Adelaide is a great place to live. It's different from Sydney and Melbourne but still there's plenty of opportunities to have fun.
You'll be coming at one of the hottest months of the year, and it'll continue to be hot (average of 32C) until about March. Winters are quite cold (for us, not for Michigan!), but there's no snow (maybe slush at Mount Lofty). It doesn't rain enough in the state, so until we get the first 'big' rains in March/April, the place is quite dry and hot.
The city itself is very walkable and easy to get around. There's a lot less traffic then other cities, as the population's at about 1 million. It's a small city, but there's plenty to do - great shops, sightseeing, parks and beaches, and great cafes as well.
There's no abercrombie or hollister in adelaide but there's marcs, esprit, lacoste and all that, plus there are some popular Australian teenage brands like roxy and billabong, and others like ladakh. Try places like the 'Miss Shop' in Myer (department store), Sportsgirl (chain store), Dotti (chain store), and Surf and Ski for clothes that Adelaide girls wear.
Places to go to - the beach of course! It's about 20 minutes from the city to Glenelg (the main beach) by tram, there's lots to do there. You'll find you'll be doing much the same as what you do back home now - shopping at the Westfield malls (one of which has the biggest movie theatre in the southern hemisphere), going to movies, going out to cafes with your friends for gelati (the best is at cibo's), hot chocolates (bracegirdles at glenelg), the Adelaide Zoo, Central Markets (for food), and just going to parks and chilling out. You're also about 30 minutes from the CBD to the hills, where you can visit a historic German township (Handorf). There's plenty of great bike and walking trails in and around Adelaide, including in the hills and the beaches.
People in Australia and Adelaide are like those anywhere else. Friendly if you're friendly, and I think you'll find most people very welcoming and willing to show you around. Kids do a lot of sports over here. You might get some ribbing from people, particularly those who will take out their frustration/anger on you about Bush and the Iraq war and 'everything American', or the perceived ignorance of Americans and so forth. I'd just ignore them or avoid talking about it. It's not your fault, and it's really just being prejudiced or racist. Adelaidians are a lot more laid back, and there are lots of different cultures.
While you're here, go with your family/new friends to as many events as you can! You'll be here for the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under (professional bicycle competition through many popular spots in and around Adelaide), Adelaide Festival (opera, plays, dramatic arts), the Fringe Festival (a must see event - dramatic art, circus type art, etc), Womadelaide (world music), and the Clipsal 500 (car racing through the streets of the city).
Learn a bit about Australia and Adelaide before you visit, and it'll help for you to fit in easier (wikipedia is a good place to start!). Be open to new adventures, experiences, and have a positive attitude, and you'll be fine! Email me if you have any questions. Good luck and have fun!
Adelaide born and bred (and I've lived other places for a while too)
· 1 decade ago