Sunday, March 6, 2011

South Australia Trip - Adelaide

The City of Adelaide is a local government area in the metropolitan area of Adelaide, South Australia. It covers the original Adelaide city centre settlement, (also known as the city, the square mile and the CBD), North Adelaide, and the Adelaide Park Lands which surround North Adelaide and the city centre. Established in 1840, the Adelaide City Council is the oldest municipal authority in Australia. At its time of establishment, Adelaide's (and Australia's) first mayor, James Hurtle Fisher, was elected. From 1919 onwards, the City has had a Lord Mayor.

The City of Adelaide has a population of 26,000 and City of Adelaide has four sister cities:
Austin, Texas, United States - 1983
Christchurch, New Zealand - 1972
George Town, Penang, Malaysia - 1973
Himeji, Japan - 1982

It is a pretty city, very clean and its people are courteous and polite - probably the most considerate drivers of any other city in Australia that I have experienced. Adelaide is known as Australia's "City of Churches" and is the only Capital City of a state of Australia that was founded by free settlers and had no convicts involved in its settlement. Adelaide is surrounded by a vast network of vineyards that produce some of Australia's great wines from areas like the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. There was a strong German and Scottish element in the latter settlers in South Australia.

Torrens River Recreation area behind the Adelaide Casino

Festival Centre

King William Road showing Adelaide Tram

Light Horse memorial, North Terrace

War Memorial, North Terrace

South Australian Museum

Great Hall, University of Adelaide

Adelaide Public Hospital

University of South Australia

Adelaide Oval taken from across the Torrens River


Sharon said...

What a beautiful and clean little city! I can see why you visit! A lovely tour! Thanks, John!

JohnD said...

'Adelaideans' are very proud of their city and city maintenance is a priority. We were very impressed with the cleanliness - all aspects - streets, facilities, transport - and a minimum of grafitti as well!