Adelaide: the most comfortable city is a big village.
Remember when Zemfira said, “Tell me about Australia, I’m madly interested!” I kept thinking that she was talking to me! Anyway, dear Zemfira, I’m in Australia! It’s really hell with fires here ( It’s very sad, but I’ll tell you about that tomorrow. And today I will show you Adelaide. Dear Zemfira, if you’re really interested, you should know that Adelaide is a shithole. It’s just a creepy village where you can’t stay awake, and it has all the conditions for that! There are dozens, maybe hundreds of wineries around! But I don’t drink. So I have absolutely nothing to drown my boredom and melancholy.
I’ve been to Sydney, I’ve been to Melbourne and Brisbane – at least there was some action there! I remember I even made an Olivier salad for New Year’s Eve in Melbourne a few years ago! But you can’t do anything in Adelaide. Nothing happens here. They say people even refuse to come here on business trips. But maybe it’s just me who’s used to an overly dynamic lifestyle!
But that’s not all! Did you know that the time difference between Moscow and Adelaide in Australia is 7 hours and 30 minutes? Not 7, not 8, but 7 and a half! A funny fact: in Western Australia the time difference is normal – 5 hours with Moscow, in the East, in Sydney or Melbourne it’s also normal – 9 hours with Moscow. BUT SOMETHING WENT WRONG IN THE CENTER! I guess you have to drink to figure it all out after all. But I don’t drink.
Adelaide is the fifth largest city in Australia (it’s second not only to Sydney and Melbourne, but also Perth and Brisbane) and the capital of the state of South Australia. Unlike Sydney, Adelaide and generally the entire state were colonies of free migrants, not former convicts.
Today the city is known as the capital of the automobile industry. For example, the only Australian car brand – Holden – is based here. Have you heard about it? Since it is late division of GM, they do not think too much and assemble Australian copies of Opel and Chevrolet. Well, South Australia is proudly known as the Wine State. I think most of the Australian wines sold in the world come from here.
From time to time Adelaide is ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world. The last time was in the fall of 2019, when The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked it 10th in its rankings. However, Adelaide lost the battle for quality of life among Australian cities to Melbourne and Sydney.
Adelaide also has a unique mode of transport – the O-Bahn (not to be confused with the U-Bahn!). It’s a guided bus route, the longest and fastest in the world. I’d even say it’s a kind of subway. Regular gasoline-powered buses run on it, but they’re kept on the rails by extra side wheels. The line speed is up to 100 km/h (in reality, of course, it’s slower). All this had to be invented in the 1980s, when the plain and simple streetcar was already destroyed.
01. From a plane Adelaide looks like many American cities. The endless suburbia and the small downtown, where high-rise buildings began to appear. The attentive viewer will find the center here. And so the city is two-story.
02. The private houses are very tightly built, the plots are very small. But your own house! I’ll show you the new neighborhoods later.
Adelaide has a very interesting layout. The central core is a 1.5 by 2.5 km square surrounded by parks! There are also five small parks in the center. This layout has been preserved since the founding of the city to the present day!
Adelaide was built in the first half of the 19th century by the British officer William Light, who borrowed the plan from the Sicilian city of Catania, where the two main streets crossed at right angles in the center.
Since then, Adelaide has retained its rectangular structure and has a huge square at its center. True, it is crossed by a wide avenue, which is partly reminiscent of Soviet cities, where even Lenin squares were half automobile. But the city has this wide park belt.
03. There are historic neighborhoods in the center of the city, but there is no coherent development. The buildings are isolated and pretty roughly ripped up with modern junk. This is not New Orleans where the historic architecture is preserved and has become a point of attraction.
04. In general, the development is still similar to New Orleans. The same endless balconies, galleries under which you can hide from the heat. Only crocodiles and jazz are missing.
05. Very American alleyways with trash cans. In the movies someone usually gets killed here )))
06. no respect for the historical legacy! That’s how you could stick your glass in such a nice city center? Immediately think of Chelyabinsk.
07. The first floors were destroyed. When you walk down the street you have no idea what’s going on up there.
08. Adelaide may be a comfortable city to live in, but in terms of buildings and architecture I would not take its example. The center has started to be built up with some awful boxes.
09. There’s a lot of street art in the city.
10. this is Pridem Hall, the sports center of the University of South Australia campus, designed by the Norwegian studio Snøhetta with the participation of local architects.
11. In addition to the sports halls themselves, the Norwegians came up with public spaces integrated into the architecture of the building. For example, an amphitheater with green areas on the roof. They lowered the roof to ground level to increase the interaction between the building and the street.
Adelaide is the administrative center of the state of South Australia. It is one of the five largest cities on the Green Continent. Adelaide is home to more than 1.3 million people. The city stretches 20 kilometres along the Gulf of St. Vincent and is 1,160 kilometres west of the nation’s capital Canberra.
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Construction began in December 1836 and was named after Queen Adelaide, wife of the reigning British king at the time, William IV. For future streets, builders had to clear the land from the bush and drain the coastal marshes. It was the only free British colony on the entire continent. For the rest of the country, Adelaide was a center of religious freedom, progressive social policy and civil rights.
The modern city has spacious squares and beautiful boulevards, while several scenic, landscaped parks surround its central city blocks. Adelaide is renowned for its excellent quality wine, vibrant festivals and the work of local artists.
Adelaide’s warm, Mediterranean-like climate and beautiful scenery attract golfers and tennis players, horseback riders and sailing enthusiasts, divers and surfers. Tourists also visit the national parks, which are home to many unique Australian wildlife.
Parks and Wildlife
Adelaide is considered a very green city because its center is surrounded by a ring of parks. Montefiore and Lofty Hills provide panoramic views over the city.
Since 1883 there is a zoo in Adelaide, which is popular with tourists and citizens. It contains about 300 species of Australian animals and representatives of exotic fauna from other continents. The zoo is open daily from 9.30 to 17.00.
The main botanical garden of Adelaide extends over an area of 34 hectares. It was founded in 1857 and there are still some old trees planted in the 19th century. The botanical garden is known not only for its rich collections of flora. People come here to admire the beautiful buildings of greenhouses, built in the traditions of the Victorian style. You do not need to pay to enter the botanical garden. It is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset.
The other botanical garden occupies the eastern slopes of Lofty Hill and is a 30-minute drive from the city center. The garden was developed in 1977. Today it occupies seven valleys with flora from around the world.
Another botanical garden “Wittunga” was created in Adelaide in 1975. Its territory exhibits collections of plants of the Green Continent. In addition, the garden grows species characteristic of the Cape province of South Africa, the climate of which is very similar to the climate of Australia.
At a distance of no more than 15 km from Adelaide there are four national parks. Tourists come to them to experience the rich natural world of the continent. Belair Park is attractive with its bush walks. Cleland Park is of interest to lovers of exotic Australian fauna. On its green territory you can see kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, dingoes, koalas and emu ostriches. Morialta Park is famous for its full-flowing waterfalls.
Adelaide Museums and Galleries
On the North Terrace of Adelaide is the South Australian Museum. It has a huge collection of exhibits that tell the history and culture of the continent. The museum is considered to be the most visited in Australia. Its ethnographic collection consists of more than 30,000 items and introduces visitors to the Aboriginal culture of the country. Entrance to the museum is free except for some specially arranged exhibitions. The museum doors are open daily from 10.00 to 17.00.
The city’s Center for Aboriginal Cultural Studies “Tannania” introduces the unique local rituals and traditions. Exhibitions, workshops, and music and dance shows are held in its halls throughout the year. Tandania has a souvenir store where they sell indigenous crafts from the continent. A local café serves traditional Australian Aboriginal food. The center is open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Adelaide has an interesting South Australian Art Gallery, with paintings, drawings and sculptures by Australian artists. It held its first exhibitions in 1881. More than half a million people come every year to see the works of art. The gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to visit.
The Australian Museum of Immigration has been in town since 1986. During a tour of it, you can learn about how the colonization of the continent took place and what impact migrants had on the indigenous population. The museum welcomes guests every day from 10.00 to 17.00. Admission is free.
Wine and food
Adelaide has a reputation as one of the best wine regions in the country, so many travelers include a local wine tasting as part of their tourist trip. To the east of the city is the National Wine Center. This is an interactive museum that tells the story of local grape growing and wine making traditions. Grape vines are planted around the building, and its walls are decorated as wine bottle crates.
The center also has a tasting room where visitors have the opportunity to taste the best varieties of wine, assess their taste, aroma and quality. The wine center welcomes guests Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There are many restaurants, cafes and eateries for all tastes and pockets. Many of them specialize in Asian cuisine. Adelaide has entire neighborhoods built up with establishments where you can grab a bite to eat or a hearty lunch. Above all these are Rundle, O’Connell, Hutt and Melbourne streets.
Outdoor cafes in Adelaide
Memorable souvenirs from Adelaide usually include Australian Aboriginal products, country-style clothing and paintings by local artists. Connoisseurs try to buy opal jewelry. You can buy souvenirs in the specialty shops, in the central market and in the seven-story Myer Centre mall. There’s a good selection of ceramics, metal, and glass crafts in the Jam Factory, 19 Morphett St., Design & Applied Arts Center.
It’s not difficult to get around between Adelaide’s major attractions on foot. There are buses, trains, and streetcars running through the streets of the city. All public transportation is operated by the same company, and passengers use single tickets to travel. Depending on the needs, you can buy a ticket, which is valid for two hours, for $ 4.4 or a daily pass for $ 8.3. The public transportation network is quite extensive and covers almost every corner of the city. After 6 p.m. the number of buses on Adelaide’s streets decreases, and after midnight they do not run at all. There is an exception to this rule – on Saturday night, the “After Midnight” bus takes latecomers to downtown streets once an hour.
To explore Adelaide, tourists use the City Loop bus route 99. Every 15 to 30 minutes, the free bus takes visitors to the city’s major attractions.
Adelaide has free bike rentals. Bicycles are available on a document deposit with the condition that they must be returned by 4.30pm.
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How to get there
Adelaide International Airport is 8 km from the city center. It has regular flights to Hong Kong, Dubai, Auckland, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. There are also flights to Adelaide from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and several other Australian cities. Sydney and Melbourne are connected to Adelaide by rail and bus.
There are cabs and Jetbus services from the airport to the city, which take two routes to Adelaide. A bus ride costs $4.4, and Jetbuses leave every 15 minutes. Cabs to downtown cost $16 to $20.