Moving to Australia

Living In Adelaide

It’s easy to see why The Economist ranked Adelaide as the world’s fifth most liveable city in 2017. You’ll be hard-pressed finding a box on your Aussie city wish list that it doesn’t tick. Great beaches? Check. Delicious wine and food? Check. Awesome music? Check. Nice and clean with low pollution levels? Check. Affordable? Check. Here’s a deeper look at what makes this place so appealing for residents and visitors alike.

Facts And Figures

  • Population: 1.3 million
  • Average age of residents: 38.6
  • Average net monthly salary: $3,941
  • Top 5 overseas-born populations: United Kingdom, Italy, India, China and Vietnam

The Weather

  • Climate: Mediterranean with warm, dry summers and cool, rainy winters
  • Average temperature: 12.3-22.4°C (54-72°F)
  • Annual rainfall: 544mm
  • Find out more about Australian weather

Cost of living

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Adelaide is a very affordable place to live in comparison to many other Australian cities, particularly when it comes to the housing market, whether you’re looking at buying or renting. Great news for the hip pocket!

  • Median house price: $452,000
  • Monthly rent on a 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre: $1,423
  • One-way ticket on public transport: $5.00
  • 1 litre of milk: $1.48
  • Loaf of bread: $2.55
  • 1kg of apples: $4.00


Adelaide is home to a reasonable city-wide public transport system known as the Metro, which consists of railways, busways and trams. Visit for detailed information on Adelaide public transport.

Find out more about Australian public transport in general.

Attractions & Sights

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You’ll be surrounded by sand and surf in Adelaide thanks to its prime coastal location. Check out these four gems just to start with:

  • Glenelg is easy to get to from the city and ideal for families
  • Brighton has a relaxed vibe with cafes aplenty
  • Henley is picturesque with the best high-end restaurant options
  • Semaphore is steeped in Art Deco history, perfect for some sightseeing after your dip


Music lovers will adore Adelaide’s local scene. In fact it’s been officially recognised as a ‘City of Music’ by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Some of the most well-known acts to come out of Adelaide over the years are The Angels, Cold Chisel, The Superjesus, Wolf & Cub, The Audreys, I Killed the Prom Queen, Double Dragon, Hilltop Hoods, Sia, Orianthi, Guy Sebastian and Wes Carr. That’s quite a list!

Head to the CBD to see up-and-coming live acts at venues like Grace Emily, Fowlers Live, Jive, Casablabla, The Ed Castle, Jack Ruby, Fat Controller and The Jade Monkey.

Adelaide’s pubs are also a great place to catch a relaxed gig:

  • The University of Adelaide’s UniBar
  • The Lion Hotel and The Royal Oak Hotel in North Adelaide
  • The Hotel Metropolitan and The Duke of York in the West End
  • The Austral, The Exeter Hotel, The Producers Bar and The Elephant in the East End

WOMADelaide is a music and arts festival praised for its unique and culturally diverse line-up, held every year in the city’s Botanic Park. Plus Adelaide has hosted some of Australia’s best touring music festivals, like Big Day Out, Creamfields, Future Music, Laneway, Parklife, Soundwave, Stereosonic and Summadayze.

For a more traditional music experience, check out:


If you consider yourself something of a wine buff, you’ll be in heaven in Adelaide, with incredible weekend wine adventures waiting on your doorstep.

The iconic Adelaide Hills wine region is just half an hour east of the city. It produces excellent white wines in particular, especially Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Red wine aficionados may prefer the Barossa Valley, about an hour’s drive north-east of the city. Here you’ll find some of the world’s best Shiraz including the famous Penfolds Grange, as well as other varieties like Riesling, Semillon, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Prepare by brushing up on your wine knowledge during the week at the National Wine Centre, a public winemaking exhibition with tastings on offer.

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The arts

Feeling artsy? Make a beeline for North Terrace boulevard, where you’ll find:

Venture to the city’s East End nearby for:

Other top arty picks include:

German culture

German culture is alive and well around Adelaide. The first immigrants from Germany arrived in 1838, bringing vine cuttings with them that they used to start up many of the acclaimed wineries of the Barossa Valley.

Schützenfest celebrates this rich heritage at the German Club in January every year with a traditional shooting competition, music, dancing and of course yummy German food and beer – Prost!


There’s no shortage of festivals and events in Adelaide. Add these top picks to your calendar pronto:

Read about even more fun things to do in Adelaide.

Read about things to do in Adelaide at night.

Negatives To Consider

While there are certainly many positives to living in Adelaide, consider the cooler weather, less-than-perfect public transport and any potential difficulties finding work before you make a decision on your new home in Australia.

Decided To Move To Adelaide?

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Congratulations! You’ll need to get the essentials sorted before you leave or soon after you arrive. Here are some tips on setting up the basics you’ll need to start your new life.


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