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Adelaide Travel Guide

Adelaide Travel Guide

Adelaide is a new city in an old land. Founded as a British colony in 1836, and now the capital of South Australia, its rich mixof diverse cultures lives togheter in a relaxed and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Not only is Adelaide full of green parks but it has 30 Km of beaches streching along its suburbs. The city is famous for its al fresco eating culture and the centre of Australian wine industry, with some of the best food and drink in the world.

When Governor John Hindmarsh arrived to found a British colony in 1835, the Adelaide Plains had been home to the Kaurna Aboriginal people for many thousand of years. The city that arose of the plains has developed into one of the most culturally diverse in the world.

Adelaide, the home of eating out, has more restaurants per person than any other city in Australia, a nation abundant with good food and the pleasures of all fresco dining. The city's cultural mix - from Thai to Italian and Indian to Lebanese - offers a bewildering array of cuisines for you to enjoy, complemented by the incredible range of fresh vegetables, fruits, seafood and meats available in South Australia.

There are two main hearts  to the Adelaide shopping experience. The first is in the northeast of the central grid of streets where Rundle Mall - Adelaide's first shopping mall built in the mid-1970s - offers all the usual high-end chains you find across Australia. Running of Rundle Mall down to Grenfell Street, are the heritage-listed Adelaide Arcade and the Regent Arcade, wich offers boutique shopping, aboriginal crafts and even locally mined opals.

  • Population: 1.1 million
  • Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD) $1 = 100 cents
  • Emergency numbers: 000
  • Newspapers: The Advertiser, Sunday Mail, Messenger Newspapper


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