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Where is the Worst Suburb in Adelaide?

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by Amelia Warrandyte (subscribe)
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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
Image: by Orderinchaos, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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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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|7) 2210 days ago
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|6) 2245 days ago
Probably where you live.
by helya (score: 1|74) 2210 days ago
Meh... I dunno... I rented in Dulwich (Burnside-adjacent) and really enjoyed it. I liked the cafes at Burnside Village, and that everyone was well-dressed made it easy-on-the-eye.
I've also lived in Elizabeth and Love the Shopping there. The public transport to the northern suburbs is superb!
I loved living in the Western suburbs, from Thebarton to Semaphore... Easy access to city and beach.
Athelstone was quaint, though a bit too far from the CBD...
Rostrevor was nice for a while, too...
Hmm. From visiting Hallett Cove, I love Hallett Cove; the rolling green hills, the coast...
Every area has something good going for it. You just have to be open to see what it has to offer.
by Bowen Bowie-Woodham (score: 2|112) 2098 days ago
Burnside is unequivocally the worst neighbour. Won't amalgamate as rates are extraordinarily low; - the rest of us must pay rates that subsidise services and those exempt from rates, not sure why a small bubble should be immune. Parking is a nightmare; cars
on both sides of narrow streets, and its worse as a pedestrian - people parked on verges along the upper part of Greenhill, forcing walkers into the road. A lot of the streets which access parks which are public have no footpath because gardens extend to the gutter. I agree, Snowtown and Elizabeth are both friendly to visitors.
by Diane (score: 1|80) 640 days ago

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