Adelaide is located in South Australia and known to be its capital. It is the fifth largest city in the continent and has an estimated population of 1.2 million. Locals are called “Adelaidean”, as used as a reference.
The geographic location is north of Fleurieu Peninsula; it is in between Gulf St Vincent and Adelaide Plains.
The climate in Adelaide is Mediterranean, wherein in the winter months the season would be rainfall. But among all the cities in Australia they are known to be the driest.
Month Dec Mar Jun Sep
Max Temp 26.8 41.1 25.4 34.3
Min Temp 8.0 7.2 -0.4 2.6
Rainfall Total mm 30.1 26.5 79.9 59.4
Rain Days 4.4 3.5 11.3 9.0
Buying a Home
Most of the lands that surround Adelaide are farmlands and based from records that through the decade 2001 up until 2010 the price of the median houses in Metropolitan Adelaide has tripled. As for comparison of the rates in 2001 and 2011 as follows:
March 2009 2001 2011
Median 350,000 400,000 400,000
% change -- 14% 0%
Since the constant increase real estate market in 2001, there has been a steady growth over the years and maintained the number from 2010 to 2011. This is mainly because of the quality of living in Adelaide. Truth be told, Adelaide ranked in the top 25 cities worldwide. Compared to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, property in Adelaide are much more inexpensive. Because the properties cost less in Adelaide, it is great for people who wish to settle down and buy a home. This is particularly great for people who wish to invest on properties as well.
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Mount Osmond Interchange on the South Eastern Freeway
Since Adelaide is located centrally in the mainland of Australia, their forms of transportation have some strategic way to travel from east to west and north to south routes. In the main city there is a public transport system which is known to be Adelaide Metro, to which the public transports that it offers are contracted buses such as O-Bahn Busway, Metropolitan Railways and the Adelaide-Glenelg Tram.
For road transports, Adelaide are historically known to be “20-minute city”, since this considered to be the travel time for the commuters. But due to the increasing population and increasing vehicles on the road, traveling time may be a bit longer due to traffic congestion.
The Southern Eastern Freeway is the only freeway that Adelaide has to which it connects Adelaide Hills to the city, however they have three expressways which are Port River Expressway to which it connects the Port Adelaide and Outer Harbor; the seconds is the Southern Expressway to which there is an interchangeable one way road that connects the southern suburbs; and that third is the Northern Expressway, which was only constructed last 2008 that connects that Gawler Bypass to Port Wakefield road.
Adelaide and Parafield are the two commercial airports in Adelaide. The Adelaide Airport is in the western suburbs that can accommodate 3,000 passengers hourly and 6.3 million passengers annually. This airport can cater as well airbuses such as Airbus A380 and it can even accommodate 27 aircrafts simultaneously. The Adelaide
Airport was even awarded by the Airports Council International (ACI) 2006 in Dubai to be the World’s Second Best Airport in the 5-15 million passengers category.The Parafield Airport is used for small aircrafts, training for pilots and spare time aviation activities.
Education plays an important role in the economy of the city. The Australian Government and institutions are even planning to point Adelaide to be as a Australia’s Education Hub. Statistics shows that the international students have also increased tremendously compared to the past years.
Primary and Secondary Education
There are two systems of school education: the public system and the private system. The Southern Australian Government is the one operating the public system; on the other hand the private system is independent and some are Catholic schools.
Even though there are two systems all schools are beneath the Southern Australian Certificate Education (SACE) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) for international schools.
In Adelaide they offer the Southern Australian TAFE (Technical and Further Education) to which is provides education such as vocational and training.
Aside from that there are three public foreign universities namely: The Flinders University of South Australia with 16,237 students that is located in the southern suburb of Bedford Park and it is near Flinders Medical Centre; the University of Adelaide that has 20,478 students and considered to be the 3rd oldest university in Australia; and the University of Southern Australia with 36,000 students and has two North Terrace campuses.
Adelaide is has a population of more than 1,105,839; to which it made to be Australia’s 5th largest population based on the Census for 2006.The suburbs like Mawson Lakes and Golden Grove are the areas that have a major population growth.
In 1840, the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) was founded and it is the first hospital in Adelaide. Aside from providing health care to the people it is also a teaching hospital of the University of Adelaide. Royal Adelaide Hospital has a bed capacity of 750.
There are other facilities that offer specific services to the patients such as the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre in Northfield and the Glenside Campus Mental Health Service.
There are still four other large hospitals in Adelaide like the Women’s and Children’s Hospital that has a bed capacity of 305 beds; Queen Elizabeth Hospital with 340 beds; Flinders Medical Centre with 580 beds; Lyell McEwin Hospital that have 198 beds.
The Art gallary of South Australia
The main sport that is being played is the Australian rules football, soccer, netball and basketball. As the matter of fact the AAMI Stadium and the Adelaide Oval are the two large sporting venues.
Collins Class Submarine
Health care and social assistance are the largest employment in Adelaide, as the matter of fact it represents about 13% of the average annual employment.
The second largest employer is the retail trade in the year 2009-2010, to which it offered 91,900 jobs and 12% workforce.
Things to Do
Rundle Mall photo courtesy of the South Australian Tourism Commission
Adelaide’s major shopping centre is Rundle Mall and is one of the most competitive shopping areas in Australia. It stretches between King William St and Pulteney St and is well serviced by buses. It is open 7 days a week. There are many shops selling a variety of goods from food to fashion, books, souvenirs or crafts. As Adelaide is the centre of the world’s opal industry there are many beautiful opals on offer.
You can buy fresh flowers, fresh fruit and veges in shops and stalls and there are numerous juice bars. There are fast food outlets and department stores. There are a number of banks that have ATM’s in Rundle Mall as well.
All suburbs are close to major shops and supermarkets that are open extended hours.
Within easy distance from the city is the Adelaide Zoo, great for a day out with the family. The Adelaide Botanic Gardens was established in1855 and houses the Bicentennial Conservatory, which is the largest glasshouse in the southern hemisphere and the State Herbarium. There is the Tandanya National Aboriginal Culture Centre and if you are in the mood for gambling a visit to the Adelaide Casino is the way to go.
Around the suburbs you can find the South Australian Maritime Museum, Port Dock Station Railway Museum and 14 km north west of the city is Fort Glanville, a collection of buildings which remind us of our colonial past.
St Kilda Mangrove Trail is a free adventure playground for children and adults and the 10 km trip down to Glenelg is a great place to cool off on a hot summer’s day.
At Mount Thebarton you can ice skate all year at the indoor ice arena and there is always something new to see at the “Investigator Science and Technology Centre.
Further A Field
Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake with old pumping station in foreground
Victor Harbour is 80 south of Adelaide and has panoramic views of the rugged granite landmark bluff and the Granite Island. On the way there be sure to visit Melba’s Chocolate Factory. Yum!
The Barossa Valley is known for quality wines which are produced there and exported. The vineyards are open to the public for inspection, wine tasting and cellar door sales.
Gorge Wildlife Park houses monkeys, giant fruit bats, kangaroos, dingoes and hundreds of other animals. Get up close and personal feeding roos and holding koala.
Hahndorf is a historic German village in the Adelaide Hills. Go on a tour and see the quaint buildings.
The Blue Lake is the star attraction in Mount Gambier. Each November the water in the lake which lies in the crater of an extinct volcano, changes from a dull grey to a deep blue and remains as such for many months. The world famous Coonawarra Wine Region is an easy half hour drive away. Not far away from Mount Gambier is the world heritage listed Naracoorte Caves. 30 separate caves house these world renowned fossils. Naracoorte is approx 330 kms south east of Adelaide and 400 km west of Melbourne. For the more adventurous you can visit the Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound or Coober Pedy.