10 Reasons to love living in Adelaide
A little off the beaten track but scenically and socially wonderful, Adelaide is one of Australia’s most underrated capital cities. There’s lots to love about life in this sunny South Australian capital.
1. The cost of living is way lower in Adelaide
Adelaide is about the cheapest Australian capital city you could live in. Rental prices, public transport and entertainment are up to 33% cheaper than Sydney, for example.
2. Adelaide’s entertainment will have you buzzing with options
Bars and restaurants abound in Adelaide and your social life will flourish day and night. Adelaide’s West End is the place to go was named one of the coolest neighbourhoods by Lonely Planet.
3. Get free public transport in the city
Getting around Adelaide is easy and cheap, and even free. Many train, tram and city bus routes in the inner CBD are free. Check out the free metro map for free and special transport. Plus, it’s a cycle friendly city with ample cycle lanes for getting around safely.
4. Lots to do outdoors in Adelaide
Hiking, cycling, a boat cruise on the river… there’s plenty to enjoy outdoors. Famous Australian wine regions are just a short drive from the city and Kangaroo Island is a hop on a boat away. If you enjoy nature, eyeballing emus, kangaroos, parrots and even breaching whales will be on your tick list.
5. Adelaide is Australia’s festival capital
6. You get 2500 hours of glorious sunshine in Adelaide
The South Australian climate is semi-Mediterranean with warm summers and cool, snowless winters. Temperatures in Adelaide average 25-35°C in Summer and 10-15°C in winter. How pleasant is that – you get loads of tan time and a bit of snuggle time!
7. Sports mad in Adelaide
Even by Aussie standards, the people of Adelaide are mad about sports. From Aussie Rules Footy to cricket, pro-tour cycling, basketball, soccer and horse racing to name a few. Did we mention all that sunshine? Well, Adelaide also has some of the loveliest beaches to enjoy surfing.
8. The Adelaide art and culture scene
There are some fascinating spots you’ll want to visit in Adelaide. The Art Gallery of South Australia is impressive, and the Australian Space Discovery Centre is a family-friendly day out. One close to your heart will surely be the Migration Museum, which gives an insight into the history and making of South Australia through real-life stories of people and communities.
9. Work-life balance and a laid-back lifestyle
The South Australian lifestyle is pretty laid back and work-life balance is real, not just a vague promise. Plus, South Australia has more public holidays than Ireland or the UK. There are nine in total, and additional territorial and regional holidays given by employment or award contracts. For example, many employees are allowed time off for Adelaide Cup Day, Labour Day and the Queen’s Birthday.
10. Thriving economy and employment opportunities
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