Widely acknowledged as the lifestyle capital of Australia, and recently voted the world’s third most liveable city, eclectic Adelaide is home to over 70 percent of South Australia’s population.
Inhabited by Australia’s first free settlers, the vineyard city of Australia is known for its natural and cultural heritage, as showcased in the South Australian Museum and of course is well known for its wineries. Adelaide celebrates the Kaurna Aboriginal culture of the land it occupies – with the city originally known as ‘Tarndanyangga’, translating as ‘place of the red kangaroo’. It was later renamed after Queen Adelaide, consort to King William IV.
Greater Adelaide comprises the surrounding Adelaide Hills, while the city itself sprawls from the coast of the Gulf St Vincent in the west, to the Mount Lofty ranges in the east. Known as the 20-minute city, drive 20 minutes one way and you’ll be steeped in the scenic hills of wine country; drive 20 minutes the other way and you’ll be at the beach. Locally sourced food, some of the world’s finest wine, and picturesque areas of green parkland are some of the city’s most attractive ingredients.
As a haven for the arts, Adelaide is reputed for its colourful cultural scene and live music with a full calendar of festivals and events. The city’s artistic hub can be found nestled between the River Torrens and North Terrace and is easily explored on foot. From metropolitan beaches like Glenelg, to the thriving multicultural foodie scene of the Central Market and the historic sporting grounds of the Adelaide Oval, home of the South Australian Cricket Association, this is a city that deserves some time to explore.