Adelaide has had its fair share of critics. Most of them hail from towns that feature all-night traffic jams, where the price of milk is almost the same as a small car, and most of whom have never actually spent any length of time here.
If you want to know the truth about Adelaide (or RADelaide as its affectionately known), you need to ask a local. Enter, me…
Name of city: Adelaide
Location: Southern Australia
Population: around 1.2 million (approx 1/4 of Sydney’s population)
Climate: Temperate. Three months of cold weather (around 14 degrees Celsius in winter), 8 months of amazing weather (20s to low 30s) and one month of horrid dry weather (somewhere 38 degrees plus)
Features: lots of beaches, decent surfing, great fishing, the best wine regions in the world, fantastic festivals, amazing produce, fabulous cafes
Accolades: 1st – most liveable city in Australia (March 2013, Property Council of Australia )
5th – most liveable city in the world (August 2013,The Economist Intelligence Unit)
9th – best places to visit in the world (October 2013, Lonely Planet)
Yes, it may be relatively quiet, and we don’t have as many night spots and theme parks as some of the other cities around Australia, or 24 hours shopping for that matter, but when it comes down to it, Adelaide is full of the stuff of substance; great food, great people, great weather, great times and a great attitude to life.
Now don’t get me wrong here, people, I absolutely adore many places in Australia – some of my favourites are Hobart, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, The Margaret River region in WA, Melbourne, and many others – but I feel it is my job as a human citizen of this great dry desert we call South Australia to defend & uphold its beauty and its goodness. Would I live anywhere else? Sure – I’d probably live in any one of those places I just listed. But not for lack of affection and gratitude for where I already live.
Reasons I still choose Adelaide
1. It’s easy to get anywhere at any time of the day. Yes, even in peak hour!
2. The beaches are beautiful, clean, safe and close
3. There are wineries north and south of the city, less that an hour drive away, and they boast some of the best wines in the world
4. We have amazing places to get away, and I can be in some of my favourite South Australian holiday spots in an hour
5. Adelaide is multicultural, and we get to experience the tastes and cultures of many nations. We have a large contingent of Greek, Italian, Russian, African, Chinese, Indian and many other cultures represented here.
6. No one is in a hurry. (Well, mostly!). That difference is obvious when you travel to other larger cities in Australia. Adelaide just moves slower, like a Sunday drive.
7. The weather is mostly great, and almost always predictable.
8. Adelaide is known for being clean and green. There is a focus by government, business and the general population on being energy efficient, recycling, organic agriculture and all manner of green living. (FYI – -did you know Adelaide is the first place in Australia to introduce a deposit rebate scheme for soft drink bottles, and also the first to remove plastic shopping bags as standard practice for retailers! (The 2nd one we don’t always like, but we’re getting used to it!)
9. We’re not trying to be someone else. Lonely Planet calls Adelaide “Charming and effortless“, and I would have to agree. There’s no pretentiousness here. We are what we are, and what we are is authentic.
10. LOVE the farmers markets! Adelaide has some of the best farmers’ markets in Australia, including the Barossa Produce Market, The Adelaide Central Market, The Willunga Farmers Markets & Adelaide Farmers Market (my personal favourite!)
To end, may I quote a semi-famous DJ that recently said, “Don’t be a hater; be a congratulator”.
Congratulations, Adelaide. I love you for what you are.
PS Here’s one for the South Australians among you – 30 ways to Know You’re a South Australian