South Australia: Adelaide

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Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and has a population of 1.1 million people. The city was founded in 1836 and is the fifth largest city in Australia and the only capital not founded by convicts.

It is affectionately known as the ‘City of Churches’ due to its abundance of churches located in and around the city centre.  Adelaide’s Mediterranean climate guarantees plenty of interest from people seeking to build a new life in Australia. Combine Adelaide’s superb climate with the lowest house prices of any Australian major state capital and you discover a proposition that is increasingly attractive to migrants seeking to improve their lifestyles.

Today Adelaide is known for its many festivals and sporting events, food, wine and culture, its long beachfronts and its large defence and manufacturing sectors. It continues to rank highly as a liveable city, being in the Top 10 in The Economist’s World’s most liveable cities index.



Of the 62.3% of full time employed people in South Australia, 15% each are made up within the retail trade and manufacturing industries with only 11% being employed in business services.

To find employment in Adelaide as well as job hunting advice and agencies for this area, visit

Alternatively, you can search for jobs at the following websites:




Adelaide has a wide range of educational and training facilities for all ages. All children between the ages of 6 and 15 must attend school in South Australia. State schools provide free tuition where private schools are on a fee base.

There are several universities in Adelaide, TAFE colleges offering technical and vocational training and private training institutions.


To see a comprehensive list of the education facilities available in Adelaide, please visit where you will find an array of links for each type of institution including lists of all individual schools.



The cost of housing in Adelaide is some of the lowest in Australia and whether you prefer rural or coastal, there is something here that is sure to please. The Adelaide Hills provide tranquil rural settings or down to cosmopolitan Glenelg and Brighton areas along the coast where life has a faster pace.


Adelaide house prices have remained steady as the national property market shows signs of decline, with the purchase of a unit being around the $200K to $250K mark in some suburbs however luxury apartments close to the CBD can rent for over $500 per week.

To investigate further the cost of purchasing or renting in Adelaide or surrounding suburbs, please visit:




The Health care in South Australia has an exceptional reputation which appeals to the many families that make Adelaide their home. The Government website for health in South Australia provides you with a lot of great information – Another important website to look at is as this website details the information you need to know if you need to organise cover to ensure you are covered.

Recent migrants are generally eligible for Medicare benefits, which provide help with basic medical expenses including free public hospital care, help with the cost of out-of-hospital care and subsidised medicines. You may be eligible to join Medicare and gain immediate access to health care services and programs. To register, you need to visit a Medicare office within 7 – 10 days of arriving in Australia with your passport and travel documents. (The Department of Immigration and Citizenship website provides more information on Medicare registration) Medicare does not provide for all health services – you must pay for general health services such as dental care, optical care and ambulance services or take out private health insurance to cover these costs.


Most Visas will require applicants to obtain private health insurance before entering or shortly after entering Australia. There are many providers of this level of healthcare, with the larger ones available in South Australia being listed below:



The state authority for transport related topics such as licensing and registration is through Transport SA. You can visit their website at to learn more about the rules and regulations of driving in South Australia as it depends on which country you come from as to what the rules are in terms of driving with a foreign license or obtaining a SA license.

In terms of the public transport available in Adelaide, South Australia as a whole has an excellent reputation for an affordable and efficient public transport system including buses, trains, trams and planes with some routes being free.


For more information on the public transport options available in this city, please visit



The Adelaide metropolitan area is divided between 18 local government areas, including, at its centre, the City of Adelaide. The Local Government Association (LGA) is recognised as the peak representative body for local government in this state and prides itself on being the voice of Local Government South Australia. The Association provides leadership to councils and representation outwards of State and Federal governments and other key stakeholders.

For more information on the SA Government, visit which provides you with a wealth of information about what this government does for the state and community.



At Adelaide’s back door is the McLaren Vale Wine district, a beautiful part of the Fleurieu Peninsula tucked between the Mount Lofty Ranges and placid waters of Gulf St Vincent. This is one of the 40 wineries in this region, being only forty kilometres from the city centre, the area has been a wine producing district since the very early days of South Australian settlement.


Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary is another popular attraction, just 25 minutes from Adelaide, nestled in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Endangered species such as bettongs and potoroos inhabit the sanctuary which you can explore on foot at dawn, daytime, night time or even staying over-night.

The Art Gallery of South Australia which was officially opened in 1881 and boasts a collection of art that is divided into four areas: prints and drawings, Australian decorative arts, European and Asian decorative arts, painting and sculpture. Highlights of the collection include Australian art from the 18thcentury (with an emphasis on the art of South Australians) and European and British art from the 16th century to the present day.


There are an assortment of museums, gardens and other places of interest to visit while in Adelaide. For further information on attractions in Adelaide and surrounding suburbs, visit