Unlike many of its urban counterparts, Adelaide has no shadowy convict past to shy away from; founded in 1836 by Colonel William Light, the city was established as a planned settlement for British free citizens.
The capital of South Australia, Adelaide offers all the attractions of a big city with a calmer, more relaxed atmosphere than some of the country’s larger capitals. Framed by sandy beaches and forested hills, Adelaide is a city of wide-sweeping boulevards, spacious city squares and lush green gardens.
Despite the laid-back atmosphere, there’s always a lot going on in town - Adelaide has a thriving live music and bar scene, and plays host to an array of international festivals and events including the world-renowned Adelaide Festival of Arts.
The city’s architecture is world-class too - known as “The City of Churches”, Adelaide is home to … well, a number of churches. Many of the beautiful religious buildings in the city date back to the early days of settlement, and offer a fascinating reflection of Adelaide’s rich history.
Not far from the centre of the metropolis lies the Barossa Valley, Australia’s most famous winery; wine connoisseurs come from near and far to sample the region’s fine produce.
Adelaide recently received a top ten ranking in The Economist’s “World’s Most Livable Cities” - once the forgotten cousin of bigger urban hubs Melbourne and Sydney, it seems The City of Churches is now well-and-truly on the world’s radar.