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About Adelaide

The capital of South Australia, Adelaide is situated on the eastern shore of Gulf St Vincent in the central south of the country. Hugged by the Mt Lofty Ranges, this well-laid out city has a superb position on the gulf, and is graced with beautiful parks and gardens. Many of Adelaide’s nineteenth- and early-twentieth century buildings survive without being dominated by skyscrapers, with the result that the city feels open and airy.

Adelaide’s solid stone architecture, particularly its churches and public buildings, epitomises the early Lutheran influence, so different from convict-built Sydney and gold-rush wealthy Melbourne. Shops and offices here are just as likely to be housed in elegant Victorian or Edwardian buildings than in modern complexes. Dignified and civilised, Adelaide nevertheless has its share of nightclubs, pubs and casinos, and offers something for everyone.

Adelaide’s known as the Festival City, in reference to the Adelaide Festival, and the multitude of other smaller festivals held throughout the year. Adelaide people take full advantage of their outdoor lifestyle and there are ample opportunities to spend time in the sun, whether in the city, the nearby hills or the beach.

Being flat and landscaped, Adelaide is a city walker’s dream, providing plenty of vistas, gardens and places to relax on any one of a number of Historic Walking Trails. The River Torrens meanders through the city, offering paddleboat rides and scenic cruises

Parks and gardens worth a visit include:

  1. Adelaide Botanical Gardens – including the Rose Garden
  2. Elder Park – including the Cricket Museum
  3. The Peace Park
  4. The Golf Links – two 18-hole golf courses

Adelaide city centre is literally surrounded by parks. Visit the Adelaide City Council’s website at and go to the parklands page for more information and directions. Whether you want to cycle, walk, play golf, run, mess about in boats, walk the dog, play tennis or football, there’s a park near you suitable for the purpose.

Victoria Square is the centre of Adelaide in more ways than one. At the hub of the square mile, it has a fountain in homage to the city’s founder, Colonel William Light. It’s busy with both city workers enjoying the sunshine and visitors on their way to and from the city’s other landmarks. Victoria Square is also the transit centre of the city. For routes and timetables visit

See also:
Museums, Beaches, Port Adelaide, Historic and Stately Homes, Wineries

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