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History and must-see sights

Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, displaying expansive collections including noted Indigenous art, and the South Australian Museum, devoted to natural history.

Adelaide Fringe Festival, Friday 17 February – Sunday 19 March 2017

If you are looking for an unbelievable eclectic program of cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and design, then the Adelaide Fringe Festival is for you. The entire city of Adelaide is transformed for one mind-blowing month, in the summer sun and across balmy, star-filled nights. At the Adelaide Fringe Festival you’ll be awash with choices, with artists of all genres, in venues of all sizes and styles. For more information, visit the website https://www.adelaidefringe.com.au

History of Adelaide

Prior to British Settlement in the 19th Century, the area around Adelaide was inhabited by the Kaurna tribe. The area where the city centre now lies, was called ‘Tarndanya’ which translates as ‘male red kangaroo rock’. The city itself was founded in 1836 and, unlike other Australian states, Adelaide’s citizens were not taken from the convicts originally sent by Britain to Australia, but were free settlers. The city was purpose-designed from day one, still evident today from its wide, attractive streets surrounded by boulevards and green parklands.

Five must-see sights

1. Adelaide Central Market

Established in 1869, the Adelaide Central Market has been a thriving hub of food and culture for over 145 years. With over 80 traders under one roof, the Adelaide Central Market is one of the largest under cover market in the Southern Hemisphere, buzzing with life and colour all year round. The Market offers a huge range of fresh food including fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, cheeses, bakery, smallgoods and health foods, along with some of Adelaide’s most popular cafes and eateries. With over 8.5 million visitors every year, the Adelaide Central Market remains the food Mecca for multicultural cuisine and fresh produce.

2. Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness - a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI' as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. If you traverse its 155km length you'll find soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach

3. Rundle Street

Rundle Street East is the heart beat of Adelaide’s ever popular cosmopolitan East End District. Specifically located between Frome Street and East Terrace, this vibrant and eclectic City boulevard lives and breathes historic charm with modern sophistication and amenity.

4. Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is a renowned wine-producing region northeast of Adelaide, in South Australia. The area encompasses towns such as Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa, and an array of high-profile wineries offering tours and cellar-door tastings. Shiraz grapes are the local speciality. The stone cottages and Lutheran churches throughout the region are testament to a 19th-century wave of German settlers.

5. Festivals

South Australia isn’t called the Festival State for nothing! There are a wide variety of festivals throughout the year however the peak time is March or ‘Mad March’ as it’s known. March brings the Adelaide Fringe Festival (the largest Fringe after Edinburgh), Adelaide Festival of Arts, WOMADelaide music and dance festival and also the Clipsal500 V8 Adelaide car race. Phew!

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