Suburb Profile: Adelaide SA

August 15, 2021
Adelaide city suburb profile

The capital of South Australia, Adelaide has been voted one of the world’s most liveable cities on numerous occasions. And it’s easy to see why.

It’s full of art and culture, has beautiful beaches, a thriving food and small bar scene, and world-class wineries on its doorstep.

The picturesque coastal capital has been quietly growing in popularity for years and its housing market is growing at equal pace. In fact, it has recently been tipped to lead the nation’s house price growth.

According to a recent NAB Residential Property Survey, prices in Adelaide are expected to increase by 1.7 per cent in 2019, sharing the equal highest forecast growth with Hobart.

Thinking of buying, renting or investing in Adelaide City yourself? Here’s what you need to know.

Top things to do in Adelaide

  1. Adelaide Fringe Festival

The Adelaide Fringe Festival is the second largest annual arts festival in the world, and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Running each year for 31 days over February and March, over 5000 artists participate in the event, popping up all over Adelaide whether it be in a tent, pub, alleyway, theatre, cafe or laundromat.

Adelaide Fringe Festival

The festival showcases contemporary art in many forms including cabaret, circus, comedy, dance, film, theatre, music, puppetry, magic and interactive art. As such, Adelaide is positively bursting with creativity as this time of year and is a spectacle not to be missed.

  1. Enjoy the thriving foodie scene

Get your eating pants ready – you’ll need them in Adelaide with so many impressive and exciting eateries on offer.

Adelaide is renowned for its foodie scene so whether you’re into cafes, street eats, fine dining or markets, you’re not going to be disappointed.  

A must-visit is Adelaide Central Market. Open Tuesday through to Saturday, this lively market has over 80 produce stalls offering up locally produced fruit, vegetables, meats, seafood, bread, coffee, juices and sweet treats. It’s a great way to check out the local produce in this city. Be sure to go in there ready hungry!

  1. Explore the Adelaide Hills Wineries
Adelaide vineyards

Just a twenty-minute drive from the centre of Adelaide you will find a host of world class wineries in the Adelaide Hills wine region.

There are over 80 wineries to explore in the region. Some local favourites include K1 by Geoff Hardy, Bird In Hand and Howard Vineyard.

  1. Stroll through the North Terrace

This is Adelaide’s cultural hub, home to some of the city’s most impressive buildings. You will find an art gallery, museums, the state library, war memorials, the botanic gardens, Mortlock Library and Parliament House.

Mortlock library Adelaide

Quick stats

  • Postcode– 5000
  • Median house value– $649,965
  • Median unit value– $423,172
  • Price growth – House prices in Adelaide have grown by 14.14 per cent in the past three years while unit prices have increased by 0.07 per cent in the same period
  • Rental returns– The average house has a weekly median rent of $420 and average rental returns of 3.81 per cent, while units have a median weekly rent of $420 and average returns of 5.63 per cent
  • Average listing duration– 98 days for houses; 168 days for units
  • Average weekly income– $841
Average weekly income Adelaide
  • Dwelling type– The majority of properties are units (52 per cent)
Dwelling type Adelaide
  • Occupation– The majority of residents are professionals
  • Ownership– The majority of properties are rented (65 per cent) while 15 per cent are fully owned
Home ownership Adelaide
  • Birthplace– 42 per cent of Adelaide residents are Australian
  • Age – The majority of residents are aged 20-29 years (41 per cent) followed by those in the 50-64 age group (14 per cent)
Age range Adelaide

Learn more about Adelaide City stats and figures.

Places to eat in Adelaide

Where to start?

While there are quality eateries Adelaide over, you can’t go wrong if you head to the city’s East End and the Peel Street/ Leigh Street Precinct, which have some of Adelaide’s best restaurants.

Some top picks include:

The quirky and unique Africola is located on East Terrace. Despite a small shop front, the fun African eatery offers a western soundtrack, African vegetables, grilled and smoked meats, flatbreads, pickles and natural wine as part of a seasonal menu.

Africola Adelaide

Orana is set in an intimate space and offers a menu inspired by Australia’s land, history, produce and people. The restaurant is named after the word meaning ‘welcome’ in some Aboriginal languages and this nod to Australia’s indigenous culture filters through the restaurant and menu.

Sean’s Kitchen – this New York inspired brasserie is a standout. In a truly contemporary setting, this unique eatery makes the most of local produce and has an extensive wine list to match.

Sean's Kitchen Adelaide

Chianti Restaurant offers an elegant Italian dining experience in the friendly warmth of a classic Italian family trattoria. The seasonal menu offers up exquisitely presented and thoughtful food.

Transport in Adelaide

Adelaide Metro is the city’s public transport system and offers extensive busses, trams and trains throughout the city. There are also a few free services on offer as well as taxis, and there is an airport relatively close to the city.

Hospitals and healthcare in Adelaide

Adelaide city is home to the Calvary Wakefield Hospital, Parkwynd Private Hospital, Adelaide Day Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital, St Andrews Hospital, several medical centres and GP clinics. There are also services for chiro, physio, optical, dental and more.

Education and childcare in Adelaide

In Adelaide city you will find The University of Adelaide, The University of South Australia City West Campus, TAFE SA, Adelaide High School, St Mary’s College and an international school as well as community, grammar, junior and pre schools. There are also plenty of options for childcare.

Shopping in Adelaide

There are many options for shopping in Adelaide including the pedestrian street mall, Rundle Mall. This has a large variety of stores including Target, Woolworths, Rebel, Country Road, The Myer Centre, Tiffany & Co and RM Williams, just to name a few.

Rundle Mall Adelaide

There are several other options for shopping including Adelaide Central Plaza, Regent Arcade, Adelaide Arcade and Rundle Place. In addition, there are many different markets throughout the week and month including the Gilles Street Market and Flinders Street Market.

Sports and recreation in Adelaide

Head down to the River Torrens for a stroll, run or cycle, or head into one of the many open green spaces including the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Botanic Gardens Adelaide

There are all sorts of clubs to join and sports to take part in including netball, athletics, tennis, football clubs, an aquatic centre, gyms, and several sports clubs including university sports clubs.

Entertainment in Adelaide

You surely won’t get bored in Adelaide, with plenty to do entertainment wise. There is a casino, the Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Oval (for sports as well as concerts, and also a tour of the grounds), museums, Adelaide Zoo, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Piccadilly Cinemas, the Moonlight cinema and other cinemas, nightclubs and live music venues. Adelaide also has a fantastic small bar scene. Some popular and unique spots worth checking out include Clever Little Taylor, Hains & Co and Maybe Mae.

Hains and Co Adelaide

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