Adelaide – Capital of South Australia


Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is the fifth largest city in Australia. The city centre is renowned for its well planned streets with parks and gardens strategically placed throughout the city. The 1.1 million Adelaide residents would say it is definitely a liveable city.

Among the Defence population, Adelaide is also known as one of the Defence capitals of Australia with a large proportion of Army, Air Force and Navy members calling it home along with an increasing Defence industry presence.

There are three main Army Barracks: Keswick, Warradale and Woodside, all within 40 minutes of the CBD. The Navy Headquarters are also located at Keswick Barracks and RAAF Base Edinburgh is located north of the city in the Salisbury council area. The Defence Science & Technology Organisation is also located at Salisbury adjacent to the RAAF Base, approximately 30km north of the city.

Defence Housing Australia (DHA) manages more than 1200 homes for Defence members and their families located mostly in the northern part of the city and have first rate access to schools, transport, shopping facilities and recreational activities.

With such a large Defence population in Adelaide, there are lots of support services for Defence families. In addition to Defence Families Australia and the Defence Community Organisation, the Woodside Defence Family Association and North East Defence Community Group offer facilities and community programs such as a Community House, Craft group, walking groups, playgroups and social clubs.

Wine Regions

Some of the most famous wine regions are located in South Australia. Visitors can visit nine distinct wine regions within 90 minutes of the Adelaide city centre: Barossa and Eden Valley, Adelaide Plains, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Southern Fleurieu, Currency Creek, Langhorne Creek and the Clare Valley.

Just an hour’s drive from Adelaide is known throughout the world as one of Australia’s leading wine regions, boasting more than 60 wineries. Established in 1842 by immigrants from England and Germany, the region’s rich heritage is reflected in architecture, food and internationally renowned wines.

The Clare Valley is considered one of the most picturesque wine regions in South Australia. Less than two hours from Adelaide, the region boasts more than 40 cellar doors, most within 20 kilometres of the main town of Clare.

The McLaren Vale District is just 40 minutes south of Adelaide, established in 1839 (the first vines planted in 1838) and since that time the McLaren Vale region has become one of Australia’s premier wine-producing districts, particularly renowned for its full-bodied reds.

Adelaide Central Market

The Adelaide Central Market has been operating for 140 years, and with over 80 stalls under one roof, it is a hub of activity with traders, artisans and shoppers who share a passion for food.

National Wine Centre

Looking over the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the National Wine Centre is an architectural treat, but what it holds inside is the real attraction.  Here you can discover winemaking from the ground up, take an interactive discovery tour and more.

North Terrace

North Terrace is Adelaide’s cultural boulevard, with many excellent examples of early Australian architecture such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, the University of South Australia, and Adelaide’s oldest church, the Anglican Holy Trinity Church.

Linear Park Trail

One of the best ways to see Adelaide is to travel the Linear Park Trail. Following the Torrens River, with bitumen trails winding through parklands, you can cycle or walk from the base of the Adelaide Hills in the west to Henley Beach in the east.

Adelaide Zoo

Get up close and personal with the animals at Adelaide Zoo. Adelaide Zoo offers a variety of behind the scenes tours.


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