When I was a teenager, I’d often tell my parents I was going to move to Australia one day. To be honest, I think this was mostly teenage angst, as now I’ve grown, my dreams of living in Australia have changed. But despite that, I would still love to visit one day, which is why I’m really pleased that we have a local here to spill the beans about what it’s like to live in Adelaide, Australia!

1. Could you tell us a little about yourself and where you come from? 

Of course! I was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia. That means, I’ve lived in Adelaide for 26 years! Well, technically 25 years and three months. My partner and I lived in Alice Springs for eight months during 2016/2017!

When I’m not working at my part time job, my partner and I run a travel blog. It’s been my passion for a year and a half now, and we love sharing our travel tips with the world! I also discovered coffee for the first time fairly recently, so that helps with my super busy lifestyle!

I also love cats, comfortable clothes, white wine and binge watching my favourite TV shows!

2. What do you love most about your hometown?

I love how quiet and relaxing, yet still super exciting Adelaide is. We have so many annual events here, that bring crowds from not only across Australia, but also from around the world.

Our beaches are pretty amazing, and much less busy than more popular ones like Bondi and Surfers Paradise! I love how easily accessible everything is, given that it takes less than an hour to drive from the northern suburbs to the beach!

Adelaide might be a small city compared to others in Australia, but it’s definitely one of the best (in my very unbiased opinion!).

Gorge Wildlife Park in Adelaide

3. Is there anything that frustrates or annoys you when tourists visit Australia?

I think the main thing that frustrates me, is the misconceptions people have about our wildlife and animals in general. Sure, we have quite a few (a lot, actually) deadly spiders and snakes. But it wouldn’t be Australia if we didn’t! If you stay out of their way, they’ll stay out of yours! Don’t let the fact that you might come across a red back spider or brown snake scare you away from visiting this beautiful country.

We have a lot to offer, and if you visit with your common sense intact, you’ll be fine!

Also, they’re not called Koala bears. They’re just called Koalas.

4. In your opinion, which places should be at the top of any visitor’s wish list in Adelaide?

There are so many things to do in Adelaide, despite what my teenage self grew up thinking. Everyone should visit the Adelaide Hills wine regions during your time here. The Barossa Valley is absolutely beautiful, and you can drive around for hours exploring all of the incredible vineyards and breathtaking views.

Glenelg Beach is also another must visit during your time in Adelaide. With a ton of shops, restaurants and things to do, Glenelg is the perfect place to soak up the Australian sun while relaxing on Adelaide’s most popular beach!

Rundle Mall is the shopping heart of Adelaide. With an endless amount of stores to browse, and home to many of Adelaide’s only international shopping chains, Rundle Mall is the place to be.

5. What foods must visitors eat when in Australia?

Australia has some of the best snacks (again, in my very unbiased opinion) and every time I visit another country, I always miss them! Some of our must-try Australian foods are: Fruchocs, Shapes (pizza and barbecue Shapes are the best), Twisties, lamingtons, Allen’s lollies (candy) and Tim Tams.

As you can see, most of our snacks are super unhealthy. But I promise, once you’ve finished your first bag of Fruchocs (chocolate covered apricots) you won’t care.

6. What’s your favourite Australian word? Why? What does it mean?

My favourite Australian word is Mate. Because let’s be honest, this is Australia. Everyone calls each other mate, regardless of whether we know each other. It’s just what we do!

If we aren’t calling everyone mate, we’re eating a snag on the barbie, wearing super comfy thongs (flip flops) to the beach and buying beer from the bottle-o. We do things differently here.

Mooloolaba Beach in Queensland

7. What advice would you give to somebody moving to Australia from another country?

If you’re planning a move to Australia, keep in mind that everything is much more expensive here. From food to alcohol, housing and utilities. It’s best to save as much as possible before moving here, to ensure you are able to live comfortably and not struggle for money while you settle in.

If you’re a regular alcohol consumer, start drinking wine if you aren’t already. It’s much cheaper!

8. If you could describe your hometown in just one sentence, what would you say?

Adelaide is a very laid back city, where every body knows each other, and comes together many times throughout the year to celebrate and enjoy Adelaide’s awesome annual events and beautiful beaches.

9. If tourists were to know one thing about the Australian culture, what should that be?

I see Australia as a very casual country. With a few exceptions, we have a very laid back culture where everyone drinks beer, watches sport and spends the day at the beach.

We have a hugely diverse group of people throughout Australia, with a large number of Aboriginals living across the country. When visiting certain attractions in Australia, please respect the Aboriginal culture.

For example, Uluru in the Northern Territory is a very sacred place, and it is asked that tourists and visitors to Australia do not climb the rock. Aboriginal culture is still a very real thing, and should be respected when visiting Australia.

10. Do you have any interesting traditions that you’d like to share with us?

Adelaide has quite a few annual events and festivals. In March each year, we have the Fringe Festival that brings together artists of all kinds, from all over the world. From spoken word to dance, music and visual art, The Fringe Festival has it all, and is one of Adelaide’s most popular annual events.

Christmas and New Years Eve are big in Adelaide, with multiple events held across the city. Adelaide Oval is packed for the annual Big Bash Cricket match every year, and the Elder Park Christmas Carols don’t disappoint!

There is plenty to do in Adelaide over the Holiday season! If you’re looking for a fun and exciting holiday season, in a much less busy city, consider spending it in Adelaide!

Thanks Rhiannon – we’ve loved getting to know you and Adelaide better!

If you want to hear more from Rhiannon, check out her blog: Rhiannon Travels, or you can follow her along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram!

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Through The Eyes Of A Local: Adelaide

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