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      Personal experiences

      Hi

      Love to hear about people's personal experiences in Adelaide and surrounds. This is one of our States we're looking at. Obviously not too personal of course! Just looking for some insights, good and bad.

      Cheers!

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      Stayed at a beautiful place in Christies beach adelaide back in 2012. Tamara and Shaun on here....homes down under?....have a few lovely properties available to rent there.
      It had supermarkets, hairdressers, doctors, beaches, beautiful promenade, parks, city within 40 mins drive.....lively and quiet.....just lovely.
      We got out and about to zoos,wildlife park etc....wish we'd done more investigating around the city centre though as from what we heard upon return we'd missed out on a few things.in my opinion that specific area is a beautiful place.
      ''Don't bother searching for the light at the end of the tunnel.....march right up there and turn the b*stard thing on yourself.'' Sarah Millican

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      Thanks for your comment here also Jodipodi. Christies Beach is one of the places I've heard was good to visit. We don't need a rental, however, thanks for the information. If we choose here we'll look forward on exploring the city centre and wildlife areas.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Ozzie View Post
      Thanks for your comment here also Jodipodi. Christies Beach is one of the places I've heard was good to visit. We don't need a rental, however, thanks for the information. If we choose here we'll look forward on exploring the city centre and wildlife areas.
      No problem Ozzie....Tamara does short term rentals as well as long term....so if you were looking for a stop off til your find your feet then that's an option. We only went for a reccie/holiday and just stayed 4 weeks at boomerang house.
      Christies is beautiful though. Would go back in a heartbeat x
      ''Don't bother searching for the light at the end of the tunnel.....march right up there and turn the b*stard thing on yourself.'' Sarah Millican

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      We have lived here in Adelaide for about 12.5 years now, what would you like to know?

      Ok, it's a great place to live and bring up kids. Everything is within easy reach (if you don't base yourself too far out in any direction - still can't get why so many people move to what is really a large town and then go live an hour's drive away!) We live in one of the Northeastern suburbs and we are about 30 minutes from the Barossa, 30 minutes from the Adelaide Hills, 35 minutes to the beach, 15 minutes to the city. This weekend, my husband and I had a weekend in the Clare Valley wine region which is about 1.5 hours drive away. If you like wines, you are so spoilt here. There is also a growing craft beer industry and a couple of distilleries ... but I'm not an alcoholic, honest!

      Workwise, Adelaide is challenging. It is very much a 'who you know' type of place for work, and with Holden closing down in Australia for good in 2017, there has been, and will be, a lot of people who have lost their jobs if they are in any way associated with the motor industry. If you work in Hospitality though, there seems to be a growing and thriving restaurant and bar scene in the city. Many people say Adelaide is a bit of a backwater, and many young adults do head off elsewhere at the end of their education - but a lot come back when they have families of their own, so as I say, good for families. Maybe not so good for couples or singles without kids though.

      We have three universities and the city is buzzing on summer days - never more so than during one of our fabulous festivals in "Mad March" - the Fringe Festival with the Garden of Unearthly Delights on a hot summer evening is an experience truly made in Heaven! If you like your sports, there is lots of that on offer - both organised and independent, and the Adelaide Oval is a world class venue that hosts cricket, AFL and soccer through the year.

      House prices are still fairly sensible here (although rents seem high to me) but it costs a little more to go on holiday abroad from here as not as many airlines fly direct from Adelaide, which bugs me a little! I hate having to go via Melbourne or Sydney! Climate is generally hot and dry in the summer, cold in the winter - you will still need your gloves here and some sort of heating - as well as air conditioning - is a must. Good mix of nationalities - both European and Asian migrants have made Adelaide their home over the past years - bonus is great food choices! Power costs are high compared to elsewhere though, and our speeding (and other motoring) fines etc are about the highest in Australia I reckon! We have some great schools, to suit all budgets - and even some of the great private schools here are much cheaper than their equivalents interstate. You do still find with people you meet as an adult though, that where you went to school (if you grew up here) has a bit of weight in a conversation, which is a bit weird! Also I don't know how anyone manages to have an extra-marital affair in Adelaide as once you've been here a short while, you always bump into someone you know, wherever you go!

      It's not a "bright lights, big city" type of place - Adelaide's charms are more subtle and relaxed. You can go to somewhere like Morialta which is just ten minutes from the city, and feel like you are in the middle of a gorge in France - apart from the koalas and brightly coloured birds you will see!

      Don't know if this is the sort of thing you wanted to know, ask away if you wanted anything specific and not just ramblings!


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      Great post Diane.

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      What Diane said is pretty much spot on re Adelaide.

      My husband was one of those who was born and raised here, moved away for a few years after leaving uni and 8 years later returned with wife and child :) And he is very happy being back here and we, wife and child are very happy living here also.

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      Diane has nailed it..!! We've only been here for two yrs and have to say it's been the best 2 yrs ever. Adelaide is an amazing place to live and bring up young kids. We're fortunate to live in Brighton 100m from the beaches a short walk to Glenelg, 25mins on the train to the city, everywhere and everything is so accessible and all the people we've met so bloody friendly. Seems a shame we're off to Sydney in a few weeks! Adelaide is a special place, you won't regret moving here.


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      As my friend called it not long after they moved from Sydney....deadalaide!!!

      I personally liked it, small, quiet, the city centre is pretty much walkable with some really nice parks surrounding it. Still far cheaper than Melbourne or Sydney in terms of getting on the housing market. I believe the beaches are far better than what Melbourne has on its doorstep, without having to travel to far.

      If you have a family, I think it would be great while the kids are young. As they get older, I suspect they may want to move somewhere a little more busy, but you never know. 10 years or so down the line, Adelaide could also be a hustling and bustling city. People are being forced out of Sydney and Melbourne due to the high costs and Adelaide is a good destination chatting to some of my colleagues in the office.

      Depending on what you are your partner do for a living, I suspect you will find the job market not as buoyant as say Melbourne or Sydney. Seen a few posts on here and other forums, people relocating as the job market is tough.

      I like Diane's post which seems to capture a lot of personal experience.

      Not sure what city/town you are coming from in the UK, as it could be a culture shock for you or a blessing!

      Oh and another thing, either bring some thermal clothing or expect to stock up during winter time. :) Same can be said for pretty much the whole of SE Australia. My parents and friends still find this funny.
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      A lot of my colleagues call Adelaide 'Radelaide'

      Adelaide has some great positives as others have said: close to the beach, excellent public transport, close to the Barossa and Clare Valleys plus the Adelaide Hills region for wine and really amazing food, the people are genuinely really friendly, and no doubt it's a great environment to bring up young children because although it's a city, it's more like a country town which has grown a bit so it's quite sheltered and not too built up.

      Some criticisms from my own experience: it lacks the opportunity of the big 3 (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) in terms of jobs and in my opinion, lifestyle and things to do although some South Australians may argue me down on these points. It's just how I've felt when I have visited. I also believe the economy is going through a tough time as others have mentioned. I find Adelaide itself quite underwhelming.

      Overall, nice place and surrounds...depends what you are looking for.

      Good luck with your move.
      Australia grabs you, and it won't let go!

     

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