Adelaide / Australia: The cultural center of South Australia
Adelaide, the metropolis in the south of Australia, is nestled between vineyards and the sea. The metropolis delights its guests with a wide range of cultural activities. But Adelaide has even more to offer: chic boutiques in Rundle Mall or gourmet restaurants on Gouger Street. The city is also an ideal starting point for excursions of all kinds. Tourists and locals can take the tram, for example, to the beach in the suburb of Glenelg. Wine lovers can try fine Australian wines in the Barossa Valley. Not only nature lovers are enthusiastic about Kangeroo Island. The city center, which is laid out at right angles, is characterized by spacious parks and wide boulevards.
Festivals and many places to go out
One of the top events in Adelaide is the Adelaide Fringe, a cultural festival that takes place every February. The extravagant Adelaide Festival of Arts, which is celebrated every two years in early summer, is not only popular with art connoisseurs. As part of this art spectacle, readings, concerts, film and opera evenings are on the program. Adelaide’s numerous wine and specialty festivals attract gourmets from all over the world. At the WOMADelaide festival, dancers and musicians from all continents perform in the metropolis’s botanical garden. Adelaide’s nightlife takes place in trendy bars, pubs and clubs on Gouger, Hindley and Rundle Streets.
Classical concerts Theater events, operas as well as jazz and rock concerts take place regularly in the Adelaide Festival Center.
Adelaide is very easy to get to know on foot, as the size of the city center is relatively manageable. The statue of the city’s founder, William Lights, stands on Montefiore Hill. From up here you have a wonderful panoramic view of the city. Sights in the north of the city center include the Old Parliament, which now houses the State History Center, and the Parliament House next door. Opposite is the South African War Memorial, which commemorates the Boer War, in which Australian soldiers were among the victims.
The adjacent Government House is the residence of the South Australian governor. One of the sights is the city train station from the Victorian era, which has been transformed into the magnificent Adelaide Casino. Opposite is the Holy Trinity Church, the oldest Anglican church in all of South Australia. The Migration Museum presents the history of South Australia as an immigration state to its visitors. In the Artlab next door, restorers work on historical artifacts. The South Australian Museum is a very unusual exhibition space. Here you can see a unique collection of art objects, weapons and tools of the native people of Australia. A special collection is dedicated to the nature of the country.
One of Adelaide’s tourist attractions is without a doubt the Art Gallery of South Australia. It is one of the most important art museums in Australia. In addition to masterpieces of the art of the fifth continent, works of art from Asia and Europe are exhibited here. Anyone interested in archeology should visit the Museum of Classical Archeologypay a visit. However, this is only possible in a group and after prior registration. An architectural gem is the so-called Ayers House, in which Sir Henry Ayers once resided, who was Prime Minister of South Australia several times. Today the National Trust of South Australia is housed in the classical building. The building also houses the classy Ayers restaurant.
The highlight in the Botanic Gardens is the Bicentennial Conservatory, the largest greenhouse in the southern hemisphere. The two pandas Funi and Wang-Wang are the main attractions for visitors to Adelaide Zoo. In 1976, the first pedestrian zone in Australia was opened in Adelaide. The center of the city center is the Town Hall, which was built in 1863 in the style of the Renaissance buildings in Italy. The landmark of the building is the 44 meter high clock tower. Central Adelaide is surrounded by extensive green spaces, through which the Torrens River flows to the north. Adelaide provides free city bikes for its guests. They can be borrowed from seven locations in the center.