Adelaide Locality Guide
"A city of parks, wide streets and wonderful people - there's always something on"
One of the most Beautiful and Organised Cities in Australia
Often called the 'City of Churches', Adelaide strides the Torrens River with beautiful parks and gardens completely surrounding the inner city. This large green belt of natural bush, gardens and parks is the setting of many cycling tracks and hiking trails. The city has preserved many of its original limestone and sandstone churches and public buildings that were built by the early settlers. Adelaide is a very well laid out city, thanks to its designer Colonel William Light, making it easy to get around and traffic jams are almost non existent. Whether you are heading to one of the beautiful beaches, the hills or the inner city itself, there are always more than a couple of options or routes to take to get there.
Adelaide over the decades has been a busy port and central business district for much of the farming, mining and agricultural districts of South Australia. The paddle steamers plying their trade along the Murray River were linked to Adelaide via Morgan and Swan Reach and the northern industrial city ports of Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla were central to the mining towns inland and were in turn supplied from the central wharves of Port Adelaide.
In winter and spring Adelaide is particularly beautiful with the structured gardens and woodlands coming to life with the winter rains. In autumn the hills especially sprout colour with autumn leaves decorating the trees and shrubs. The Germanic influence from early settlers can be seen everywhere and it makes a picturesque city and environs with some great bakeries, pubs and eateries to enjoy, and the food they produce is very nice as well as the architecture.
Surrounding Adelaide are the magnificent wine country vineyards of Coonawarra, Hahndorf, the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and the Clare Valley. There are plenty of places to explore all within easy reach of Adelaide, like the Mount Lofty Ranges in the Adelaide Hills, Granite Island at Victor Harbour and Kangaroo Island. The train ride into the hills is truly enjoyable and the picturesque Coorong where the mighty Murray River finds its way into the Great Southern Ocean past picturesque Hindmarsh Island provides a great day out for a scenic drive.
The long stretch of peaceful beaches on the western edge of the suburbs are easy to get to and the unique Glenelg Tram takes the tourist right from the center of the city direct to the very popular beach and seaside setting with its special array of shops and eateries. The tree-lined pathway that extends along the stretch of sand to the north and south provides a great view of the setting sun on the sparkling waters of St Vincent's Gulf.
South Australians, like all Aussies, love their sport and the Adelaide Oval environs are home to major cricket and football matches as well as the prestigious finale to the Tour Downunder cycle race in January that is fast becoming popular with world riders and professional teams; all within walking distance from the main railway station and city centre with its plentiful accommodation and restaurants.
Adelaide is rich in arts and culture. A walk along North Terrace will bring you to the Adelaide Botanical Garden or the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery in the South Australian Museum. Visit the fascinating National Aboriginal Cultural Institute - Tandanya, and do not forget to see the National Wine Centre.
Adelaide has a fabulous lifestyle, offering a high standard of living, great beaches, world-renowned wine districts with many well-known vineyards and boutique wineries only a short distance from the city. It is also a great jump-off point to the Outback. There are wonderful restaurants, dozens of cafe's and the city has been voted by those in the know as one of the top 10 places in the world to live in.
Regardless to your intention in visiting, you WILL find time to relax, and to get amongst the action Adelaide has much to offer.