Adelaide, capital city of South Australia, is situated on the Torrens River between Gulf St Vincent to the west and the Mount Lofty Ranges to the east. It is a very pleasant city to visit. Cruise ships dock in the Port Adelaide Outer Harbour about 12 miles north of the centre of the city. Shuttle buses to the city centre shopping area are normally provided and take 40 minutes to make the journey. There are beaches in the Port Adelaide area but the most popular beach at at Glenelg can be reached by a tram from the city centre.
The city is named after Queen Adelaide, consort of William lV. The city layout was planned by Surveyor-General, Colonel William Light, in 1836 as a square-mile grid of wide boulevards surrounded by parks and gardens. Once known, somewhat condescendingly, as "the City of Churches", Adelaide in the past 30 years has become celebrated for its arts festival, its alfresco lifestyle, and its manageable size and pace, all enhanced by a climate in which very hot summers and warm autumns are separated by mild springs and winters.
There is a free city loop bus that covers many of the major sights in the city running along North Terrace and going through Victoria Square to the south. Shopping can be found at Rundle Mall off King William Street close to North Terrace. However, please note shops and most attractions in Adelaide close at 5pm. Beyond North Terrace is the Torrens River with tree-lined promenades and boat rides and ovelooked by the Festival Centre, the Convention Centre and the Adelaide Oval across the river.
Adelaide is studded with elegant colonial buildings, preserved fašades and a mix of traditional and fun sculpures (e.g the pigs on Rundle Mall). Along the north side of North Terrace you will find some fine architecture - Old Parliament House (now the Constitutional Museum), the Parliament House, the Adelaide Railway Station (now incorporating a casino), Government House, the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Mortlock Library, and Adelaide University's Elder and Bonython Halls. Elsewhere in the city, the Festival Centre and the Convention Centre on the Torrens, the Bicentennial Conservatory at the Botanical Gardens, St Peter's Cathedral in North Adelaide and Ayer's House at the eastern end of North Terrace.
Further afield you can visit the koalas at Cleveland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills, the German town of Hahndorf, the Fleurieu Peninsula (beaches and Mclaren Vale wineries) and the wine-growing Barossa Valley.
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