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City Spotlight: Moving to Adelaide, South Australia

City Spotlight: Moving to Adelaide, South Australia

Are you planning to move to Adelaide? We regularly feature city spotlights here on our blog and we have featured Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia  before, but since that was almost three years, ago, it is time to revisit what it’s like to live in Adelaide, South Australia.  As we mentioned, Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and it has a population over 1.3 million. This city has the most centralised population of any other state because more than 75 per cent of South Australians live in Adelaide. Adelaide is a planned city with five squares arranged in a grid with the Adelaide city centre in the middle with a ring of parks called the Adelaide Parklands. There is a great deal of variety with the beaches, the city, and the Adelaide Hills all nearby, residents can experience a lot of variety close to the city. Most of the homes in Adelaide are single-storey detached homes built on 1,000 square metre blocks with a wide variety of styles. Adelaide is considered a “20 minute city”, which means that you can reach any destination in the city from another destination within 20 minutes.

Adelaide City Montage Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Ashton 29 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Industry in Adelaide

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Adelaide Central Business District at night Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Ashton 29 –, CC BY-SA 2.0,

If you are moving to South Australia for work, changes are it is in the health care or social assistance industry, as that is the largest employment sector. Manufacturing is also a popular industry in the state. However, the wine region is ever-growing and becoming more and more important to South Australia’s economy. Tourism, defence technology, high tech electronic systems and research are also all big industries in South Australia.

Things to Do in Adelaide

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When you move to a city, you probably want to know what there will be to do in your spare time when living there. Adelaide has a great food and wine scene, so you will be able to find a lot of local farm to table food opportunities. The Adelaide Central Market offers more than 80 different shops include fresh produce and then there are the shops on Rundle Street. There is almost always something going on with the cultural scene in Adelaide, look for music and art celebrations happening regularly. It is known for having festivals and events all the time. When you want to get away from the city, the Adelaide Hills are a beautiful escape from city life and not far away from the CBD. The metropolitan beaches near Adelaide include the beaches on the Gulf St. Vincent, West Beach, Henley Beach, Glenelg Beach, and Semaphore Beach are all very near the city. In addition to those nearby metropolitan beaches, there are the York Peninsula beaches and Kangaroo Island.

Adelaide Climate

Adelaide Climate Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Adelaide has warm to hot dry summers and mild, short winters. Most of Adelaide’s precipitation falls in winter. The climate is a Mediterranean climate with average high temperatures in summer ranging from 25°C to 29°C . The average low temperatures in winter range from 7°C to 9°C.

Resource for Moving to Adelaide

Adelaide city centre over the Torrens Lake

A great resource for anyone moving to or migrating to Adelaide is the website It has a host of links and resources for anyone moving. There you can find anything from information on Australian Visas, moving your pets, relocation services, as well as information on apartments, caravan parks, hotels, motels, and short term rentals.

Hiring a Truck to Move to Adelaide

Adelaide Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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If you are moving within Adelaide, you can choose from one of the 3 Budget Trucks rental locations depending on which one is closest to your location. If you are migrating from elsewhere in Australia, you can always hire your commercial truck vehicle near your origination and then return the truck at one of the Adelaide moving truck rental locations. Moving truck locations in Adelaide include Adelaide City, and the Adelaide Airport. You can look for moving truck rental specials for one way moving deals to Adelaide from some of the other major cities in Australia.

For things to do when visiting Adelaide, see our travel tips blog:

The Beautiful City of Adelaide, South Australia

Things to Do in Adelaide, South Australia

Take a Cool Drive through the Adelaide Hills

Strangest Places to Visit in South Australia

Coober Pedy, South Australia

Best Places in Australia to Dive with Sharks

Hop on Over to Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Food Safari

A Getaway within a Getaway: Flinders Chase National Park

Visiting Barossa Valley

Bunda Cliffs

Murray River Region

The Coorong

Top 10 Nature Experience in Australia

The Southern Australian Loop Road Trip

The Arkaba Walk: A South Australian Walking Safari

Tasting Australia Event in Adelaide, South Australia

Tips for Moving to Tamworth, New South Wales or any City in Australia

These are some general moving tips and advice if you are moving to any city in Australia. The important thing is to plan ahead, get organised, and don’t wait for the last minute when you are moving.

  • Make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date. Obtain a visa if you are going to need one.
  • Get an international free email address so that you will be able to keep in touch. Checkout Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail.
  • Connect with a relocation agent to help you find a job and a place to live.
  • Start going through your clothing and other belongings to see what you can sell or giveaway before it’s time to pack.
  • If you are moving from another country, check the compatibility of your appliances. Australia uses voltage 220-240 volts.
  • Start to inventory the items you are taking and see if you have receipts for those items.
  • Start getting quotes for renting a moving truck or hiring a moving company and decide which one is best for you.
  • Ask about the cost marine insurance. This is based on the value of the things you are taking.
  • Take pictures of everything you are moving, especially the more expensive items to keep a record for insurance purposes.
  • Make a checklist and a calendar and stick to them.

Here are some other city spotlights we have covered for other cities in Australia:

City spotlights in Queensland: Brisbane, Toowoomba, Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Gladstone and Tannum Sands.

City spotlights in New South Wales: Sydney, Wollongong, Maitland, Newcastle, Tweed Heads,  Coffs Harbour, Wentworth, and the Twin Cities of Albury, New South Wales  and Wodonga, Victoria, Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie, and Tamworth.

City spotlights in Victoria: Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, and the Twin Cities of Albury, New South Wales and Wodonga, Victoria, Mildura Victoria, or Mooroopna or Shepparton, Victoria

City Spotlight: Canberra, ACT

City Spotlight: Perth, Western Australia, Bunbury, Western Australia

City Spotlight: Adelaide, South Australia

City Spotlight: Darwin, Northern Territory

City Spotlight Alice Spring, Northern Territory

City Spotlight: Hobart, Tasmania, City Spotlight Launceston, Tasmania

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