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Port Adelaide

Like so many of Australia’s early settlements, Port Misery’s name evokes the tribulations and privations of Europeans arriving in this strange land. Today nearby Port Adelaide is still a functioning port with well-preserved nineteenth-century streetscapes and the accompanying traditional pubs. In keeping with the waterfront image, there is a Fisherman’s Wharf Market, best on Sundays and public holidays; the Maritime Museum, which includes immigrants’ stories; and the Port Dock Railway Museum for trainspotters.

It may come as a surprise to visitors, but the Port River estuary and Barker Inlet hosts a pod of bottlenose dolphins. These lovely creatures are the subject of a new permanent exhibition sponsored by SA Water at the South Australian Maritime Museum (www.history.sa.gov.au/maritime/maritime.htm). Films, interactive displays, graphics and touch screens form the display, which raises questions about how dolphins should be studied: as individuals with personalities or as scientific specimens.

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