Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and the fifth largest city in Australia. The city was a planned city, so the design and layout were carefully selected before it was established. This makes it very well laid out with lots of parks and green areas.
Whether it’s a great drop of wine from the Barossa, McLaren Vale or Coonawarra wineries or fresh, local food from the Adelaide Central Market, beautiful sandy white beaches and space to walk, there’s something for everyone. Adelaide is home to just over 1.3 million residents and offers a bustling city centre set to the backdrop of the low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges. It also has a pleasant climate with warm to hot dry summers and relatively short winters.
The area is also known for its outstanding beaches with family-friendly areas popular for water sports. The coastline has dramatic clifftop scenery, surfing and fishing spots with popular beaches where you can see dolphins and whales.
The Adelaide Fringe is a month-long festival in February-March that has everything from pop-up restaurants to performances of all kinds. There is also the Adelaide Show and Garden of Unearthly Delights festival.
It’s an amazing place to bring up children with a fabulous climate and plenty of activities to keep little ones amused.
Here’s a look at what it is like to live in the city and what you need to know as a GP considering relocating here.
Cost of living
Adelaide, and South Australia in general, offers good value for the cost of living. The general living costs are lower than some of the larger cities such as Melbourne and Sydney. The cost of buying and renting accommodation is much more reasonable with the average house price in Sydney is $895,000 while the same in Adelaide is just $455,000. This compares well with London where the average house price is just over £620,000 (AUS$1,130,000).
Adelaide has an international airport with direct flights from the UK and easy access to the rest of Australia. A flight to the closest city, Melbourne will take less than an hour. The transport network is run by Adelaide Metro and includes a bus system, six metropolitan rail lines and a tram.
GPs in Australia
To work as a GP in Adelaide, you would need to hold your MRCGP qualification (or comparable). We have many practices offering great positions with the potential to earn up to and over $300K AUD.
One of the great benefits of Adelaide is you can live and work within 20 minutes of the city in a DWS location.