Adelaide Travel Guide (SA, 5000)

Capital of South Australia

Adelaide is one of the best planned cities in Australia and the country’s the fourth largest. Colonel William Light, the State's first Surveyor General, determined both the location and plan of the city in the face of severe criticism and bitter opposition. In the preface to his Brief Journal, published in 1839, Light replied to his critics as folloows: "The reasons that led me to fix Adelaide where it is I do not expect to be generally understood or calmly judged of at present. My enemies, however, by disputing their validity in every particular, have done me the good service of fixing the whole of the responsibility upon me. I am perfectly willing to bear it, and I leave it to posterity and not to them, to decide whether I am entitled to praise or blame . . . ."

Adelaide stands on a fertile plain, sloping gently from the Mount Lofty Ranges to the shores of the Gulf of St Vincent. Adelaide is noted for its broad streets. King William Street is the main thoroughfare, and North Terrace is the stateliest boulevard, containing several of the principal public buildings and the State War Memorial. At the eastern end of the Terrace is the main entrance to the Botanic Gardens.

Within easy reach of the city by train or bus are a number of mountain and seaside pleasure resorts. Behind the city are the Mount Lofty Ranges, with their gentle slopes covered with vineyards, olive groves, and almond trees; while in front is the sea coast, and the seaside resorts of Glenelg, Semaphore, and Largs, within a half-hour run.

Zoological Gardens, Adelaide | Adelaide

Zoological Gardens – entrance from Frome Road, Take Walkerville car to Pennington Terrace (one section), or walk along North Terrace to Frome Road.

Adelaide to Torrens Gorge | Adelaide

This tour through the Torrens Valley includes some of the most impressive and unusual mountain scenery in the state, and shows the fertile and intensively cultivated valleys of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Most of the valleys are given to market gardening, the soil and climatic conditions permitting the growth of an extraordinary variety of fruit, berries, flowers and vegetables. The Mount Lofty Rang...

Albert Bridge, Adelaide | Adelaide

Albert Bridge erected between 1878 and 1879 is a beautiful example of engineering construction using cast iron. The bridge spans Torrens River.

National War Memorial | Adelaide

The National War memorial occupies a prominent position on North Terrace, almost at the eastern boundary of Government House Domain. The memorial was erected by the State Government in 1931. Unusual in design, the memorial comprises two distinct aspects: the Obverse and Reverse, portraying respectively the Prologue and Epilogue of War. The Obverse, facing North Terrace, represents the Spirit of...

Public Library. North terrrace | Adelaide

The Public Library Building, first occupied in 1844, is a fine freestone structure, containing 200,000 volumes, covering all branches of knowledge except law and medicine. At the rear of the main building are The Archives, wherein are kept original documents dealing with South Australia since its foundation. The Library is situated a few minutes’ walk east from Adelaide Railway Station. A...

St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide | Adelaide

Adelaide has often been called city of churches with many notable examples of ecclesiastical buildings of all types. The grandest in scale and conception is St Peter's Cathedral constructed between 1869 and 1904 in gothic revival style.

Supreme Court, Adelaide | Adelaide

Erected in the late 1860s the Supreme Court follows Victorian classical style. The building is constructed in sandstone, a scarce material in Adelaide.

Adelaide International Airport | Adelaide International Airport

Adelaide International Airport is located approximately 6km west of Adelaide CBD. The airport's facilities include long and short term car park, car hire, public transport, information and help desks, conference facilities, bureau de change, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and extensive shopping including duty-free. The airport is operated by Adelaide Airport Limited.

Australian Carnivorous Plant Society | St Agnes

The official website of the Australian Carnivorous Plant Society established in Adelaide in 1982 and part of the world wide membership of more than 200 societies. Information is available on shows, books and purchase of seeds.

Boomerang Art | Glenelg

A small family business established in 1995. The website contains an online gallery with a massive variety of authentic Aboriginal art.

Botanic Gardens, North Terrace | Adelaide

The Botanic Gardens, at the eastern end of North Terrace, are laid out in lawns, flower beds and ornamental lakes and cover about 40 acres. Among the features are a series of green and hot-houses, one of which was specially built to contain the Victoria regia, a gigantic water-lily, which was discovered and brought from the Amazon Valley by Sir Robert Schomburgk, the explorer, and a brother of an ...

Botanic Hotel, Adelaide | Adelaide

Erected in 1877 Botanic Hotel displays the splendid exuberance of Victorian style and traditions of 19th century Australian pub architecture.

Carclew House, Adelaide | Adelaide

Carclew House is an amazing Edwardian design home with gables, verandas and Juliette balconies.

Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide | Adelaide

Situated on Grand Avenue, North Terrace Holy Trinity was the first church to be built in South Australia. The original stone chapel was erected in 1838 and enlarged in 1840. The rugged bluestone tower was added in 1888.

Medina Grand Adelaide Treasury | Adelaide

In 2002 this Heritage Listed, sandstone building and former Treasury was beautifully converted to an apartment hotel. Medina Grand Adelaide Treasury offers luxury apartments including 79 studio rooms as well as 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with sitting room, bedroom, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom with laundry facilities. Nearby attractions include 135 year old central market on Tuesday and Th...

National History Museum | Adelaide

The National History Museum Building, opened in 1895, houses a number of interesting exhibits. Among these is a complete skeleton of a huge pre-historic Diprotodon which was a marsupial as big as a rhinoceros. Its bones, together with those of a giant wombat, several species of extinct kangaroos, and a large extinct bird of the ostrich type, were discovered in 1892 at Lake Callabonna. The ethno...