of Adelaide also enjoy the luxury of being near nature, with many fine examples of natural bushland successfully rubbing shoulders with residential areas. By the sea, in the foothills, along rivers, these important natural spaces provide a wide range of activities and facilities.


The city has three universities and a number of TAFE's and private institutions offering tertiary education to local and international students.

Adelaide on the Net

Adelaide City Council

South Australian Tourism Commission


Average maximum temperature in Summer

Average maximum temperature in Winter

Bright sunshine hours per year

Mean annual rainfall

28 Degrees Celsius

15 Degrees Celsius




Adelaide operates on Central Standard Time which is 9 and a half hours ahead of GMT.



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