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      Adelaide - great lifestyle, great for families? A challenge

      Hello,

      As an introduction: I plan to move to Adelaide in 2015 together with my wife and 2 kids (7 and 4 at the moment).

      You can hear everywhere that Adelaide is great for families and the lifestyle is absolutely superb etc., but on the other hand parks are said to be empty, the Zoo is charming but tiny and there are no attractions like an aquarium or so.

      So a challenge for all Adelaidians with small kids - convince me life is great in Adelaide :D

      How do you spend your time with your children and how does it differ from what you used to do before moving to Australia.

      Thanks in advance :)

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      Hi PG77

      Personally i don't think life in Australia is about 'attractions' there is more to life as they say! Have you visited Adelaide at all? Have you applied for a visa yet? Lots can change in a year with visas, jobs etc.

      it might not be the best idea to uproot your family accross the world if you need convincing to do so?

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      Yes I have applied for a 189 visa and I am trying to decide on a city. So far Adelaide appeals to me most, but there are always doubts. No I have not visited Adelaide nor Australia before.
      This is why I am posting my question - to receive some more insights than 'it is great over here' and 'life is not about attractions' ;D

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      Personally, I think life in Adelaide is more about being outdoors and doing "family" stuff rather than attractions. The parks are certainly not empty. On a warm, sunny day, many families head to the larger parks and either use the bbqs or take a picnic. They play football, soccer, cricket, whatever and have a great time. You can head for the beach for the day in summer, or the outdoor pool and in the winter you can head for the hills and discover how beautiful it is around there. You can go kayaking on the river, wander round Central Market, have friends round for an impromptu barbie, cycle the miles and miles of cycle paths, visit stunningly beautiful wineries etc etc etc. What you WON'T do is spend a fortune in trashy theme parks or amusement arcades, because we simply don't have any! Hurrah!
      Liz, Rich, Hattie, Rory and Trev the dog.

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      Great for families... until the kids get older and decide to move to a modern city. :P

      If you like festivals, wine, and beaches... you'll have it all in SA.
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      I don't have kids, but have nephews and a niece who visit often from Victoria. From what I can see it's a great place for kids - in fact that seems a major drawcard for families with young children moving here. No, there's not an aquarium - Adelaide doesn't have the population to support aquariums, theme parks etc. However, from what I can see in my local council area, there are great playgrounds all over the place - clean and free of grafitti with clean toilets and BBQs to use that are always clean and well maintained. My parents are always shocked when they visit and we use the great (free) public BBQ facilities and say 'things like that would just get trashed in the UK.' Cycling around my area at weekends, 9 months of the year I see big groups of families/friends sat in chairs picnicking at parks whilst the kids roam around, or similar at the beach.

      Because of the great weather there is a lot more opportunity to be outdoors more and be active. Plus the huge amount of beaches - more than makes up for an aquarium in my opinion!

      Whilst the zoo isn't huge, there are loads of wildlife parks around as well as the actual zoo - I can think of four wildlife parks within 45 mins of the city with kangaroos roaming around to feed, koalas to cuddle etc. In terms of attractions for kids that we do have - there are a few smaller 'amusement' parks (google Semaphore foreshore waterslides, Glenelg Beachouse, Greenhills adventure park), a huge range of sports clubs / active activities for kids (including some that just don't happen in the UK such as 'nippers' - junior lifesaving/water safety), there are loads of indoor adventure playgrounds (usuaully referred to as 'play cafes' here), loads of great outdoor swimming pools (Usually open oct - may, again you see families setting up to spend a whole day there with a picnic/BBQ, very cheap way to spend a warm day), lots of great indoor swimming centres (the new SA Aquatic centre is a world class swim centre), there are hundreds of gorgeous parks, reserves and outdoor nature spots for walking, bike rides, treasure hunts, games, picnics, duck feeding etc (botanic gardens and Linear Park along the river torrens are my favourites), playgrounds (check out http://www.playgroundfinder.com/list...e.php?state=sa ) outdoor movies in the park all summer (in the city and various council areas plus there is a drive in movie theatre), 2 or 3 indoor rock climbing centres, indoor trampoline centre (plus a huge Bounce Inc trampoline 'universe' opening up soon),plus all the usual bowling, roller discos, ice skating, laser skirmish, lots of festivals and 'community events' - I could go on. I really can't see anything here in Adelaide that kids would miss growing up elsewhere.

      Adelaide is well known for theatre, arts and festivals and there are lots of shows aimed at kids all year round. There are also opportunities for cheap family camping weekends at lovely spots all around Adelaide, SA and interstate. Plus Melbourne is only a short and cheap (ish) flight away to get a bigger city fix for better shopping - and the aquarium ;) I honestly think Adelaide would be a great place to raise a family.

      For me, the things I might miss if I have a family here would be doing things like popping over to another country and experiencing completely different culture, food etc without spending loads of time or money to get there - such as a weekend in France. Also the sheer choice of theatre in London (though in Adelaide doesn't lack in theatre), all the historic attractions of England and Europe but mainly being close to my parents. However, I think having kids here they have so much more opportunity to be outdoors and be active and not be cooped up in a house 9 months of the year in the rain.
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      How many times in 3 years did we go to the aquarium in Bristol when we lived there? Twice. And it was very expensive. Here we hit Port Noarlunga and the reef there. Throw in the beach on top and that it's free, quite happy thank you. And that we can go anytime we wish rather than opening hours only, works for us.

      Things we do more of here

      Cycling (including school run)
      Cricket (there is an oval round the corner and public are welcome to use it so we do, most days).
      Beach - we often head down early evening after school, tea and homework are out the way. Over the summer especially it's lovely and warm in the water to swim and splash before heading home.
      Nature reserves - have them a plenty here. Hallet Cove is a great one to start with, then can head up into the hills to walk some trails there.
      Wildlife spotting - it's all new! Koalas, kangaroos, lorikeets, galahs, possums.
      Parks - there are some great ones. Just don't go middle if the day on hot days and it's fine.
      Cinemas - here too
      Skate parks - check
      Swimming pools and water slides, indoor and out - check
      Cycling club events for kids - check
      Milo cricket for kids - check
      Lots of other sports to choose from. Near us we have tennis courts, rugby pitch, park with basketball hoops, public gym equipment, gym and more.

      Also places like the Beach House for soft play or water slides and other stuff.

      We've done the Christmas lights, usual Christmas stuff, been to the Fringe recently and son saw a couple of kids shows too. It runs for a month. Plus Adelaide museum, free, lovely for an hour now and again. Wildlife park or two. Also loved the Tour Down Under week. Have also been to lots of smaller towns and places for day trips.

      We are not sitting on our backsides that's for sure. We like it but then we were an active family before we moved so nothing really changed for us. Sure the 40C plus days were not great but we got put early, hit the beach at 8am, was lovely, then back down in the evening. We've had far less days stuck indoors here due to 40c plus than we had rainy cold days indoors in the UK.
      Far less. For us it's been a noticeable difference.


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      Quote Originally Posted by BurgessFamily View Post
      Great for families... until the kids get older and decide to move to a modern city. :P

      If you like festivals, wine, and beaches... you'll have it all in SA.
      But just in march, then this town looks like a ghost town from a zombie movie
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      Lol ColinOz - cos the beaches and wine just disappears the other 11 months of the year ;)

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      It is definitely about lifestyle here and weather not attractions - the countryside and wildlife are free attractions. Having said that there is plenty to do with my 2 boys - 3 years and 11 months old. We live 3 streets back from the beach - something we could not afford to do in the UK, we can do lots of outdoor activities - again can't do them very often in the UK and the wildlife is amazing - not many places to see British wildlife left now. Beaches are stunning - as are the ones in South West UK and the city is adequate for shopping and such like (lived in Dubai for 5 years so malls are no where near on a par to that but equal to the UK) We have been here 7 months and have not looked back love everything just need to get stable jobs and we will be sorted! In addition facilities are available (and clean / graffiti free) including public BBQ's for free, great parks, National Parks and lots of sporting opportunities in addition to the beaches.

      P.S. Snifter - we are originally from Bath have lots of family and friends (and good memories) in Bristol, small world sometimes :) X
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