Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, and becomes the fifth-largest city of Australia. In June 2014, Adelaide had an forecasted resident population of 1.30 million. The demonym “Adelaidean” is applied in reference to the city and its residents. Adelaide is north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, on the Adelaide Plains between the Gulf St Vincent and the low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges which surround the city. Adelaide stretches 20 km from the coast to the foothills, and 90 km (56 mi) from Gawler at its northern extent to Sellicks Beach in the south.
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When the mercury rises, head to one of Adelaide’s many popular ocean beaches. Many tourists enjoy the hustle and bustle of Glenelg, or the laid-back vibe of Henley and Grange with wooden piers, beachside cafes and old-school pubs. For the ultimate retro beach experience, tourists also can drive down to Semaphore. There’s an esplanade, safe swimming, fish’n’chip shops, and a park for the kids.
Marvel at South Australia’s rich bounty of produce – from farm-fresh fruit and vegetables to hormone-free meats, artisan cheeses, smoked meats and seafood. It’s all at the Central Market, where the tourists can stop for an espresso or a bite. Better still, join Mark Gleeson’s early morning tour, sample the produce and chat to the people behind the market stalls.
Tourists may discover Port Adelaide’s wealth of 19th-century buildings, classic Australian pubs and atmospheric old wharves. They also can pick up a self-guided walking map from the tourist office, kayak along Port River (home to a dolphin colony) or drop into the Maritime Museum on Lipson Street. Afterwards, the tourists may visit the Port Dock Brewery Hotel for a craft beer or two.
The tourists can have a wildlife fix at Adelaide Zoo, a 10-minute walk from the city centre, home to more than 1800 animals, including koalas, kangaroos, and other native species. For something more interactive, Temptation Sailing offers swimming cruises and dolphin-watching from the nearby marina.
The tourists may head to the Adelaide Hills — a tranquil place to recharge the batteries. The hills are much more than a geographic backdrop for the city; they offer much of its food and they are major wine-growing district with some 50 cellar doors. Tourists also can stop for lunch at The Lane Vineyard or Bird in Hand.