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Welcome to Adelaide

Originally called Tarntanya (red kangaroo place) by the Kaurna people, the original custodians of the land, Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and was first settled by European free-settlers in 1836.

Surveyor Colonel William Light was charged with designing a city. The result was a city within a park - still the world’s only city in a park today. It was a city truly designed for life – set against the banks of the River Torrens, with wide, sweeping boulevards in a grid format, surrounded by 900 hectares of lush, green parks, known as the Park Lands

As Adelaide has grown into a thriving, charismatic city of approximately 1.3 million people, Light’s Vision continues today. It’s no wonder then, that Adelaide is consistently voted as one of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world by the Economist.


You’ll enjoy a pleasant Mediterranean-like climate with four distinct seasons.

Summer (December, January and February). We love our long hot summers. The dress code is casual and the beach becomes a home away from home, especially on balmy nights when the sun sets after 8:30 pm thanks to daylight savings. 

Autumn (March, April and May). With its mild days and breezy nights, autumn is the perfect time for the many festivals held in the city.

Winter (June, July and August). Winter is cool, and our wet weather season. It can drop down to 6°C overnight, so best to pack a jacket and umbrella, just in case.

Spring (September, October and November). Ah, spring! Glorious mild days and the fragrance of fresh blooms in the air. Do check the weather forecast for rain if you are planning a picnic in the park.

The amiable weather means you can get out and embrace all the city has to offer - all year round!

View Adelaide's seasonal guides

Staying connected

While in Adelaide, you can keep in touch with friends and family using AdelaideFree – a free wireless internet network in outdoor areas across the city centre and North Adelaide. The city WiFi network is jointly funded by City of Adelaide, the Government of South Australia and Internode. Look out for the AdelaideFree network when scanning for WiFi in the city.

Many cafes and restaurants also offer free WiFi to paying customers. Just ask for the password when you place your order.

Alternatively, the City of Adelaide's libraries offer access to a computer connected to the internet for use.

Don’t forget to tag #MyAdelaide and @CityofAdelaide on Facebook or Instagram so we can say hello!

Be ready to party

Adelaide has its share of globally-renowned events for you to enjoy.

The Adelaide Fringe, held in February is the second largest Fringe Festival, and highest ticket selling multi-arts festival in Australia. Children of all ages love our Christmas Pageant. It’s the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere! Music lovers revel in our biennial Adelaide Guitar Festival. Aside from our huge program of major events, there’s always something happening in the city. Check out our What’s On calendar to discover the best of Adelaide events.

Local food and wine

Fresh local produce, fantastic food and wine are at the heart of Adelaide culture.

South Australia accounts for 60 per cent of Australia’s total wine exports so you are bound to come across some impressive wine lists whilst dining in the city.

The Adelaide Central Market has been Adelaide’s home of fresh produce and culinary delights for over 150 years. It’s the perfect place to meet and grab a bite to eat while shopping. Impress your friends with gifts from iconic brands like Haigh’s Chocolates, Charlesworth Nuts and Coopers Brewery.

Public toilets

You're never far from a toilet when you're out and about in the city. 

The National Public Toilet Map provides a detailed guide to where to find toilets, when they are open and which facilities you can find at each. The toilets throughout the city offer a variety of accessible features and select locations offer baby changing facilities. 

You can also find Public Toilets in the Park Lands.