A guide to office space in Adelaide
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The capital of the state of South Australia, Adelaide is the fifth largest Australian city behind Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The city is a major commercial centre and the seat of government of South Australia. As such a number of financial and governmental institutions are found here. The economy of the city is largely made up from its large defence and manufacturing sectors along with high-tech electronics systems and research, retail trade and commodity export.

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The location

Less than a 30-minute drive to the beaches and with the airport just seven kilometres from the city centre, Adelaide is a city where you’re never far from the action. With a diverse cultural mix and a hot Mediterranean climate, ideal for the abundance of local vineyards, it’s not hard to see why this place always ranks highly in liveability surveys.

Neighbouring areas - price comparisons, per person per month

The prices given below are the minimum to maximum average cost for serviced offices, per person per month, derived from our Sales Team's knowledge.
Area Indicative price range
Adelaide AUD400 – 900
Brisbane AUD600 – 1000
Melbourne AUD600 – 1200
Perth AUD600 – 1000 
Sydney  AUD600 – 1200 

Adelaide Oval

Looking for an office in Adelaide

Location is key when looking for office space in Adelaide. While the city isn’t the biggest in the world, each area has its own clear benefits. The fringe areas of the city are convenient for commuters with lots of parking available, West Adelaide is close to the airport, but for companies who just have to have the city address and presence, the CBD really is the only option.   


Prices in Adelaide are considerably cheaper when compared with other Australian cities. Prices currently range from $400 – 700 in the outskirts of the city, rising to $700 – 900 per person, per month for serviced offices in prime locations in the centre of the city. When looking at serviced offices keep in mind that these costs usually cover a variety of amenities and as such can offer great value for money.

Office sizes

While most companies in Australia don’t choose to have their corporate headquarters in Adelaide (unless they started out there), many national and international companies understand the importance of having a presence in the city. As such Instant Offices often get requirements for smaller spaces to accommodate satellite offices. Having said this Instant Offices are able to accommodate most inquiries, from one person through to 100 or more depending on the specifics. 

Why choose Adelaide?

As stated, one of the major benefits for companies moving to Adelaide is the considerably lower rental prices in comparison to other major Australian cities. Adelaide and the wider South Australia region is also one of the top wine producing areas in the world, with well-known brands such as Jacob’s Creek found here. With great weather, great wine and spacious parklands, Adelaide is a great city to live, work and play.

Five things you probably didn’t know about Adelaide:

  • Adelaide’s Botanic Garden has the largest and oldest glasshouses in the Southern hemisphere
  • The city has the most restaurants per head of population in the whole of Australia
  • Sometimes known as the ’20 minutes city’ meaning anywhere within the city can be reached within a 20-minute walk
  • The South Australian Museum on North Terrace houses the largest collection of Aboriginal culture and artefacts in the world
  • The City of Adelaide was named after Queen Adelaide of England, the wife of King William IV, who lived from 1792 to 1849
Adelaide CBD

A closer look at Adelaide

A planned city, Adelaide was designed in a grid format by the first surveyor-general of South Australia, Colonel William Light. Suburban expansion has somewhat meant the city is more sprawling than it once was, yet the original design means that the city still benefits from wide multi-lane roads and is easy to navigate. 

Popular areas in which to rent office space are: 

Adelaide CBD:

  • Ideal for companies that require a prestigious South Australia address
  • Square mile popular with companies involved in banking and finance in the middle and north of the city centre, around King William Street
  • Major companies located in the CBD include Santos, one of Australia’s largest oil companies, and Argo Investments
North Adelaide:

  • Predominantly a residential precinct
  • Coopers, a prominent South Australian brewery is just a bit further north from this area
  • Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide Aquatic Centre and the Adelaide Oval can all be found on the edge of North Adelaide, along with many green spaces
  • Situated just over a half hour drive north of the centre of Adelaide
  • Home to the principal government military research institution, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation
  • Popular with defence technology companies, including Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems
  • Another industrial suburb located north-west of Adelaide 
  • Port of Adelaide located here
  • Saab Systems and Raytheon have a presence here

*Last edited on 28 April 2015

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