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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.
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.
Colonel William Light envisioned parklands encircling the city center when he designed Adelaide's layout. Made up of separate parks, gardens, and sports grounds, there is plenty for everyone at the Adelaide Park Lands. Walking trails and cycle tracks entertain active visitors while picnic areas and rest spots delight a more relaxed crowd. A major attraction for both tourists and locals, the Adelaide Park Lands also hosts events and festivals, ranging from Writers Week to the Adelaide International Horse Trials, throughout the year. Visitors looking to spend a relaxing day in South Australia's capital, need to look no further than the always enjoyable Adelaide Park Lands.
Port Adelaide, gateway to St Vincent's Gulf, is the very lifeblood of Port Adelaide township. The harbor is home to many fishing trawlers, container ships and cruise boats. The Australian Submarine Corporation also has its base on the river. Cruises along the Port Adelaide River are very popular, with sightings of dolphins and pelicans common. Further down river, mangrove swamps in the creeks of Torrens Island provide an important nursery for many species of fish, including Australia's celebrated King George Whiting.
Brighton Beach is located on the coast of Adelaide and is a very popular beach. Manned by the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club, this beach is sandy and has clear crystal water. The Brighton Beach is also home to a number of events and fund raisers like the Brighton Jetty Classic Swim.