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South Australia

Population: Around 1.65 million

Size: 983,482sq km

State Capital: Adelaide

The majority of South Australians live in and around Adelaide, a calm, civilised city with a multicultural population of around 1.3 million. It’s a scenic place, sitting on the banks of the River Torrens with grand stone buildings surrounded by parklands, and prides itself on offering all the conveniences of a major city with few of the stresses. Nicknamed ‘the 20 minute city’ because it’s so easy to navigate that no journey should take more than 20 minutes, Adelaide is a relaxed place to live and consistently more affordable than other Australian cities.

Adelaide has a strong cultural life and hosts the Adelaide Festival of the Arts and the Adelaide Fringe Festival each year, among many other events. It also has a thriving bar, restaurant and café scene. The climate encourages an outdoor lifestyle – try scuba diving, surfing or swimming at the beach, or walking in the nearby Mount Lofty Ranges.

If that all sounds a bit energetic, you could try watching cricket at the Adelaide Oval or taking a leisurely stroll around some of the great wineries in the McLaren Vale or Barossa Valley.

Universities in South Australia