Adelaide is home to more than 2 3rds of the State’s population.
It has a 30 kilometres (18.6 mile) stretch of attractive
coastline with brilliant white sandy beaches. The finest
view of Adelaide and the surrounding countryside can be had from
Mount Lofty, to the east of the city.
Adelaide is a spacious city surrounded by golf
courses, parkland and the botanical and zoological gardens. The
city itself has a European atmosphere, primarily because of the
vast German and southern European minorities.
The streets are filled with cafes (especially lively Rundle Street),
art galleries, European style churches and antique shops. Adelaide
also has a lively nightlife along Rundle and
Gouger Streets. 1 of the key attractions in the city is the Festival
Centre complex in the parkland overlooking the Torrens River.
It houses an brilliant theatre company, and boasts
a concert hall, 2 theatres, a restaurant and an amphitheatre.
Another very accepted attraction is the Central Market between
Grote and Gouger streets. In March of even-numbered years, the
world renowned Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts
is held, featuring everything from jazz to classical theatre and
ballet, along with a diverse Edinburgh style Fringe Festival (please
see the festivals and events section).
The South Australian Museum has the biggest collection
of Aboriginal artifacts in the world as well as a huge exhibition
of Melanesian art and New Guinean wildlife. There is also a new
and permanent exhibition on the Antarctic Explorer, Sir Douglas
Mawson. The National Wine Centre, featuring exhibitions,
a tasting gallery and a restaurant, opened in 2001 in the Botanic
Tandanya – National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
provides a rounded view of Australia’s indigenous culture.
The skating and swimming on Glenelg Beach are popular Adelaide