You might want to visit Adelaide after reading one of these following facts about Adelaide. As you know, Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and the fifth-largest city in Australia. As in June 2013, Adelaide had an estimated resident population of 1.29 million.The demonym “Adelaidean” is used 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 (12 mi) from the coast to the foothills, and 90 km (56 mi) from Gawler at its northern extent to Sellick Beach in the south. To get to know more about this city, here are some other facts about Adelaide you might want to know for your reference on your destination.
Facts about Adelaide 1: Name
Named in honor of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen consort to King William IV, the city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for a freely settled British province in Australia.
Facts about Adelaide 2: City of Churches
Early Adelaide was shaped by religious freedom and a commitment to political progressivism and civil liberties, which led to the moniker “City of Churches”.
Facts about Adelaide 3: Government Center
As South Australia’s seat of government and commercial center, Adelaide is the site of many governmental and financial institutions. Most of these are concentrated in the city center along the cultural boulevard of North Terrace, King William Street and in various districts of the metropolitan area.
Facts about Adelaide 4: Fame
Today, Adelaide is noted for its many festivals and sporting events, its food and wine, its long beachfronts, and its large defence and manufacturing sectors.
Facts about Adelaide 5: Most Liveable City
It ranks highly in terms of liveability, being listed in the Top 10 of The Economist’s World’s Most Liveable Cities index in 2010, 2011, and 2012. It was also ranked the most liveable city in Australia by the Property Council of Australia in 2011, 2012 and again in 2013.
Facts about Adelaide 6: The Dunstan Governments
The Dunstan Governments of the 1970s saw something of an Adelaide ‘cultural revival’, establishing a wide array of social reforms and overseeing the city becoming a centre of the arts, building upon the biennial “Adelaide Festival of Arts” which commenced in 1960.
Facts about Adelaide 7: Housing
Historically, Adelaide’s suburban residential areas have been characterised by single-storey detached houses built on quarter-acre (1,000 sq m) blocks. A relative lack of suitable locally available timber for construction purposes led to the early development of a brick-making industry, as well as the use of stone, for houses and other buildings.
Facts about Adelaide 8: The Adelaide Mosque
The Adelaide Mosque is regarded as the oldest permanent mosque in Australia; however an earlier mosque at Marree in northern South Australia, dating from 1861–62 and subsequently abandoned or demolished, has now been rebuilt.
Facts about Adelaide 9: Cultural
While established as a British province, and very much English in terms of its culture, Adelaide attracted immigrants from other parts of Europe early on, including German and other European non-conformists escaping religious persecution.
Facts about Adelaide 10: Sports
The main sports played professionally in Adelaide are Australian rules football, association football (soccer), cricket, netball and basketball. Adelaide is the home of two Australian Football League teams: the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power, and one A-League soccer team, Adelaide United.
Hope you would find those Adelaide facts really interesting and useful for you to read.