I live in Adelaide, South Australia, and for a capital city it goes pretty unrecognised most of the time. If you speak to anyone who's never been to Australia, all they ask of is the East Coast (Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane). Most international people forget that Australia is fucking huge and there are other cities apart from those mentioned, and Adelaide is still often forgotten when people realise there's more to this country. That's not to say Adelaide is forgettable, because it's far from that, it's just... well, kept away from big fatcats.
Adelaide is smaller,
quieter, greener, fresher, and generally speaking, behind other capital
cities. It's still b e a u t i f u l nonetheless. For the most part, a
lot of Adelaide people hate it here and I'm not really sure why. I'm
here to tell you why you should love Adelaide and why the other cities
don't even come close to this place.
Adelaide is smaller. You can get from one end of the metropolis to the
other in about 30-60 minutes. I went to a city school - my best friend
in high school lived the exact same distance as I did yet we lived on
opposite ends of the city. Distance is not an excuse to avoid seeing
someone in Adelaide. It is practically impossible to be too far.
Peak hour traffic in Adelaide doesn't actually stop. It gets really
fucking slow, but it never comes to a complete halt for more than like 5
minutes. Actually, I don't think I've even stopped for that long, ever.
In fact, our public transport system is bullshit because it's just
easier and quicker to drive yourself.
It's green. So very, very green. I've lived in Melbourne and it's not
even close to the green of Adelaide. When you get outside of the city,
you know - there are trees and parks everywhere. In fact, the city is
full of parks and reserves and trees. There are wetlands right on the
edge of the airport for goodness sake! Queensland likes to think it's
green, and it might be in remote areas, but not as close to dense
populated areas like Adelaide. You can stand in the middle of the CBD,
be surrounded by greener and see the Adelaide Hills. In fact, some guy
wants to put an 'ADELAIDE' sign in the Hills just like the Hollywood
sign. That's how amazing these Hills are.
The beaches are better. Our shores are clean and rock-free. Because
most of South Australia's coast line is full of towns, you can
practically lay on any part of it and it's just as beautiful as the
rest. You don't have to walk across metres of sand to reach the shore
either. And on some beaches in Adelaide, you can actually park your car
on the beach.
people in Adelaide are friendlier. We have to be - almost everyone knows
everyone by seven degrees of separation. It makes reinventing yourself
troublesome but if you start out as a good egg, you'll be fine. Besides,
people here generally get over things sooner than they're given credit.
On the plus side, it makes making friends ridiculously easy. And to be
quite honest, I think people in Adelaide are far more determined to
follow through on their dreams and passions than people from other
states. In my experience, the people I've met from other states give up
eventually because it's just too hard to make someone of themselves in
such a competitive city. Adelaide doesn't have that problem. Wanna be
something? Cool. Go be it. And you'll find that at least one person you
know, either directly or through a friend of a friend etc, can help you
be that person. That doesn't happen anywhere else.
in Adelaide is fucking insane. So many events happen - the Fringe,
Clipsal 500, and various other things. FYI the Fringe is bigger than the
Melbourne Comedy Festival/Gala/whatever it's called. We don't need a
television show to bring in acts or gain recognition. We have bigger
celebrities come to our 'shitty small city' for pretty much a whole
month. And it's not just comedy, it's all kinds of performances like
drag shows and magic shows and musical shows and everything. The Fringe
Street Party is incredible and if you're ever in Adelaide in March, I
highly recommend you see it.
pay you to recycle. 10cents per recyclable material when sold in SA.
It's a means outside government assistance for our low socio-economic
population to earn a small portion of money. KESAB is the initiative to
KEep South Australia Beautiful. It's drilled into every child's mind
during school to recycle. If someone litters in Adelaide, they'll
receive massive amounts of daggers from whomever witnesses it.
city's developmental progress is slow but constant. Every year, around
tax time, the city goes through so many infrastructural improvements
(that's a nice way of saying Adelaide is flooded with road works every
single street over) it's insane. People get frustrated because it's the
only time the peak hour traffic get "bad." We're constantly upgrading
things if only small things at a time. Progress is progress.
The food and wine in Adelaide is world renown. It's some of the world's
absolute best. If you're after a particular cultural cuisine, you can
find it on whatever side of town you're in. After a particular wine?
Drop into any bottle shop and you'll find countless local wineries. In
fact, heading up Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Willunga will take you
to the actual wineries and cellar doors. You can buy the world's best
food and wine from the place it actually comes from. And people in
Adelaide are super duper proud of supporting local producers. They really are.
South Australia is the Opal Capital of the WORLD. If you're in
possession of Opal, chances are it came from Cooper Pedy. It's actually
kind of cool for a place in the middle of nowhere. People live in
'dugout' homes - houses are built either inside small mountains or
underground to avoid the heat. How fucking smart is that!
eleven. On LonelyPlanet's top 10 cities of the world to visit, Adelaide was the only city in Australia to make the list. The O N L Y one.
Melbourne? Nope. Brisbane? Nope. Sydney? Nope. None of the bigger,
better cities made the cut, at all. On a list to represent Australia to
the entire planet of people, Adelaide made it. Melbourne was voted the
best Australian city to live in, but I still think that's wrong (fuck
yes I am biased).
Marion is the biggest shopping centre in this hemisphere. It has the
most amount of shops in one location. You could literally spend all day
at Marion shopping and not need to leave the centre for pretty much
anything. It caters for everyone. Wanna watch a movie while you're
shopping? No problem. Event Marion is fucking massive with 30 something
cinema rooms and Gold Class to boot. Outside of Marion, the shopping in
Adelaide is amazing. Adelaide people love to op-shop. No to mention,
there are particular suburbs in Adelaide that sell world class designer
labels. I know because the Sass & Bide store is on Rundle Street. In
fact, the photo I have of the store is of me, drunk at the Fringe
Street Party, hugging the window.
Zoological Park. It's a safari-esque park with animals that would
normally live in that environment. And unlike other zoos, you can drive
cars through the park, have the animals come up to your car windows,
hell you can even feed fucking giraffes! My best friend, the one who
lived on the opposite of Adelaide, went there for her work experience.
She got to cuddle motherfucking Cheetah cubs. Can you do that in Sydney?
is the largest Anime and Video Game Convention in Australia. It was big
the first year I went and it's been steadily growing every year. Anime
and video game professionals from all over the world come to Adelaide to
meet fans. You should see how insane the cosplays are! Pontip is a guy
from Adelaide who's known all over the country for his Halo cosplay.
Malls Balls and the Pigs. Rundle Mall has stack two giant silver balls
in the middle for some reason. In addition, there are bronze (I think
they're bronze?) pigs statues, four of them to be precise, in the mall
for whatever reason. I can guarantee that even local drunks sit on the
pig statues and take photos with them. Some guy managed to climb on top
of the Malls Balls and got stuck. The police had to get him down and it
made the headlines in the news that night.
The biggest natural weather threat Adelaide faces is bush fire. Other
states face flooding, hurricanes/tornadoes, and earthquakes. Not
Adelaide. Because we're so fucking green and have massive hills, we have
to be vigilant about bush fires. We're always on top of them the moment
one is sparked.
Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer is Australia's leading cancer
research facility and has world leading treatments. Flinders University,
the one I attend, is world renown for it's medical research. Basically,
if you attend Flinders University for a medical based degree, your
degree is recognised as the b e s t in the world for research,
and all of your degree is evidence based research. Ground-breaking
treatments for cancer are found in Adelaide. I'm really excited at the
possibilities of becoming a team player in all of that.
The Pancake Kitchen. It's exactly what the name suggests but it's open
24/7 and serves alcohol. Wake up at 3am graving pancakes and cider?
Drive to the city and get your fix. One of the best nights/days of my
life was partying all night, going to the pancake kitchen at
6:30/7:00am, stuffing my face, walking to the zoo and hanging out in the
city riding out the the morning to avoid a hangover with two of my best
friends. Ask any Adelaide person what they think of the Pancake Kitchen
and you'll only ever hear good things about it.
could go on for days about how amazing this city really is. Everyone I
know who's ever left eventually finds their way back here again. They
leave when they get bored but they never find a place quite like
Adelaide. It's special in its own way and I love that. If you think very
little of Adelaide, I highly suggest doing some tourist things and get
to know the place before you diss it. If the people you know only get
married, find a new job, have kids, get divorced or do the boring
adulthood business, you need to realise it's not the city's fault; it's
your fault for being friends with stagnant people. Adelaide is a
thriving city full of thriving people. You just need to know where to