Destination Information - Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide is the jewel of the state of South Australia. A sensitively planned colonial style settlement, when you're walking its wide thoroughfares it's hard to believe that this is a city of over a million inhabitants.
Adelaide today in fact is very little different from the city planned by its founder Captain William Light, still retaining the roughly grid pattern of streets, established more than 150 years ago. The city has been careful to preserve its history and culture, and even in the central business district you'll find offices are as likely to be housed behind Victorian façades of immaculate wood and ironwork as behind modern concrete and glass. Taking one of the historical tours through the older quarters evokes a European city of more than a century past.
But in everything else Adelaide is a progressive, forward-thinking city. It is known as the Festival City of Australia, mainly due to its hugely successful festival of arts and the associated fringe celebration. The cultural institutions are rich and varied and there is always something going on for lovers of the theatre and performing arts.
Compared to Southeast giants Melbourne and Sydney, visitors find Adelaide more Australian in character. It is on the borders of some of the most accessible areas of the Outback, and is one of the best jumping off points for touring the great expanse of the bush, a surprisingly varied territory, and not the vast dusty emptiness many people expect. The Barossa Valley to the north is a verdant wine-growing region, and the Flinders Range offers some spectacular hill and valley walking.
The sheltered waters of the bay add to the effortless beauty of the city, the calm blue waters of the Southern Ocean are perfect for watersports and sailing, and beach culture is as alive and well here as it is anywhere in Australia.