Adelaide - South Australia capital

Adelaide - South Australia capital overview

Adelaide geographic(al) coordinates: 34*51'S/138*30'
Adelaide population 1,024,510 (2004)

Adelaide is South Australia capital and known for its relaxed lifestyle and beautiful park location. A small city with calming hills, crashing waves and a whole valley of wine Adelaide is situated beside the Torrens River. It offers lots of attractions with beautiful city beaches, museums, art galleries, shopping and much more.

It has automotive, textile, and other industries. Grains, wool, dairy products, wine, and fruit are exported. In the face of declining manufacturing, service industries have become more important.

Adelaide - South Australia capital history

When the early colonists arrived and began building Adelaide they used stone. They wanted to build a solid, dignified city, a civilized and calm place, with a manner no other state capital in the country could match. The solidity goes further than architecture, for Adelaide was once regarded as a city of wowsers (read: puritan spoilsports) and was renowned chiefly for its disproportionately large number of churches.

The city of Adelaide was named in 1836 after the wife of King William IV. The king had married Adelaide, Princess of Saxe-Meiningen, only after a long relationship, and ten children, with Mrs Dorothy Jordan, an actress.

Adelaide is the oldest city in the state. It was the first city in Australia to be incorporated (1840) and developed according to the original city plan of Colonel William Light. The Univ. of Adelaide (1874) and the multicampus South Australian College of Advanced Education (1982) are among the institutions of higher education located in the city and its suburbs. The Adelaide Festival of the Arts has been held biennially since 1960.

Adelaide - South Australia capital main attractions

The Art Gallery of South Australia houses the South Australia's collection of Australian, European and Asian art. The Migration Museum at 82 Kintore Avenue tells the fascinating story of migrants who have settled in South Australia and the impact they have had on the state's way of life.

The Botanic Garden contains many heritage buildings, such as the old glasshouse, the Museum of Economic Botany and the Bicentennial Conservatory with tropical plants from the Asia-Pacific region. Neighbouring to the Rose Garden is the new National Wine Centre, an interpretative, educational and entertaining complex that promotes Australian wine regions and their produce. Using the latest in technology, visitors are taken on a journey through the history of wine.