About Adelaide

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, was founded in 1836. The city centre has a grid of wide streets and various squares all within 1 square mile. This centre is surrounded by a green belt of 930 hectares of parkland. The main street, King William Street, runs from north to south through Victoria Square at the heart of the city.

The Torrens River runs through the centre, separating Adelaide and North Adelaide. The city is surrounded by diverse landscapes, including the Mount Lofty Ranges (Adelaide Hills) and coastal beaches.

Adelaide, is well known for its art and theatre, claiming one of the best arts festivals in the world.
The climate is Mediterranean – with hot, dry summers and cool, mild winters. The average winter temperature is around 15C; average for summer is 29C.
Adelaide is roughly a linear city which is 20 km wide from the coast to the foothills, and stretches 90 km North to South from Gawler at its northern extent to Sellicks Beach in the south.
Adelaide is close to the sea, with Semaphore and Port Adelaide to the north, Henley Beach and West Beach to the east, Glenelg and Brighton to the south. The beachfront in the heart of seaside Glenelg is only 20 minutes from the city centre and 10 minutes from the domestic and international airports.
Most of Australia’s wine is produced in South Australia. The Barossa Valley is 40 kilometres long and between 5-11 kilometres wide and is a popular tourist destination. The Barossa Vintage Festival is an annual event, attracting visitors from around the world.
Many have described Adelaide as a great place to live and raise a family and recent surveys have described Adelaide as being amongst some of the best places in the world to live.


Panoramic view looking south over the Adelaide Parklands to the square mile central business district.

Adelaide Convention Centre, situated next to the River Torrens

Adelaide Map