Nomoreengland- I agree with you that being Adelaide a smaller capital is likely to have less choice. However. I know S****horpe and East Yorkshire fairly well as I used to work as a sales manager all over Yorks.
People reading on here can take comfort in knowing that this comparison is completely off the mark (well-Tyke should be able to knowledgeably comment being a Yorkshireman)
It really is impossible to make straight comparisons- very upmarket North Adelaide is a bit like Hampstead or Highgate in London- beaches so near the city and hills a shot away on the other side make it such an unusual offering
Norwood feels very European (reminds me of northern Italy or Seville in Spain). It has a lot of old-world charm. And as nightlife goes, it is not Ibiza, but more like Milan/Edinburgh/Brighton.
The Hills feel like Canada/Aberdeenshire.
If one is an Ibiza type of course Adelaide would not suit. But then, would you say that Milan is a backwater?
Horses for courses. You are right to express your opinion.
BTW- a good friend (Aussie born and bred & very well travelled and learned) from Brisbane fell in love with Adelaide when she decided to check it out- she was not impressed with our choice of SA when we had told her and admitted it is an unfortunate stereotype. Now she is coming again to visit!