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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.
Edmund Wright House holds a long history in South Australia. For instance, it was first completed in 1878 as a bank. Today, it is a landmark and a local history museum for those to enjoy and learn about its long history. Be sure to call their phone number if you would like to know more information on tours and hours available, since it can vary.
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.
Established in 1881, this historic and attractive Victorian building on leafy North Terrace holds one of the most extensive art collections in Australia. With an impressive collection of nearly 45,000 artworks, this revered art gallery is believed to comprise of the second-largest state art collection in the country. The museum's massive collection includes rare and valuable works that range from paintings and sculptures, to textiles and jewelry. While international artworks abound, the gallery is most well known for its notable Aboriginal art collections, the oldest of which date back to the 1800s. It also comprises of Australian artworks that revolve around pastoral themes, such as the kind manifested in Tom Robert's A break away!, or John Russell's A clearing in the forest. Both special and permanent exhibitions are held here.
A bustling stretch of concrete in the heart of the city, the Rundle Street is not just any other street. Known as the 'cosmopolitan centre' of the city, this street is packed with eager pedestrians waiting to discover the various shopping and dining wonders that lie along the road. A great day to spend an afternoon, do plan a visit to the Rundle Street when in the city.
West Terrace Cemetery forms an integral part of Adelaide's rich heritage, a veritable who-was-who from city and state. Those interred include early settlers, the rich and famous, politicians, artists and sportsmen; from the prestigious Bonython family to the controversial composer, Percy Grainger. With well over 150,000 burials, the site remains a historic, working cemetery, subject to heritage guidelines.
At 727 meters above sea level, Mount Lofty is truly Adelaide's Mount Everest! And the magnificent panorama at the summit yields sweeping views over the city, the Gulf, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island. Having gasped at the daytime view, it is almost impossible to resist a night-time return - whether that be at sunset or later in the evening when a galaxy of city lights burns defiantly against the inky blackness of the ocean beyond. Visitors can drive to the top but, during daylight, the most rewarding method is to climb there by taking the bush track through Cleland Conservation Park.
In 1856, the British Empire opened the first government owned steam railway. Known as the "Port Dock," the railway ran between Adelaide and Port Adelaide. Now residing on the site of the Port Dock station is Australia's largest undercover collection of locomotives, passenger carriages and freight vehicles. Every child's train-set dream come true-there are railway signals and gauges, steam-engines and diesel locomotives, plus a complete history of South Australian railways. You can even ride a three and a half kilometer steam railway journey along the foreshore!
Ross Roses is one of Australia's premier rose growers, and the pleasant drive to the nursery is a journey well worth taking. Members of staff are happy to provide advice and assist with your selection, and the delightful display gardens are reason enough to come. Stroll along glorious avenues of bush roses, and linger under arbors heavily festooned with scented climbers: overwhelming natural beauty surrounds you. The aroma of fresh coffee from the tea rooms may tempt you away from the garden, but, seated on the balcony overlooking the roses, you can have your cake and eat it.
One of the best-known religious sites in Australia, the Shrine of Our Lady of Yankalilla can be found on the main road in the peaceful valley hamlet of Yankallila. Apparitions of Our Lady of Yankalilla appeared first on the wall of the picturesque local church, which was founded in 1857. Two underground streams form a cross directly under the alter and this holy water is used for blessings.