Adelaide, cocooned in swathes of English Country Garden-inspired parkland, is a picturesque city woven from expansive boulevards, public squares and generous residential plots. South Australia’s capital celebrates the arts, festivals and sport with a gusto that has earned it the title ‘most liveable city’ from the Australian Property Council, two years running (in 2011 and 2012).
The city prides itself on being Australia’s only ‘free settlement’ (in other words it was never a penal colony). Land deeds in Adelaide were sold to the wealthy rather than freely granted, as a means of precluding criminals - and by extension, crime - in the city. Paradoxically, Edward Gibbon Wakefield (the city’s founder) conceived the idea during his own incarceration for attempted abduction of an heiress!
Until 2004, the city was the seat of media magnate Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. It is still headquarters to Australia’s largest oil company, Santos, as well as Australia’s leading brewery, Coopers Lager. The city is also home to 40% of Australia’s high tech companies and roughly 70% of defense companies, and almost half the cars produced in Australia are manufactured at the city’s General Motors Holden plant.
Adelaide city promotes itself as an educational hub; its universities now welcome around 23,000 international students. Its primary and secondary education systems are outstanding, and the city boasts the highest number of International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in the country.
The city’s idyllic urban landscape and parklands spill onto 30 kilometers of white sandy beach that skims the Gulf of St Vincent. Cleaved in two by the River Torrens, this green, lush city offers bountiful activities within a serene setting. Its cultural calendar is filled to bursting, ensuring that there is never a dull moment, whatever the weather.