The City of Adelaide

South Australia’s vibrant capital city.

Adelaide—with our University at its beating heart—is consistently voted one of the world’s most liveable and affordable cities*.

Despite being home to a growing population of 1.3 million, it’s blessed with an abundance of green spaces and minimal traffic congestion, making travel—including walking and cycling—safe, pleasant and easy. And it’s home to a huge variety of cafes, restaurants, entertainment options and festivals. During February and March, for example, the city hosts world-renowned cultural events the Adelaide Fringe Adelaide Festival  and WOMADelaide .

South Australia  is also globally renowned for its premium wine regions, such as the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra, beautiful sandy beaches, stunning and geologically significant Flinders Ranges, and the iconic Australian Outback.

Facts and figures

  • Most liveable city in Australia (2020 IPSOS)
  • 1.3 million people
  • No. 5 Most liveable city in the world 2012-2016 (Economist Intelligence Unit)
  • No. 27 Most liveable city in the world (2016 Mercer Index)

* In 2018, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Adelaide the world’s 10th most liveable city. This followed seven years ranked in the world’s top five.