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Adelaide Tourist Attractions

Capital of South Australia
Adelaide (pop. 917,000; city region 1.5 million), Australia's fifth-largest city and one of its most gracious, lies on a stretch of coast bounded on the west by Gulf St Vincent and on the landward side by the Mount Lofty Ranges (Adelaide Hills). The city has spread steadily further eastward towards the wooded slopes of the hills, but further expansion in that direction is held back mainly by the fear of forest fires and bush fires.

North Terrace

North Terrace is lined with museums, galleries, and a number of public buildings, including the State Library.

King William Street

North Adelaide

Five bridges over the Torrens River (here dammed to form Torrens Lake) lead to the suburb of North Adelaide, which, like the city center, is laid out on a regular grid. It was designed, with its surrounding green belt, by William Light. It has preserved a number of handsome 19th C houses (e.g. Carclew House in Jeffcott Street) bearing witness to the prosperity of their owners as well as some of the closely packed houses occupied by the workers. Many of the older buildings have been restored and house elegant shops and restaurants. The Old Lion Hotel at 163 Melbourne Street is an Adelaide institution.

St Peter's Cathedral

St Peter's Cathedral in Adelaide.
St Peter's Cathedral (1869-1904) is an imposing neo-Gothic building with twin spires and fine stained-glass windows. The powerful eight-bell carillon rings on special festival days.
Address: 27 King William Road, North Adelaide, SA 5006, Australia

Montefiore Park

Montefiore Park is on the north bank of the Torrens River. On a low hill near the north side of the park is Light's Vision, a monument to William Light, founder and designer of the town.

Bonython Park

Along the Torrens River, is Bonython Park, which with its pond for sailing model boats and its play and rest areas appeals particularly to families with children.

Sightseeing Tours

The free Beeline Bus and City Loop circulate on two routes through the city center on weekdays from 8am-9:30pm (on Saturdays only until 6pm). Several Many private bus companies offer city sightseeing tours and excursions into the surrounding area. Visitors can also do their city center sightseeing in pedicabs (a type of bicycle cum rickshaw) driven by sturdy young men. Then there is the Adelaide Explorer bus which does a tour of 34km, starting from the South Australian Government Travel Centre at 18 King William Street.

Green Belt

The green belt round the city of Adelaide and its suburb North Adelaide was included in Light's original plan of 1832, and the people of Adelaide have shown themselves determined to defend these parks and gardens against any restriction or encroachment by contemporary town planners.


Adelaide Hills

Gulf St Vincent

Elizabeth, Australia

The new town of Elizabeth (pop. 35,000) was founded in 1955 and named after Queen Elizabeth II. It is considered a model example of a town designed to cope with the motor car, with separate pedestrian zones, shopping centers and parks and gardens. In this satellite town on the northern periphery of the Adelaide conurbation is the large General Motors Holden car factory.

Gawler, Australia

Gawler (pop. 14,000) lies in a thriving agricultural area near the Barossa Valley. The town, founded in 1839, was like Adelaide, planned by Colonel William Light. It has preserved some handsome 19th C buildings, including churches, hotels, a mill, a post office and a telegraph station.

Hackham, Australia

In Hackham is a Pioneer Village Museum which conveys some impression of the life of the early settlers.

St Kilda, Australia

In St Kilda is an interesting Tramway Museum, with an old-time tram which runs at certain times.
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