Moving to South Australia - 10 important things to know

Are you thinking of moving to South Australia? Alongside our tips on how to enjoy Adelaide in one day, we have put together a list of things to keep in mind when moving to Australia’s festival state.

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1. How to order a beer

When you turn up at the pub in South Australia, you’ll find their beer measures are a bit different to everywhere else in Australia:

•    A South Australian ‘schooner’ is the same as other states’ middy/pot/half pint (285 ml)
•    A South Australian ‘pint’ is the same as other states’ schooner (425 ml)
•    A South Australian ‘imperial pint’ is the same as other states’ pint (570 ml).

2. Partying in the festival state


South Australia boasts beautiful sunny weather during autumn. This backdrop provides the perfect stage for the many festivals in the state’s capital, Adelaide. Some of the biggest festivals include:

•    Adelaide Fringe is an annual arts fringe festival in February-March
•    Adelaide Festival is an annual international arts festival in February-March
•    WOMADelaide is an annual world music and arts festival in March
•    Come Out Festival is a biennial children’s arts and music festival in May
•    Adelaide Cabaret Festival is an annual cabaret festival in June

3. Where to find a good drop of wine

South Australia is home to some of Australia’s best-loved wine regions. Once you’ve settled into your new place, get out there and explore some of the best wine regions in the world!

•    Barossa Valley
•    Adelaide Hills
•    McLaren Vale
•    Coonawarra
•    Clare Valley
•    Eden Valley
•    Kangaroo Island
•    Riverland

4. Where to get some fresh air

Moving to South Australia means you’re close to some of Australia’s most beautiful and intriguing places.

•    Kangaroo Island – famous for its huge variety of wildlife and wild spaces
•    Mount Gambier – explore extinct volcanos, caves and the famous blue lake
•    Lake Eyre – Australia’s largest salt lake, located in outback South Australia
•    Coober Pedy – explore the world’s opal capital
•    Hahndorf – a picturesque town in the Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest German settlement

5. Who’s playing?


Sport is big in South Australia. From AFL to motorsports, cricket and horse racing, there’s always something on:

•    Find a local AFL team (Aussie rules footy)
•    Find out about the Clipsal 500 (motorsports)
•    Find out about Test Cricket
•    Find out about the Tour Down Under (cycling)
•    Find out about the Adelaide Cup (horse racing)
•    Find out about the World Tennis Challenge

6. The weather


South Australia experiences widely varying weather, with a hot and dry interior and a more Mediterranean climate on the coast. Adelaide is Australia’s driest capital city and summer temperatures can soar to 48°C.

If you’re moving to South Australia, remember it can get really hot and dry. Autumn and spring are the nicest times to explore the outdoors and enjoy a festival or two.

7. When to hang your hat

There are a few extra public holidays in South Australia, including holidays for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve (from 7pm). They also celebrate Proclamation Day instead of Boxing Day, which commemorates the proclamation of South Australia as a British Province. Find out when South Australia sleeps in.

8. How to stay in the loop

Moving interstate to South Australia and need to get the latest news? Find your new TV stations, radio stations and newspapers.

•    Watch your regional and metropolitan TV stations
•    Read the Adelaide Advertiser
•    Read your regional newspapers
•    Listen to your local radio stations

9. How to get around


Adelaide boasts an excellent public transport system and there are regional trains if you’re travelling around the state.

•    In Adelaide, buy a Metrocard or Metroticket online, at main train stations or instore at numerous retailers
•    Get an Uber in Adelaide
•    Take the train to Darwin, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney: The Ghan, the Overland and the Indian Pacific

10. How to buy property


If you’re moving interstate to South Australia and you’re considering buying property, make sure you know the local laws and get good advice from your lawyer. Here are a few more detailed tips in each of the main areas to get you started:

•    How to buy property in South Australia
•    Calculate stamp duty on a South Australian property
•    Connect energy to your new home with Lumo Energy

For further tips and timelines on moving home in general, read our detailed moving home guide.

Date: 5 February 2016
Category: Lumo Community

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