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Where is the Worst Suburb in Adelaide?

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by Emma Jane Warren (subscribe)
Published November 22nd 2016
A lot of suburbs around Adelaide get an unfairly poor reputation for themselves. They are teased and ridiculed for being 'too bogan' or for having a concerning past.

For example, Elizabeth ("Lizbef") and Davoren Park are sometimes referred to as Boganvilla - where every man and his dog are wearing trackpants and a wife-beater.

There's also towns like Snowtown that may have made newspaper headlines in the late 1990s for all the wrong reasons. Let's not go into that....

But, this article is going to be switching things up. I'm sick of these suburbs and towns copping the smack.

Elizabeth has one of the most spacious and clean shopping centres in the state. And the down to earth hospitality in the Northern suburbs is positively warming. Oh, and those who have the guts to travel to Snowtown will realise that it has a remarkable lookout over the pink Bumbunga salt lake.

So here it goes.

I am naming BURNSIDE as Adelaide's worst suburb.

burnside adelaide's bogan worst suburb posh hate
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How dare they be positioned in such a prime location - minutes from the city and right next to the popular Adelaide Hills. What right do they have to plant their expensive houses there and get some expensive views to match the aesthetic of their expensive, happy lifestyles?

These abnormal Burnside residents wander around Burnside Village Shopping Centre and actually buy things. Yes, with real money. I know - it's truly unbelievable that anybody can afford the designer items in that place.

According to a very reliable source that was written somewhere in sometime somehow, the word Burnside derives from the word 'posh'.

Which makes perfect sense - because it is the ideal phrase to describe the area. It's also the exact reason why Burnside is Adelaide's worst suburb.

Where do you think the worst suburb in Adelaide is?
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Mawson Lakes would get my vote. It is completely devoid of any character or soul. Driving around Mawson Lakes, particularly in the shopping precinct, you could easily be forgiven for thinking you were in a scene from The Omega Man or some other film where mankind has been wiped out. There is no one to be seen and it always seems eerily quiet.
I had previously thought only Canberra was Australia's creepiest location but I think Mawson Lakes has it covered.
by greg (score: 0|5) 142 days ago
It seems like the writer live in Burnside or similar posh places, and has a New Year resolution to make people living in "lesser-than-ideal" suburb feel better, admirable intention but might come across as awkward. Take the mask off and try again!
by ronta (score: 0|3) 107 days ago
Probably where you live.
by helya (score: 1|38) 107 days ago

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