About Adelaide

With white sandy beaches, beautiful hills and enticing wine districts, Adelaide has the best of everything.

Factor in Adelaide’s weather, and it is no surprise that the New Yorker magazine once suggested Adelaide is “the last well-planned and contented metropolis on earth”.

Adelaide is regarded as the food and wine capital of Australia and has more restaurants per head than any other major Australian city. It is Australia's fifth largest city and the capital of South Australia.

Adelaide is the original land of the Indigenous Kaurna people and was established in 1836 as a British colony. The city is now home to 1.2 million people of all cultures and walks of life. It is a bustling multicultural city with cultural events on show.

Adelaide experiences hot dry summers (December to February) and cool winters (June to August). It is the driest capital in Australia and receives most of its rainfall in the winter months. Snow is rare; however some light fall may occur in parts of the Adelaide Hills.

The liveable city

In 2011, Adelaide was named most liveable city in Australia and placed eighth in The Economist's World's Most Livable Cities. Adelaide is known as being affordable and easy to get around.

Adelaide has good public transport systems and safe roads for driving and cycling. Our metropolitan campuses are in easy reach of the Adelaide CBD and take less than 30 minutes by transport.

The food, wine and festival capital of Australia

South Australia produces 50% of all Australian wine and is renowned for its National Wine Centre and numerous food and wine events. Adelaide is celebrated for its Central Market (the largest fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere), China Town and Gouger Street precinct.

South Australia is known as the festival state and attracts local, national and international participants alike. Adelaide hosts many year-round international and national events including the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Aboriginal Spirit Festival, WOMADelaide, Test cricket, Clipsal 500, and Santos Tour Down Under.

The city of attractions and entertainment

Adelaide’s major learning and cultural institutions sit in the heart of the city along North Terrace. Here you will find our City East and City West campuses, the South Australian Art Gallery, the State Library, and the South Australian Museum.

Close by is Tandanya, Australia’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi arts centre. There’s plenty to see and do in Adelaide. Located all over Adelaide are major department stores, shopping centres, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars.

The city of parklands

Adelaide is renowned for its ring of parklands around the city centre. Popular with locals and visitors, the parklands are heritage listed and acknowledge the traditional Indigenous Kaurna names and significances of each park.

City-goers and visitors also flock to the peaceful havens of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the River Torrens Linear Trail for walking, cycling and relaxation.

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    About regional South Australia

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    Adelaide’s affordability means you have more money to spend on food, accommodation and entertainment.

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