Discover Adelaide
Sunny and cozy city

Australian capital of art and winemaking

DIstricts of Adelaide

Administratively, Adelaide is divided into 19 boroughs. Each is headed by a council whose members are elected in local elections. As far as territorial division is concerned, the city is quite unusual in this respect. Looking at it from above, it resembles a grid of roughly equal squares formed by five squares in the center, with wide streets radiating from them. Thanks to this layout, Adelaide is still free of the difficulties that all growing cities face. The streets are wide and straight, not circular, allowing easy passage of cars, and the center is well protected by a green belt of parks and squares. By the way, Adelaide is called the city of 20 minutes — that's the time it takes to get anywhere in the city. And for that, the citizens still thank William Light.

Population of Adelaide

Adelaide is the fifth most populous city in Australia. The population here is aging a little faster than the national average. Today, 26.7% of the city's residents are over 55 years old. It also has the smallest number of children under 15 years. The number of residents born in other countries is just under 24%. The majority are from England, Scotland, Italy, Vietnam, and Greece. The majority of Adelaide's population is Christian of various denominations, and about a quarter of residents do not consider themselves believers at all.

As in many cities, there are slightly more women than men. Citizens of Adelaide are all very polite, helpful, and sociable, but their English takes some getting used to. There is a peculiar way of speaking where some of the sounds are swallowed, forming many unusual conversational abbreviations, for example, "G*day" instead of "good day".

Brief history of Adelaide

Until the early 30s of the XIX century, when the British arrived here, the site of today's city was the hunting grounds of the Kaurna people: swampy marshes on the coast, thickets of low-growing bushes, and numerous kangaroos. Colonel William Light, the founding father of Adelaide, chose the new South Australian colony site carefully. Just as carefully, he thought out its construction plan. Unlike many Australian towns, whose first inhabitants were free passengers of the English fleet, the convicts, free citizens settled in Adelaide: the British, the Irish, and later, Germans. It was the gathering place for freethinkers and the most progressive thinkers of the day. And so, the city became a center for civil liberties and religious freedom. Adelaide is still called the City of Churches. It recognized Aboriginal rights and gave women the right to vote on an equal footing with men. The city was named after Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV. The first settlers focused on farming and stock breeding. Later, silver and other minerals, including copper, were discovered around Adelaide. While the whole of Australia suffered a serious economic crisis at the end of the XIX century, Adelaide escaped relatively unscathed. The beginning of the XX century saw the appearance of electric streetcars and electric street lamps, and manufacturing and construction industries began to develop. After World War II, the city started to develop engineering and shipbuilding, and in 1955, an international airport was opened.

The best time to visit Adelaide

Adelaide is the driest of all major Australian cities because it is located in a Mediterranean climate zone. It receives most of its rainfall in winter and very little in summer. Australians are our antipodes, with summer from December to February, winter from June to August, spring from September to November, and autumn from March to May. There is no exhausting heat because of the low humidity, and the best period to visit Adelaide is from November to March.

Useful notes

Things to do in Adelaide

  • Devote a few days to leisurely strolls around the city. Admire the chic Victorian buildings, marvel at the number of churches and cathedrals, sit on benches in shady squares and parks, and check out the monumental central city market. Try to get a sense of Adelaide's laid-back attitude, take selfies with unusual monuments and groups of statues, such as the hilarious piggies that block the way for pedestrians in the city center.
  • It is easier to understand Adelaide itself and Australia as a whole at the unique Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. This unique museum contains clothing, drawings, weapons, utensils, and even musical instruments of various tribes. Only members of the very indigenous peoples of South Australia work here as guides. There are daily Aboriginal shows with ceremonial songs and dances and a shop at the center where you can buy authentic, local handicrafts.
  • Get to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide's main tourist attraction. Wander the trails, hoping to see a cautious wombat, echidna, or some other equally unusual animal representatives of this continent. They are kept here in practically free conditions, and it is always a factor of luck to meet them. And also, admire the unique rocks created by wind and water for millions of years. They certainly do not hide from the tourists. The local colonies of sea lions and seals are less mobile and always ready for a photoshoot.
  • Spend your day at Glenelg Beach in Holdfast Bay. In addition to gentle sea waves and white sand, dolphins are the highlight of the bay. You can also take a walk on the long pier, which extends into the ocean for almost 400 meters.
  • Cruise down the Murray River on a steamboat, an exact replica of those that sailed these waters more than a century ago. This ride gives unforgettable views of Australian nature. By the way, the route is popular not only with tourists but also with the locals.
  • See the largest water lily in the world, Victoria amazonica, which is the pride of the local botanical garden. There is a separate pavilion for it. By the way, this garden is a place where you can walk endlessly. It was founded in the XIX century, and its collection includes hundreds of plants from different corners of the globe. And many of the specimens are also over a hundred years old. Swans and ducks walk along its paths, begging visitors for food, and flying foxes doze over their heads in the crowns of trees, wrapped snugly in their leathery wings.
  • Taste some delicious Australian wine on a trip to the Barossa Valley. There are about 50 farms and large and not-so-large, family-owned wineries here, 60 kilometers from Adelaide, by the North Para River. This is the state's premier wine region, with unique vineyards and even a small museum where tourists can learn more about the culture and traditions of winemaking.
  • See the pandas. They are perfectly nestled in the local zoo next to native Australian kangaroos, koalas, and another 300 species of animals: meerkats, sea lions, giraffes, Sumatran tigers. In general, Adelaide Zoo is a fascinating place, and a few hours are not enough for a walk here. This is one of the oldest zoos in Australia. Its exposition is divided into several parts for the convenience of visitors.

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