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.

Adelaide to Mount Lofty Summit Trip | Adelaide

Mount Lofty Ranges, (named by Matthew Flinders as he sailed past in HMAS Investigator in 1802 after noticing the ranges while landing on Kangaroo Island), are a series of rounded hills to the east of Adelaide that stretch across 320km to the Peterborough region. This trip around the slopes of the Mount Lofty Ranges, and to a lookout on the highest peak, affords fine views of the city and its surr...

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 ...