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New South Wales
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South Australia & Northern Territory
In The Know
Did You Know?
South Australia's capital was first settled in December 1836, when HMS Buffalo docked at Glenelg with her `cargo' of free settlers. Unlike many Australian cities, Adelaide was planned - Englishman Colonel William Light was responsible for the grid of city-centre streets. Adelaide was once known as the `City of Churches' and for its staid, conservative citizens, but today the million or so population enjoys an enviable lifestyle and a Mediterranean climate.Surrounded by large areas of parkland, and with the Adelaide Hills forming a splendid backdrop, Adelaide's compact and mostly flat city centre is a delightful place to explore; there are many old buildings, relatively little traffic, and a sense of calm which is rare in urban environments. This elegant city is famous for its café and restaurant scene, as well as for a thriving artistic and cultural life. The ideal time to be here is during the biennial (every even-numbered year), internationally acclaimed Adelaide Festival of Arts, when the city comes alive with everything from classical music concerts to outrageous fringe theatre.
In addition to visiting the museums and attractions detailed below, you should take a cruise on the placid and scenic River Torrens, which passes through the city. Within the metropolitan area, you can also visit the charming seaside suburb of Glenelg, where the first settlers landed in 1836 - it can be reached by an enjoyable tram ride from the city centre. The historic settlement of Port Adelaide was once the city's harbour town, but now concentrates on its heritage attractions, including the well presented South Australian Maritime Museum and the Port Dock Station Railway Museum complex, the largest of its kind in the country.