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A little about Adelaide

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia. It has a population of just over 1 million. Adelaide refers to two things - the actual city centre which is the suburb called 'Adelaide', and the city plus all the suburbs surrounding the city for many kilometres around. Most people, when they say 'Adelaide', are referring to the whole area.

I love Adelaide; of course, it's my home, so I'm biased, but I think it's one of the best places to live in the world.

I must admit that Adelaide probably wouldn't be my first choice for a holiday destination, but it's a pleasant, relatively safe city, quite spacious, quite green, fairly clean, good weather, and there are a few nice touristy spots around. It's known for having a bit of a dignified/conservative atmosphere, enhanced by its reputation for the arts and good food and wine.

Adelaide boasts great arts festivals, great eating, and great beaches. South Australia features the best wine regions in Australia in the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale. Another popular site is Kangaroo Island, an island with kangaroos on it (what's in a name, huh? But there are more than just roos ^_^.).

South Australia also features many, many kilometres of barren wasteland that make it the driest state of the driest country in the world!

Geographically, the Adelaide CBD is a grid-shaped city roughly in the middle of Adelaide, surrounded by suburbs. The River Torrens runs through the centre. To the west is all coastline and beaches; to the south and east are the Adelaide Hills, which have the highest rainfall in South Australia and are generally nice and green. The highest point is in the hills, south-east of the city, Mount Lofty. It's not very mountainous or very lofty - all of South Australia is very flat! - but it's there nonetheless. ^_^.

I've heard it called the "20 minute city", because unless you're in the extreme north or south, it's usually no more than 20 minutes from anywhere to the city centre. 20 minutes or less to get to the beach, the airport, the Hills...

If you're wanting to get a feel for Australia and don't care about seeing famous landmarks (Australia probably has a total of about three of them anyway), Adelaide's a great place to go - it's kind of off the tourist track but there are still plenty of facilities, it's a bit cheaper and less crowded than the bigger cities, and just generally a nice place to be!

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  • kooka3's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    Thanks for your great tips. Can't wait to go back to Adelaide sometime. I definitely didn't have enough time to do it justice last time.

  • Oct 29, 2007 at 11:34 PM

    We took much longer than an hour at the Gaol but I guess it depends on if you want to read all their stuff coz their is heaps to see and read

  • adelaidean's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2005 at 5:14 PM

    great tips Bec...

  • perseushermes's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2005 at 9:06 PM

    HI Bec. Any photos of Flinders Ranges. We camped out there but forgot to take a pic.

  • Dec 29, 2002 at 5:45 PM

    I don't recommend Jetty Road for shopping at all. Go to Glenelg for eats, drinks and the beach and go shopping somewhere else.

  • demonia's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2002 at 12:05 AM

    Interesting warnings or dangers tip! Adelaide sounds like a calm place one would go to relax. Amazing for a 1 million inhabitants city...

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