First impressions of Adelaide
My brother has recently (in the past few days) moved to Australia permanently. He is currently in Adelaide where we have some distant relatives who he is staying with whilst he finds his feet. He has been out and about to see where he might like to live and is a bit disappointed with the suburbs around the CBD. He says that the city center is fine for bars and nightlife and so on but once you are out of the city center there is nothing to do what-so-ever, he walked for 8 hours from Glenelg (sp?) to Henley Beach and didn't see a single bar and in fact had to call in at a petrol station to buy a drink, all there seemed to be were houses after houses rather than what we have in the UK where you can't walk 10 feet without falling into a pub or cafe of some sort.
Is this typical of Australia on the whole or is it specific to Adelaide? He has talked to the relatives we have over there who have told him that Adelaide is not really suited to young people and he would be better off going to Melbourne where things are more lively and geared towards people in their 20/30s.
He is planning on renting a car and driving to Melbourne in the next few days to test the lay of the land there. What are the general thoughts amongst the masses about Adelaide and Melbourne? Is he likely to find something more akin to the UK in Melbourne or is Australia simply a different lifestyle where pubs and so on simply aren't that common outside the city center?
Adelaide is NOT a bar/nightclub place.
There are a good few in the city and some good pubs around BUT Adelaide is quieter in night life and is popular with families.
We have had some great nights out in Adelaide and watched the sun come up at Glenelg.
Melbourne is busier with more clubs and bars,we go over there once a year.Tell bro to try Southbank and the Casino.
Just a fair word though........ya can't come over and expect it to be like the UK but warmer.
He won't find anything akin to the UK here.
Australia is...............well Australia.
Originally Posted by Tyke
I like it, so simple but so true. Gave me a right good laugh too!
hello we will probably agree with your brother im afraid! we arrived in australia 6th aug 08 brought a motorhome and travelled queensland nsw victoria and sa. we have been living in the northen suberbs of adelaide for 6 weeks now and my husband really feels that he is bored! his life is going to work! not like back home he enjoyed time with mates at the pub not really the thing here! i personally think unless you are in the actual city be it adelaide melbourne sydney brisbane etc there is no nightlife victoria is the same and we actually have family in the melbourne subs that have done 2 years there and are going back to the uk as not enough here for them. so depending on what your brother wants im not sure melbourne is any better! hope he finds the place for him and that it all works out.
Can I just add....................
A lot of socialising is done at home here.
You need to build up a network of friends,the BBQ's and boozeups are never ending!
I guess some of it is due to necessity as there are not that many pubs but also a lot have children and it's great to be able to socialise with your kids as well.
We have trouble keeping up with friends and have loads to do/see.
yes i do believe you are right its all about bbqs and beer at home with friends and we have 3 children and 1 on the way so this is good for us too but i must add to spend 24/7 with children is hard too. everyone is entitled to and should have there own adult time it is esential as much as we all love our children! not sure about your brother if he has family and kids as if he hasnt bbqs with kids will not be for him city life would be better!!!
Seems a bit weird to me that he started off in Glenelg and couldn't find anywhere to have a drink!? It is only 7kms to Henley Beach, what were they doing for 8 hrs?
Anyway, in my opinion what you will get out of Adelaide is different depending on the lifestyle you want and the one you had in the UK. Also I think that you need to realise you won't be able to replicate your UK existence, why would you want to? Presumably you moved 10,000 miles from your family and friends because you wanted something different from life.
kfoley, you say - we have been living in the northen suberbs of adelaide for 6 weeks now and my husband really feels that he is bored! his life is going to work! not like back home he enjoyed time with mates at the pub not really the thing here! Presumably, you built your UK social life up from many years of family, friends, work colleagues and shared experiences, how can you expect things to be the same here after 6 weeks?
yes we have only been here 6 weeks but what i was saying was of course our personal opinion. i thought i had made that clear yes we did leave friends and family behind and a social life and we have enjoyed ozzie social life ie bbqs but some people want more varitiy than just that and adelaide is very quite for someone who is looking for a going out lifestyle like first suggested the person was looking for. people can want change and a different life but this doesnt mean the things we enjoy need to be fogotton simply to be able to enjoy both experiences is good. we have travelled all over australia with the children before arriving here and different areas of australia have different things to offer. i think that by the person going to explore other parts is a great idea as no one can tell him what is good or bad area to live just there own opinions which doesnt always suit the person asking!
Hi Kfoley, I completely agree that it is your personal opinion, and you are entitled to that, but from your post, you were on holiday prior to arriving in SA and as such your experience is different in QLD and so on as you were not living there.
There are pub's all over Adelaide,you just have to know where to go. Glenelg is a lively suburb as is Goodwood,Norwood and North Adelaide. They are more spread out though that's for sure,we just don't have the population. Melbourne is fun, and beautiful but very busy and the weather is crap most of the time. It's quite like a mini London. Depends on your lifestyle I suppose.:D