Adelaide is a new city in an old land, founded as a British colony in 1836 and now the capital of South Australia.
Today, the city’s rich mix of diverse cultures have adapted a relaxed and cosmopolitan lifestyle which is coupled with endless green parklands and 30km of sandy beaches for residents to enjoy.
Before the British colony was established, Adelaide was populated by the Kaurna aboriginal people. Sadly, the invaders did not want to live harmoniously with the land’s indigenous owners the native language, culture and history was almost completely erased.
Isolated from both the east and west coasts of Australia, Adelaide was once considered Australia’s forgotten city. Adelaide’s isolation, compact size and unique history will appeal to anyone looking for something a little bit different.
The city’s proximity to three great wine regions, the Adelaide Hills and Barossa, the Clare and McLaren Valley, and wilderness destinations, such as Kangaroo Island add to the appeal.
For animal lovers, Koalas and Roos may also be seen in the Adelaide Hills, eastern foothill suburbs and the Mitcham Hills areas. Koalas are generally nocturnal so they are usually at rest high up in trees during the day.
Once known as the City of Churches, Adelaide is now carving out a niche as a global party town, hosting major events such as the Adelaide Fringe, Womadelaide, Tour Down Under and Clipsal 500 motor event. The stylish refurbishment of the Adelaide Oval consolidates its role as a major sporting destination.
In 1837, Adelaide was designed with a New York-style road grid. The key to it is the North-South main drag, King William Street, crossed by East-West streets named for various colonial founders. So far so simple. It gets tricky because all the E-W streets change their names on reaching King William. The reason? A commoner should never cross a king.
The city is at peace with its sleepy reputation, safe in the knowledge that it’s quietly getting on with some really cool stuff. As well as the huge Riverbank redevelopment and burgeoning Laneway café/bar precinct, Adelaide is producing one of the world’s fastest road cars (the blistering Brabham BT62R), its film studios have never been busier, Succession actor Sarah Snook came whisker-close to an Emmy and old North Terrace is now home to the new Space Agency.
Craving some salt on the skin? The vibrant village of Glenelg is a friendly beach village which is full of golden beach sands, amusement parks, water slides, arcade games, and rides.
TIP: Visit the exhibits of local and national history, or join a dolphin spotting cruise to see the friendly animals up close and personal.
Adelaide, the home of eating out, has more restaurants per person than any other city in Australia, a nation abundant with good food and the pleasures of al fresco dining. The city’s cultural mix – from Thai to Italian and Indian to Lebanese – offers a bewildering array of cuisines for you to enjoy, complemented by the incredible range of fresh vegetables, fruits, seafood and meats available in South Australia.
Adelaide is a modern, vibrant and interesting city bounded by sandy beaches and filled with green parklands. Residents are blessed with countless job opportunities and countless events and activities around the year. Give it a try, you won’t regreat it!
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