Immigration South Australia
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Getting around is easy and there are plenty of ways to see Adelaide and wider South Australia.

From the outset, Adelaide was designed for convenience. Our city planners surrounded the central business district with parklands and established a grid network of broad roads. As Adelaide grew, many of the outlying suburbs also embraced the grid pattern. Today, traffic moves freely and easily: the Adelaide 'rush hour' is a pale imitation of its counterparts in Sydney and Melbourne and doesn't compare to larger international cities. Adelaide prides itself as a manageable city where you can spend more time where you want to be – not just getting there.

Driving is the most popular way to get around Adelaide and South Australia. Our roads are well planned and maintained and our driving rules are designed to keep us all safe.

A few things that you need to know if you’re planning to drive:

  • vehicles must be registered, meet standards of roadworthiness and be insured 
  • the speed limit within the inner urban areas (and around many suburbs) is 50km/h
  • the maximum speed limit on freeways is 110km/h 
  • expiation notices for traffic violations are issued by the South Australian Police - fines are high and repeated offenses can result in losing your licence.

More information about road rules and car registration is available from the South Australian Government information website.

If you hold a current foreign drivers licence of a particular class you can drive a vehicle of that class in South Australia if:

  • you also hold a current International Driving Permit or
  • your foreign licence is written in English or is accompanied by an English translation of the foreign licence and
  • you have not held a current permanent visa under the Commonwealth Migration Act 1958 for more than three months and you are not disqualified from driving in South Australia or elsewhere.

Permanent visa holders must get a South Australian drivers licence after three months of residence.

Students, tourists and people working in South Australia on current temporary visas are allowed to drive on their foreign licences (as above) only while their foreign licence is current.

If the foreign licence expires you must get a South Australian driver's licence.

For more information about applying for a South Australian drivers licence see the South Australian Government information website.

Regional drivers are encouraged to be alert to certain road conditions:

  • street lighting is restricted to towns
  • large animals like kangaroos and emus can cause accidents - particularly at sunrise and sunset
  • minor roads are often unsealed so keep speed low.

For other important road-related information see the South Australian Government information website.

Adelaide has low car parking costs, with 'early bird' parking in multi-story car parks costing about $15 per day in the city centre.

The inner city is well supplied with car parks. On-street metered parking is widely available and usually costs around $2/hr. 

Suburban shopping and business centres typically offer free parking for up to two hours.

Adelaide commuters are encouraged to be environmentally friendly and ride to work. Cycle lanes are available throughout the city and the majority of the road network has suitable bicycle lanes to allow a safe and speedy journey to and from your destination.

If you plan to cycle around, there are a few things to remember:

  • you must wear a helmet at all times when cycling  - this is the law
  • when using bicycle lanes or shared paths, always keep left and give way to pedestrians 
  • all bikes must be fitted with a working bell and brakes
  • front and rear lights are required for riding at night or in hazardous weather conditions
  • you must be visible from 200 metres.

Adelaide has good walking paths; every morning people are seen walking through our beautiful parklands on their way to work and study in the city.

For more information about safety, road rules for cyclists and maps se the South Australian Government information website.

For more information about walking paths see the Adelaide Parklands website.

Adelaide's public transport network is called Adelaide Metro and is made up of:

  • buses and trains to metropolitan suburbs and the city
  • free buses around the central business district
  • a tram service between Glenelg and Adelaide Entertainment Centre
  • an O-Bahn servicing the north-eastern suburbs

If you are a student you can get discounted bus tickets with your student identification card.  Make sure you carry it with you during your journey as an inspector may ask to see it.

For fares, ticketing, timetables and routes visit the Adelaide Metro website.

The state is well serviced by bus companies that connect Adelaide with the major centres. Luxury coaches are a comfortable and affordable option.

Bus SA is a network of different bus companies operating services to many parts of rural SA.  For routes and timetable information visit the Bus SA website

There are some great rail journeys departing from Adelaide.  The famous Ghan railway line operating out of Adelaide goes to Alice Springs and Darwin. The Overland takes you to Melbourne; the Indian Pacific to Perth.

For more information about travelling by train visit the Great Southern Rail website.

Adelaide Airport serves as the major gateway to South Australia with services linking with major international cities, capitals across Australia and key regional centres across the state.

Conveniently located - only 8 kilometres from the centre of the city, a 15 minute drive - the state of the art facility is the newest and most efficient aviation terminal in Australia, incorporating the latest in design and technology.

Regional airline Rex Regional Express serves the major centres around South Australia. If you need to travel interstate, most Australian cities are within a short flying time of between one and four hours. Flights are efficient, regular and affordable.

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