Adelaide Lifestyle

Adelaide – one of the world’s most liveable cities

An abundance of cultural and sporting options, fantastic food and wine, a sunny climate encouraging an alfresco lifestyle, affordable housing, low crime, less traffic and friendly people all combine to make Adelaide a great place to live. In fact, the Economist Intelligence Unit consistently ranks it as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Founded in 1836 and named after Queen Adelaide, the consort of King William IV, the city has a proud history of being at the forefront of social change and for fostering the arts.


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Beaches, gourmet food, wineries, festivals and sports

Adelaide is nestled between long white sandy beaches to the west and the Mount Lofty Ranges to the east. It’s home to many spectacular events and festivals including the Adelaide Festival, Womadelaide, Tour Down Under, Adelaide Fringe, Tasting Australia and the Clipsal 500 V8 car race. March is known locally as ‘Mad March’ because of its non-stop festivities. North Terrace is the cultural boulevard with the Museum, Art Gallery and State Library next to each other and the Festival Centre, National Wine Centre and Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute just a short stroll away. Adelaideis home to a vibrant restaurant scene and a bustling Central Market for fresh produce.The world-renowned Barossa Valley is only 90 minutes drive from the central business district (CBD), while the McLaren Vale wine region is even closer.


Adelaide’s climate

Adelaide has an average of 10 hours sunshine a day and its winters are mild.

Getting around

As Adelaide is quite flat, walking – especially in the CBD – is easy. There is a strong cycling community, plenty of taxis and public transport options include buses, trains and a tram that connects Glenelg to the CBD and then to the inner west.

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Things for kids

Adelaide is a city made for kids and their parents. Especially within the inner suburbs, there’s sure to be a park within walking distance of every home. Notable ones include Hazelwood Park, Bonython Park, Burnside Adventure Park, Semaphore One and St Kilda Adventure Playground. The city is also home to the Come Out Festival, the world’s largest arts festival for schools, kids and families.

Find plenty of information on what’s available at Kids Galaxy

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Adelaide house styles

Housing in Adelaide surprisingly affordable, especially compared with other Australian cities. Styles range from historic bluestone mansions to welcoming family homes and contemporary apartments.


Visitor Information Centre

The Adelaide Visitor Information Centre is located in the heart of Adelaide's shopping precinct, and offers assistance to local, interstate and overseas visitors.

The Centre is staffed by knowledgeable, enthusiastic volunteers who can assist you with directions, brochures, maps, event guides and holiday suggestions that will make your visit to Adelaide an enjoyable one.

Free wheelchair and pusher hire is available.


The centre is located near the corner of Rundle Mall & Pulteney Street.
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T: 1300 588 140


Central Market Information Booth

Whether you want to discover South Australian local specialties or locate an exotic ingredient, the Central Market offers a world of cuisines. The Central Market Information Booth aids shoppers and tourists with information and helps people experience the gastronomic culture of the Central Market.

Situated along the northern wall (Grote St side) of the Market near the lifts, the booth is staffed by Visitor Information Services volunteers.



For information on various tours around Adelaide, please visit the South Australian Tourism Commission website.