Winter heating in Adelaide is treated the same way as summer cooling in the UK - there's not enough of that kind of weather often enough to make it worthwhile for many people. Many newcomers to Adelaide make the mistake of not getting heating throughout the house, and that means that most of the house is too cold for 4-5 months of the year. Sadly, central heating as the UK knows it (gas-fired radiator central heating, the best heating of all) is non-existent in Adelaide. The next best, for me, is reverse cycle ducted Air Conditioning. That's warmth in winter, and cool air in summer. Perfect! I am looking now at places to rent on my return with my lovely new wife on September 1, and anywhere that doesn't have that kind of heating and cooling is immediately rejected. And remember that I have lived in Adelaide for 18 years.
Entrepeneurial heating engineers might like to consider the business opportunity afforded by bringing proper central heating to Adelaide.
Another hint to those of you moving to Adelaide is to make sure your car is air-conditioned. You WILL be thankful in summer. Oh, and lose that Halford's scraper. Luke-warm water clears the ice in about 5 seconds on the coldest UK day, with which Adelaide can't begin to compare. I always have a laugh when I see people scraping their windscreens. Maybe it's character-building.