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Tiny Travel Story: Australia

What's Adelaide Like?

Ranked as one of the Top 10 Cities to Visit by Lonely Planet, one of the world's largest travel publishing companies, Adelaide is a culturally diverse city full of many renowned dining establishments, local wineries, sporting events, long beachfronts and numerous festivals throughout the year. The city is nicknamed the "20 Minute City" for its close proximity to the airport, beaches and rolling hills, and has been recognized as Australia's most sustainable city for its continued green efforts within various buildings, transportation, and more! As the only Australian city to be listed in the Best in Travel series in 2014, you're sure to feel at home in Adelaide.

Region and Population

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia, the fourth largest of the six Australian states and two territories. The city is known for its cultural diversity not only with the approximately 1.3 million people that reside in the city itself, but also through the numerous festivals held throughout the year, sporting events, and local dining and retail establishments.


Hot, dry summers and mild winters are what one can expect living in Adelaide. Precipitation is most frequent within the winter months and includes hail and rain with minimal, light snow showers occurring outside the metropolitan area near Mount Lofty and the Adelaide Hills during the winter months. The Adelaide climate can be summed up in one word: moderate, with winter temperatures averaging 16°C (61°F) and 28°C (82°F) in summer.

Average high and low temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit) and rainfall measurements (inches) for Adelaide:

Avg. Rainfall0.740.531.071.552.353.12.982.722.311.681.181.12

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