The jewel of South Australia sparkles with lush vineyards and gleaming sunshine. The Mediterranean coastal atmosphere makes it an infamous wine growing region and it is recognised as one of the nine global wine growing cities. Adelaide offers a relaxed pace of life against a sundrenched backdrop.
Adelaide’s Mediterranean climate offers hot dry summers and short, mild winters. Temperatures average 29 degrees in the summer and only fall as low as 15 degrees in the winter. It rarely rains in summer and infrequently in winter. Adelaide is known as being a windy city year round.
The Adelaide Metro website offers information about taking advantage of their bus, tram and train networks. Adelaide is a compact city accented with spacious parklands. This and the favourable climate make it a pleasant city for biking. Adelaide has a free bike hire programme. To participate in this it is necessary to provide a passport. A tram is also an option for short excursions within the inner city. Scenic South Australia is a beautiful place for weekend road trips through the Flinders Ranges and the gateway to the Australian outback. Bus tours can be organised and car rental is also easy.
Adelaide offers a more affordable cost of living in comparison with other large Australian cities. As well as the possibility of part time jobs in pubs, bars and restaurants, students could consider work at the numerous vineyards on Adelaide’s peripheries. The Barossa Valley winery is one of the largest and most well-known of these and there is a website designed to support the influx of part time workers hoping to soak up this lifestyle. It is better to consider this option before or after your studies as the work is not flexible. However, it offers accommodation and other outdoor work so can be an enriching way to experience this lifestyle. The website student edge also offers advice to students seeking part time employment in hospitality or within your field of study. To do this, you will need to log in to the account to create a profile.
An easy, secure way to arrange accommodation in Adelaide is through the website http://studentrooms.com.au/. They will help you find a room in convenient proximity to your language school. However, students should be advised that websites such as these are expensive. To give you an overall look into a wider selection of options, consider https://www.student.com/en-gb/au which allows you to search within your budget and location and does not charge a booking fee.
Adelaide offers an understated colonial elegance. The Adelaide Central Markets buzz with life from Tuesday to Sunday. Rainbow produce will tantalise your senses. Food lovers can converse with local fishermen and butchers to source the freshest, organic ingredients or pick up some gourmet cheese and olives to take on a picnic near the Lofty Mountain walkway. Adelaide’s cultural boulevard is the North Terrace. Cabaret and comedy shows are held at the Adelaide Festival Centre. For a free excursion, meander to the Rymill Park rose gardens and view the art deco Palm House at the Botanic Gardens. In Holdfast Bay, relax on sandy white beaches, go sailing or swim with dolphins. South Australia is steeped in history. Visiting the picturesque Hanhndorf village is only twenty minutes out of Adelaide. If you have three days to set aside, consider ticking one of the world’s greatest train voyages off your bucket list. The Ghan Train from South to North leaves Adelaide’s rolling hills and makes way to the Australian outback through Alice Springs before reaching the tropical paradise of Darwin.
The ISIC card costs $30AUD to purchase. Check the website for the deals it offers specific to your city, but in Adelaide this can open several good opportunities.