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Moving to Adelaide

Located on Australia’s south coast, the city of Adelaide is an extremely attractive destination to move to. The city regularly ranks in the world’s top 10 most liveable cities.

The surrounding landscapes comprise of undulating, rugged countryside, pristine beaches, national parks and vineyards producing some of Australia’s best wine. With low rainfall and warm weather not dissimilar to the Mediterranean, it’s easy to see why this is such a popular location for expats and nationals alike.

If you’re considering moving to this beautiful city, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work involved in making it a reality. Thankfully, Britannia Movers International can support you through the removals process to achieve your goal of settling into your new home in Adelaide.

Removal Services to Adelaide

Now you’ve decided that the next phase of your life will be in Adelaide, the positive feelings can quickly give way to overwhelm as you focus on the volume of tasks that need to happen to achieve your move. Moving your possessions can be one of the biggest tasks on your list and why it rightly needs careful consideration to ensure your worldly possessions arrive safely.

Our approach is simple – to make the process of moving your belongings as smooth as possible. One of the Britannia Movers team will visit you in your home prior to your move, to work with you to create a suitable plan that works for your individual situation.

Shipping to Adelaide

One of the most affordable options for transporting your belonging to Adelaide is via a cargo ship. After all, it’s a fair distance and not only is it cheaper than other forms of transport, in many ways, it can also be safer.

Your items will be allocated with a unique barcode to enable the tracking of them throughout the transportation process.  The journey can take around 8 weeks, but to make further savings you can opt for a shared container which takes roughly 12 weeks, thereby extending the journey by 4 weeks.

Once your items arrive in Australia, there is a weekly shipping service from all ports to safely transport your belongings to your new address. With forward planning, we can work together so you can receive your belongings shortly after your arrival.

Air Freight to Adelaide

The option of air freight provides a much shorter timeline for you to receive your belongings. As you might expect, this service is more expensive, but it’s likely to be your preferred option if you need your items to arrive quickly in Adelaide.

There is also the flexibility to use a combination of options, such as using air freight for essential items you need to arrive quickly and then sending the remainder of your belongings via cargo ship.

Additional Removals Services to Adelaide

Whichever option you decide to use to transport your items to Adelaide, Britannia Movers International will ensure your needs are met throughout the duration of the move.

We understand that many individuals have a unique set of circumstances and as a result, we tailor and personalise your trip to meet your specific requirements and needs.

If you have a tight budget or require additional services such as arranging transport for your pet. Simply, give us a call and we can work out the best solution and plan for you.

Adelaide Facts Australia flag

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Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
Distance from UK: 16,269 km
Flight Time from UK: 24 hours
Language: English
Population: 1.3 million
School Year Starts: January

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Whether the usual home goods or fragile and valuable items, our expert packing service ensures your goods are safe during the removals process.

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To give yourself complete peace of mind, why not look into our comprehensive package of insurance services?

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At Britannia, we are able to provide national and international storage solutions that can be tailored to fit your needs.

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Groupage Shipping

Did you know you can reduce shipping costs to Adelaide by sharing a container with other mover’s belongings?

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Arriving in Adelaide

Britannia Movers International aim to send items over in advance and get them ready for your arrival. It can take up to 12 weeks for your possessions to arrive in Adelaide, so the sooner you contact us to make arrangements the better.

We will take the time to work with you and make sure that all your paperwork regarding visas and exports is completed for your arrival in Adelaide. Please be aware that there are further imports paperwork to complete once in Australia, this is standard procedure and your compliance with Adelaide import officials is appreciated.

The majority of items clear Adelaide imports and are available in just two weeks. If you chose to go with our door-to-door service our removal team in Adelaide will collect your possessions and take them to your new home.

If you are moving to Adelaide and need removal services, then give Britannia Movers International a call today on 0845 600 661. Speak to one of our international removal specialists and find out how easy it is to move to Adelaide. We’ll give you a full breakdown of the process and an idea of the costs of international removals as well.

“I knew uprooting the entire family and moving to Adelaide would be no easy task, especially with two under five. However, Britannia made it so easy. Whilst I was left to arrange my husband and children, our belongings were safely shipped and delivered to our new home. They even helped with the process of moving our Labrador to a life Down Under with us! We could not be more grateful.”

Emigrating to Adelaide

Nestled on Australia’s south cost, the city of Adelaide is sophisticated and educated. Due to the city’s history, Adelaide has a very English culture. However, over the years, the city has become significantly more multicultural and this is echoed in the food, arts and entertainment present.

As well as city life, Adelaideans can escape to the country in a matter of minutes. With some of the country’s best beaches and lush parklands on their doorstep, many expats relish living in such a diverse area. Being a gateway to some of Australia’s best vineyards doesn’t hurt either!

Australian Imports

Shipments of household goods and personal effects are allowed duty-free entry into Adelaide (and the entirety of Australia) if you have owned and used all items for at least 12 months prior to importation. Like all international moves, there will be lots of paperwork prior and post customs. However, Britannia Movers International will help you with the entire process.

You and each member of your family must hold a valid passport and visa to enter Adelaide.

Australian Customs Restrictions

The Australian government place great importance on protecting the country’s unique ecosystems and as a result have stringent rules in place for what is or isn’t allowed into the country.

Prohibited items are as follows:

  • Dangerous breeds of dogs
  • Psychoactive substances
  • Suicide devices

The following items are categorised as restricted and require written permission to bring these into the country:

  • Antibiotics
  • Cat and dog fur products
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Endangered animals and plants
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Growth hormones
  • Fish and toothfish
  • Hazardous waste
  • Knives and daggers
  • Money boxes
  • Pencils or paintbrushes
  • Tobacco

Moving Pets to Adelaide

We understand pets are part of the family and why we work with a trusted partner to ensure your beloved pet can have a safe and stress-free transit to Adelaide. Australia has strict regulations when it comes to import of animals into the country. Therefore, from vaccinations, permits and documentation required for import, our partners will be able to assist you and make the process as smooth as possible.

The following are required for most pets:

  • At least 12 weeks of age
  • Microchip
  • Pet passport
  • Rabies vaccination
  • Tapeworm treatment (dogs only)

Taking Your Car to Adelaide

If you’d like to ship your vehicle to Adelaide, Britannia Movers can make it happen. Your car will need to comply with Australian standards and be subject to approval for importation.  If approved, do be aware that duty charges will apply.

Money Transfer

To help you to transfer funds or perhaps make international payments when you arrive in Adelaide, Britannia Movers International can recommend trustworthy currency exchange services to protect you from the exchange rate fluctuations.

Moving to Adelaide from the UK

Flying from the UK to Adelaide is quite the journey, taking over 22 hours. There are a range of flights to choose from and some include stopovers in particular countries. Do bear in mind that if you choose the USA as the stopover, you will need to go through customs to fly over the country! The recent historic non-stop commercial flight, which take 17 hours in total is a new option for flyers. However, the destinations within Australia are limited at the moment to Perth and Melbourne.

Visas for Adelaide

To be able to live and work in Adelaide, you will require an Australian visa. There are many visa options to choose from but thankfully the Australian Department of Immigration has a handy visa finding tool to make your life easier.  Britannia Movers International are also on hands to assist you through this process and any question you may have.

To live in Adelaide permanently,  the following options are available:

  • Skilled work visa (sponsored or nominated)
  • Skilled work visa (not sponsored or nominated)
  • Distinguished talent visa
  • Invest or business visa
  • Parent, child or family member visa
  • Partner or spouse visa

If you are at all unsure about your visa options for Adelaide, do get in touch with us today on 0845 600 6661 or visit the Australian Department of Immigration website.

Living in Adelaide

The capital of South Australia, Adelaide has a population of 1.3 million people. It is one of Australia’s most popular cities with expats due to its agreeable climate and low-cost accommodation prices compared to other Australian cities. Furthermore, Adelaide is dependent on expats – with 5,000 foreigners needed yearly to further develop its economy – meaning there are always employment opportunities open to newbies.

Adelaide Weather

Many compared Adelaide’s climate to that of Mediterranean countries; mild winters and warm, dry summers. Summer temperatures tend to hover around 29°C, whereas winter temperatures fall to an average of 15°C.

December to February is summer in Adelaide and the beaches will be particularly busy during this period as temperatures can soar up to 40°C, but tend to average around 30°C. Despite the heat and zero rainfall, summers are bearable in Adelaide due to low humidity.

Following summer, around March to May, is the autumn period. There is little rainfall during this period and temperatures tend to fall between 15°C and 25°C.

Winter in Adelaide falls over June, July and August. This is the coolest time of year, but temperatures are still a pleasant 8°C to 15°C. This tends to be the wettest period of the year, with an average of 80mm of rain falling in June alone – the wettest month.

Lastly. September to November is the spring period.

Adelaide Average Temperatures and Rainfall

  Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temp °C 23 22 20 16 15 12 11 12 14 16 19 20
Rainy Days 7 6 7 10 13 16 16 16 15 13 10 9

Jobs for Expats in Adelaide

Whilst employment levels and wages do not match those of other typically more popular Australian cities there are opportunities for expats in Adelaide. Many of Adelaide’s young graduates are heading to the likes of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – leaving the way clear for foreign graduates.

Most expats find jobs in the healthcare and education sectors; both of which are due to high numbers of younger and older people. Schools in Adelaide are often continuously recruiting for teachers and administrators to meet the needs of their growing student body.

Other areas expats often find employment include:

  • The government
  • IT
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality

Finding a Job in Adelaide

Once your CV is up to scratch you can start seeking employment in Adelaide. Registering with recruitment agencies is a bonus. Whilst they can be hit or miss, often they will find temporary jobs at the very least to get you started.

Local newspapers in Adelaide such as The Advertiser and the Messenger often list job vacancies, with the majority being in the industry, trade or hospitality fields.

However, the majority of expats find work by scouring the online job platforms such as Indeed, Seek and Career One.


The Australian education system is globally renowned and expats moving to Adelaide can rest assured the city has plenty of high-quality public and private schools. Whilst there are international schools in the city, it is important to start the application process as soon as possible as places are limited.

Compulsory schooling runs from the ages of six to 16 with children attending both primary and secondary education.

Most children from expat families attend their local public school and benefit from integrating with their Australian peers and becoming part of society. The only reason some children attend one of Adelaide’s private schools is for religious reasons.

Cost of Living in Adelaide

The good news is Adelaide, when compared to other areas in Australia, has the lowest cost of living. The city has considerably lower than average prices  – for example, rental prices in Adelaide are around 40% less than those in cities such as Sydney. This significant price difference does not just apply to property, with other everyday items below average when compared with other Australian cities, such as petrol, gym membership, cinema tickets and a pint of beer.

Australian Currency

The Australian Dollar is the country’s official currency and is used in Adelaide and throughout the country. It is often shown as AUS, $A or $. Each dollar is made up of 100 cents and notes come as 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 AUD. Denominations of coins include 1 and 2 AUD and 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.

Opening a Bank Account in Adelaide

Many major banks in Adelaide will allow you to open up an account with them prior to you arriving in the country, some of them up to a year before.

Britannia Movers recommend that you do this at the very latest, within six-weeks of your arrival. During this period banks will give you grace and you won’t be required to provide proof of address and utility bills to open an account, after this period opening account might be more difficult.

Some of the most popular banks in Adelaide are Westpac, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and National Australia Bank.

Cost of Everyday Items

Take a look at some of the items you are likely to purchase regularly whilst living in Adelaide below. Prices are shown in Australian Dollars and converted to UK pounds so you can see how prices match up.

Item Price $A Price Converted to £
Milk (1 litre) 1.28 0.72
Loaf of white bread 2.04 1.14
Eggs (12) 4.97 2.78
Bananas (1kg) 3.05 1.81
Chicken breasts (1kg) 11.70 6.54
Bottle of wine 21 11.73
Pair of quality jeans 102 57
Ladies chain store dress 64 35.76
Nike Trainers 142.48 79.34
Cinema tickets (2) 28 15.64
Gym membership 53 29.61
Broadband internet 60 33.52

Eating Out in Adelaide

If you live in Adelaide you have to visit the Adelaide Central Market. Opened in 1869, it is celebrated as the world’s best food market, with over 80 vendors selling fresh produce. Being undercover means you can visit whatever the weather.

Adelaide was one of Australia’s foodie hotspots during the 90s but this stalled after the millennium. Now with new vigour, the area has been blessed with new chefs and restaurants, adding a fresh dynamic to the city’s food culture.

From Chinese and Italian to Korean and Mexican, you can truly experience authentic flavours of the world whether you’re picking up breakfast or dining alfresco in Adelaide.

Public Transport in Adelaide

Adelaide has the Adelaide Metro – an extensive array of buses, trains and trams that all work together throughout the city and its outskirts. Expats will need to purchase a Metrocard to use these services. Whilst you can purchase tickets, the Metrocard presents more convenient access and cheaper fares.

Some public transport routes in Adelaide are free. The 97A shuttle bus route, as well as the City Connector buses on routes 98A, 98C, 99A and 99C are all free to travel on. The city also provides a free tram services from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to South Terrace.

Other options most people utilise in Adelaide are the affordable taxis, cycling and walking. Only residents in the suburbs tend to own cars as getting around the city itself is very easy.

Renting in Adelaide

Whilst there are taller apartment buildings around the city centre, most homes to rent are in one or two story buildings. Most expats living in Adelaide find the properties available tend to be older buildings that are spacious and modest. To combat the summer heat, most homes some with air-conditioning installed.

The rental market in Adelaide, like most cities, has a quick turnaround. Properties are often available immediately and sometimes you will view homes in groups as opposed to just you and the estate agent. Smaller apartments sometimes come furnished, but most properties tend to be empty but with white goods.

It is worth remembering that rental prices are very rarely negotiable.

Buying a House in Adelaide

As an expat you need to be granted permanent residency before you will be allowed to purchase any real estate in Adelaide Like many cities around the world the housing prices will increase the closer you are to the city centre. However, Adelaide in general has some of the most affordable property prices compared to other Aussie cities.

Prior to departure it is worth researching the different properties available online and deciding which one would be best suited to your needs. After that the process is fairly straightforward, mortgage lenders in Adelaide will be able to walk you through the finer details.

Public Holidays Adelaide

There are 12 national public holidays per year in Adelaide:

  • New Year’s Day – 1stJanuary
  • Australia Day – 26thJanuary
  • Adelaide Cup – 2nd Monday in March each year
  • Good Friday – changes annually (usually March/April)
  • The day after Good Friday
  • Easter Saturday – changes annually (usually March/April)
  • Easter Monday – changes annually (usually March/April)
  • ANZAC Day – 25thApril
  • Labour Day – 4th Monday in May
  • Queen’s Birthday – 2nd Monday in June
  • Christmas Day – 25thDecember
  • Boxing Day – 26th December

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