10 Fun Facts You May Not Know About Adelaide!

Adelaide is an interesting city, more than many people may realise. Filled with rich history and beauty, it has a lot to offer. Keep reading on to discover ten fun facts that you might not know about the city of churches!


Adelaide Was Never Settled by Convicts

Adelaide is the only capital city that was never settled by convicts. Established in 1836, it was a colony for free settlers. Locals are very proud of this fact.


The ’20-Minute City’

Adelaide is known for being highly accessible. You can reach any point in the city within a period of 20 minutes. The airport, city centre and beaches can all be accessed within 20 minutes and you can get around without a car.  Public transport is of an extremely high standard in this beautiful city.


Adelaide Has a Hot Mediterranean Climate

Of all the Australian capital cities, Adelaide is the driest. Rainfall is unreliable, light and infrequent throughout summer. Winters tend to be cool, rainy and wet. Summers are generally hot and dry. This makes it ideal for wine production, something it is famous for.


It Boasts Australia’s Oldest Surviving German Settlement

Hahndorf, a small town in the Adelaide Hills is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement.  It is a major tourism spot, with its charming street façade and shops. Settled by Lutheran migrants in1838, it still retains many of its original buildings.


The Clipper Ship

Housed at the dock in Port Adelaide, the City of Adelaide Clipper ship is the world’s oldest clipper ship. Around 250,000 Australians can trace their ancestry back to the 889 or so passengers who arrived in Adelaide on its deck (1864-1887).


Heritage Significant Buildings

Port Adelaide, a coastal town just over a 20-minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD, contains the state’s most significant heritage buildings. They are exceptionally well preserved. Just a simple walk down the main street will make you feel like you have stepped back in time.


A City of Firsts

Adelaide has historically been the centre of free-spirited and free-thinking people. It was the first place to:

  • abolish sexual and racial discrimination
  • abolish capital punishment
  • recognise Aboriginal land rights
  • give women voting rights
  • legalise nude swimming


Home to Biggest Aboriginal Artefacts Display

Adelaide reportedly contains the biggest display of Aboriginal culture and artefacts. These are displayed at the South Australian Museum, as well as at Tandanya – the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.


City of Churches

Adelaide is known as the ‘city of churches.’ You only need to take a look around and you’ll see a church on every corner, containing some exquisite architectural designs. The Holy Trinity Anglican church is the city’s oldest, built in 1838.


Opal Capital

Adelaide is the opal capital of Australia and its opals are internationally renowned. Don’t forget to go opal shopping on your trip to Adelaide. They come in all different sizes and prices so speak to the concierge to find out more.

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