Adelaide is a new city in an old land, founded as a British colony in 1836 and now the capital of South Australia. Today, its rich mix of diverse cultures has adapted a relaxed and cosmopolitan lifestyle amidst green parks as well as 30km of beaches stretching along its suburbs. The city is famous for its al fresco eating culture and it is the centre of the Australian wine industry, with some of the best food and drinks in the world.
When Governor John Hindmarsh arrived and founded a British colony back in 1836, the Adelaide Plains had been home to the Kaurna Aboriginal people for many thousands of years. The settlement that arose on the plains has developed into one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
The centre, which lies closer to the Torrens River than to the coast, is a grid of wide graceful streets encircled by a ring of parks. This arrangement gives Adelaide an open and green atmosphere, which, coupled with the blue skies of the warm South Australian climate, make for a beautiful city.
The colonists came ashore at Port Adelaide, whose 19th-century centre is still intact and it gives the visitor a feel for the colony's early days. Adelaide soon spread out to the seashore, and now has a long line of relaxing beach suburbs that can easily be accessed by trams that run from the city centre.
The arrival of successive waves of immigrants – from Germans and Italians to Lebanese and Japanese – have given the city an enviable reputation for good food and drinks, with some of the most diverse eating opportunities within the whole world. The wine making brought by German immigrants has turned Adelaide into one of the world’s great wine producing centres.Read More