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City – Museums and Gardens

Apart from the leisurely city pursuits of golf, tennis, walking and boating, Adelaide has top quality cultural things to do. For example, the Festival Theatre Centre (www.afct.org.au) on the River Torrens offers all kinds of performing arts, from opera to street entertainment. Take the Rundle Mall Discovery Trail or stroll along a Historic Walking Trail around the city and parklands.

The South Australian Museum in North Terrace (www.samuseum.sa.gov.au) includes the Science Centre, and has a good collection of Aboriginal artefacts. The Art Gallery of South Australia (www.artgallery.sa.gov.au) located on North Terrace between the Museum and the University of Adelaide, is one of Australia’s most beautiful historic buildings housing a fine art collection, including the world’s second-largest collection of Rodin sculptures.

Adelaide may as well be known as the City of the Arts, as the city council takes the arts very seriously. Look for the artichoke symbol, the multi layers of which represent, in the words of Adelaide City Council: “self-expression, creativity, sense of place and civic pride, celebrations, cultural resources, community networking and socialising, providing access, skills development, and valuing heritage” (www.adelaidecitycouncil.com).

Although Adelaide is Australia’s driest capital city, it has an abundance of parks and gardens, not least among which are the Botanical Gardens, located on the corner of East and North Terraces. The beautiful Palm House dating from 1875, the Museum of Economic Botany and guided tours of the excellent collections complement the leafy spaces and green oases open all year round. During your visit, have lunch in the Botanic Restaurant, or with the ducks by the kiosk.

The Bicentennial Conservatory at the Gardens is a showcase of tropical Australasian plants in computer-controlled hot and humid conditions (www.environment.sa.gov.au/botanicgardens). In a joint project with Adelaide Zoo, the Gardens have populated the conservatory with white-browed woodswallows and noisy pittas to control the insect pests that thrive in the tropical conditions. The conservatory has a small entry fee, which is well worth the expense for visiting this clever and innovative building.

And just in case you get the impression that Adelaide is all high culture and genteel pursuits, don’t worry: there’s plenty of nightlife, pub gigs, jazz and cabaret to entertain you through the evenings, especially in Hindley St and the West End. Visit www.adelaide.citysearch.com.au for more information.

See also:
Beaches, Port Adelaide, Historic and Stately Homes, Adelaide Hills and wineries

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