Getting to know the city of Adelaide:
Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia. This is the fifth most populous city of Australia. Falling on the north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide is located between Gulf St Vincent and Mount Lofty Ranges.
Adelaide sports a hot summer Mediterranean climate. Summers in this city are hot dry, while winters are somewhat mild. Precipitation is witnessed mostly during the winters. During summers, rainfall is unreliable, light and infrequent. However, it gets a little reliable during winters. June is the wettest month in Adelaide. Overall, the city is very windy. Snowfall is an uncommon phenomenon in this city.
Being the fifth largest city in Australia, Adelaide is home to a metropolitan population. A major section of people residing in this city fall in the older age group that is of 55 years and more. Adelaide houses lowest number of children as compared to the other cities in Australia. Most of the people residing in this city are Catholics. This is followed by Anglicans, United Church and Eastern Orthodox believers. Adelaide is world famous over as a religiously tolerant city. This has led to it being conferred with the title, “The City of Churches”.
Quite a few people living in Adelaide are employed in health care and social assistance industry. This is followed by employment in fields of retail trade, manufacturing, defense, technology, high tech electronic systems and research, commodity export and other related service industries. Out of the total car production in Australia, a sufficient portion is manufactured in Adelaide.
The field of education is held in high regard in Adelaide. The South Australian Government as well as educational institutions based in this city as seen striving hard to position Adelaide as “Australia’s educational hub” as well as “Learning City”. Apart from institutions offering primary and secondary education, there are four well known Universities situated in this city, which include The Flinders University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Torrens University Australia. A wide range of research institutes are located in this city, the most popular one being the Royal Institution of Australia, which came up in the year 2009.
Adelaide is seen as a wholesome transport hub, mainly due to its east-west and north-south connections. This city sports a widespread public transportation system, which is managed by and known as Adelaide Metro. Adelaide houses one freeway and three expressways. Few years back, road transport was absolutely simplified in this city with people being able to travel from the outskirts to the main city in flat 20 minutes time. However, growing road traffic has led to congestion all over the city. Adelaide houses two commercial airports namely, Adelaide Airport and Parafield Airport.
Sports, Media & Art in Adelaide:
Popular games in Adelaide include Australian Rules football, association football, Cricket, Netball and Basketball. This city is home to two professional basketball teams, namely, Adelaide 36ers, which is the men’s team and Adelaide Lightning, which is the women’s team, both of which play in the National Basketball League Australia and Women’s National Basketball League respectively. For 10 years that is from 1985 to 1995, the Australian Grand Prix for Formula One was hosted by Adelaide at the Adelaide Street Circuit. One professional netball team known as the Adelaide Thunderbirds is based in this city. The World Solar Challenge race also takes place in Adelaide
As far as the media scene is concerned, publications by News Corporation are seen dominating the city. This is because Adelaide is the birthplace of News Corporation. Five Australian national television networks broadcast high definition digital services in this city. Similarly, twenty radio stations are active all over Adelaide.
Adelaide is an art friendly city. A number of happening festivals such as Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Writer’s Week, FEAST, Tasting Australia, the Royal Adelaide show as well as WOMADelaide take place in this city. The Adelaide Festival Centre and the South Australian Film Corporation are located in Adelaide.
Things to do in Adelaide:
River Torrens: Once in Adelaide head straight to River Torrens, which flows from Adelaide Hills to Henley Beach. If relaxation is a priority for you, then begin by lazing down on the beachside. Here, you can take a ride on either Popeye or a paddle boat.
Adelaide Hills: A mere twenty minutes drive from the city is sure to take you to Adelaide Hills. Once at this place, you will be left smitten by the mesmerizing beauty that surrounds you. This happens to be one of the most picturesque locations in Adelaide. On reaching your destination, you can wander through the villages of Stirling, Hahndorf and Aldgate.
Go Wine Tasting: As a visitor to Adelaide, you should definitely make South Australian Wine Tasting a part of your to do list. You can engage in wine tasting at some popular wine regions such as Barossa, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and McLaren Vale.
Discover Australian Wildlife: If you wish to closely acquaint yourself with animals native to Australia, then plan a visit to Cleland Conservative Park, Gorge Wildlife Park and even Kangaroo Island for that matter. You will be able to have encounters with kangaroos, koalas, emus, wallabies and echidnas at the above locations.
Cruise the Murray River: Get onboard the PS Murray Princess in order to cruise the Murray River. Right from astonishing rock formations to abundant bird and wildlife, you will be able to explore one and all on this cruise engagement. Let us not forget the little port that would meet you on the way.
Try Native Delicacies: If you wish to set on a gastronomical tour, then you can try out ‘N’ number of specialty items at the Adelaide Central Markets. You can also parcel a few items for your scheduled picnics and day outs.
Go Shopping: Adelaide has a variety of destinations, where you can literally shop till you drop. These places essentially include the Rundle Mall, East End, King William Road, Burnside Village, The Parade and Harbour Town to list down a few.