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Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and also the most populous one. Adelaide is the fifth largest city of Australia in terms of area. Adelaide is basically a coastal city which is located beside the Southern Ocean and is on the Adelaide Plains, lying to the north of Fleurieu Peninsula. Adelaide lies between Gulf St. Vincent and the Mount Lofty Ranges.

The city was named in honor of Queen Adelaide and was founded in 1836. Initially, Adelaide was inhabited by Kaurna Aboriginal tribes and later on became a British colony. Much of the country was initially covered by marshland and swamps before British settlement. Adelaide suffered a setback as a result of the economic depression and droughts, but then the situation improved under a stable government.

Adelaide mainly has a Mediterranean type of climate where the maximum rainfall is experienced during the winter months. Adelaide is the driest among Australian cities as the rainfall varies throughout the summer season. In summers the temperatures soar up to 40ºC or more and in winter the temperatures drop down to 8ºC. The maximum amount of rainfall occurs in the month of June. Frost and snowfall is quite rare in the region.

Adelaide is located centrally and hence acts as a transport hub for north-south and east-west routes. Adelaide has a limited public transport facility which is maintained by the Adelaide Metro. Road transport is very well-developed in Adelaide. It has one freeway, the South Eastern Freeway which connects Adelaide with Adelaide Hills and beyond. Adelaide also has two expressways—the Port River Expressway and Southern Expressway. The Adelaide International Airport which is located in the western part of Adelaide serves the international tourists. It is also located in a very favorable position and hence is accessible from all major locations. Adelaide is a very culturally rich city and is referred to as the ‘City of Churches’. There are many cultural festivals which are organized in the city which include Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Writers’ Week, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Fringe Festival and others. Adelaide has also produced many famous musicians and Adelaide music has gained worldwide popularity with The Angels, Australian Pink Floyd Show, Eric Bogle and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

While on your visit to Adelaide, some of the most interesting tourist attraction spots include:
  • Mount Lofty Summit
  • Sellicks Beach
  • Adelaide Oval
  • Adelaide Botanic Garden
  • Adelaide Central Market
  • Maslin Beach
  • Rundle Mall
  • Adelaide Zoological Gardens
  • Henley Beach
Apart from these, there are other interesting places in Adelaide which one might visit.

People of Adelaide are absolutely crazy about outdoor food and hence the city boasts of a huge range of cafes and restaurants. One can find cuisines of Thailand, China, Japan, American, Italy and a host of other tempting delicacies in Adelaide. The people of Adelaide hugely prefer Asian cuisine mainly Indian dishes which are available at Jasmin Indian Restaurant, Beoynd India, Taj Tandoor Indian Restaurant and others. Some of the most popular restaurants of Adelaide are Alphutte, Café pantai, Checkmates, Corner Bistrot, Genki, Amalfi Pizzeria, Logans, Santa Fe, Summit, Sfera’s 1877 and Ying Chow among many others.

Apart from great cuisine, one will also find excellent shopping areas in Adelaide. Rundle Street and Rundle Mall is the ultimate shopping destination of Adelaide. The East End and Central Market are also great places for shopping.

While in Adelaide, one can prefer to stay at:
  • Adelaide International Motel
  • Comfort Inn Haven Marina
  • Hilton
  • Holiday Inn
  • Quality Hotel Rockford
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