I’ve gone back to A for the simple reason that I have just spent a few days visiting the city of Adelaide and wanted to let you know about it.
Adelaide is the capital of the state of South Australia. It’s about 1700km from Perth and it takes about 3,30h to fly there, and they are 2,30 hours ahead of WA. (We don´t have daylight savings in Western Australia).
It’s a smaller city than Perth, with a lot to see in the neighbouring regions – two distinct wine regions, the Hills, etc. The River Torrens creates a division between the city centre and the suburb of North Adelaide, and both are surrounded by various parks creating a green ring around the city.
As this was my second visit to Adelaide, I tried to see things I hadn’t visited before such as the Botanic gardens, the Himeji Japanese garden and the beautiful older suburbs of North Adelaide and Norword as well as a drive through the northern coastal areas.
I absolutely loved the Himeji Japanese gardens, a small oasis in the middle of the city, in the corner of South Terrace and Glen Osmond Road.
|The Lantern in the Himeji garden|
|The Lake at the Himeji garden|
|Tropical Forest in the Bicentennial Conservatory and Rose Garden|
|The lovely and cool Murdoch Drive, full of Fig trees|
|The Amazon Waterlily|
|A field of Lotus Flowers|
A most interesting museum and I was told the only one in the Southern Hemisphere.
Have a rest and something to eat and drink at one of the cafe´s in the park under the shade of some lovely trees overlooking a lake full of ducks, black swans, fish and turtles, or just take your picnic basket and lie on the grass and enjoy the day.
|The river Torrens, north of the city centre, with the Convention Centre at the end.|
|The Festival Centre with river Torrens on the left|
|The Central Market, where you can buy lovely fresh produce, meat and fish|
|Inside the lovely Adelaide Arcade|
Next Friday 24th is the start of the “Adelaide Fringe Festival” with over 250 different acts playing all over the city, and this Friday (17th) on my way home via Rundle mall, (a pedestrian zone where the beautiful Adelaide Arcade can be seen), I stopped to watch a sample of some of the acts, and ended up staying for about 1hour just relaxing and enjoying the party atmosphere.
Adelaide is known as the city of churches, and the State of South Australia is known as the "Festival State", as apparently there is always some festival happening in or around Adelaide.
|Sample of some of the Fringe Festival acts in Rundle Mall|
|Beach at sunset taken from our hotel room|
|Some of the sun-sets at Glenelg Beach, taken from the hotel Oaks Pier Hotel|
|Life saving clubs Iron Man competition on Sunday 19th Feb.|
|Set of 8 Terraced Apartments built in 1884, with 3 floors, in front of Grange Beach|
|Looking to Glenelg Beach, where we stayed|
The only downside I found in Adelaide, was the road infrastructure not as good as in Perth and the public transport system is (for me at least) a bit confusing, with buses that change numbers halfway through their route, buses seem to run late or do not appear as per the timetable... There are two free bus services, one service provided by the council and the other provided by the Adelaide transport authority, but timetables or maps are only available online, so it makes it difficult for tourists to get on a bus they don't know exists or where it stops. I was told this is because the services don't make money, but in Perth we have 3 routes with free buses in the city - Cat buses, and there are maps and plenty of information available.
But I walked and walked and walked, used the tram from Glenelg to Adelaide, asked directions from bus drivers, and on the weekend my husband drove me around to some places further away.
All in all a very enjoyable stay!!