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The striking Adelaide Town Hall stands tall on King William Street in the capital city's bustling center. Construction on the structure began in 1863 based on designs by Edmund Wright and Edward Wood. Upon its completion in 1866, the landmark was hailed as one of the "most important edifices" to be built in the city. The Adelaide Town Hall has been carefully preserved in the following years, and today, it retains its architectural glory. Modern modifications have only been applied to make the building more environmentally sound. A truly significant landmark, the town hall also serves as a premier event venue, offering several rooms and spaces to accommodate a variety of events.
Sliced into grassy chunks by King William Street and Grote Street, the ever-busy Victoria Square lies at the heart of Adelaide. In the center of the square, a statue of Queen Victoria casts an austere eye over the site's central fountain, built in 1963 to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's visit. The fountain symbolizes the three rivers from which Adelaide draws its water: Murray, Torrens, and Onkaparinga. The Reconciliation Plaza with Australian National Flag and Aboriginal Flag is another monument in the famous square. Dappled with administrative, corporate and commercial centers, the diamond shaped square of the city is indisputably its heartbeat. From luxury hotels to local markets, the square is abuzz with enthusiastic locals and tourists alike. Coming alive with thousand lights, the square is decorated with an 80 feet (24.5 meters) Christmas tree every year.
An elaborate piece of work, this small building turns more heads than the nearby tower blocks. Built in 1895-96, it is a rare example of neo-Gothic architecture in Adelaide. The building's main features are its turret and beehive, and the busy trappings from cement moldings. Thanks to a big restoration effort in 1998, the place has regained much of its original charm. It stands at the entrance of the Rundle Mall retail hub and houses shops, including the famous Haigh's Chocolates store.
An awesome sight, the house of the South Australian Parliament was built in two stages-the western half which was finished in 1889 and the eastern half finished in 1936. The dark marble facade, with its ten tall columns, is a major feature of North Terrace. Visitors can take guided tours of the chambers, sit in on parliamentary debates. A virtual tour of both can be made via the Parliament's website.
The Adelaide Central Market is one of Australia's largest and finest fresh produce markets. It literally is a one stop shop for all kinds of foodstuffs and beverages local and from different parts of the world. Be it fresh, packed, frozen, etc. if you don't find it here, you won't find it elsewhere in the city! There is also a food court where you can find food-stalls, restaurants and cafes. You can also find the native and traditional ingredients used by the Aboriginals. The establishment also offers short classes and workshops related to the culinary world. Pay a visit at least once and soak up the sights, smells and sounds of this much loved attraction of the Adelaide city.
Bordering the city of Adelaide this river is very important, the River Torrens has been a major landmark and even a hot spot for events in the city. The river gets its name from Colonel Robert Torrens, one of the founding fathers of the city. The river side offers excellent views of the city and has restaurants, cafes and pubs all around where you can find locals relaxing in after work.
Tucked at the base of the Adelaide Hills sits Carrick Hill, a heritage-listed estate featuring an imposing Elizabethan mansion and nearly 40 hectares (99 miles) of English gardens and native bush. Built between 1937 and 1939, Carrick Hill was originally home to local businessman Sir Edward Hayward. The estate's remarkable interior is marked by rich oak paneling, antique furniture, and priceless art. Carrick Hill is now treasured as one of the area's leading tourist attractions, and only 25 minutes from central Adelaide by bus, it's an easy day trip to plan. After a pleasant tour of the grounds and museum, visitors can enjoy snacks and refreshing drinks in the on-site cafe.