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The Garden of Adelaide

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When the British settlers arrived in South Australia in the early 1800s, after several months at sea, they probably believed they had found the Garden of Eden, so they built many handsome churches like the ones back home so they could thank their god. This church in North Adelaide is a replica of the church in Stone, Staffordshire…
They also built many fine-looking houses…
…elegant hotels…
…and grandiose public buildings…
…along wide flower lined boulevards…
They then surrounded their homes and their new city with beautiful gardens…
Adelaide’s botanical gardens were planted in 1855 and the city’s Mediterranean climate, together with its sheltered location, provides the ideal conditions for all manner of vegetation to thrive. Giant palms and even bananas flourish alongside eucalyptus, oaks and London planes. This avenue of majestic Morton Bay Fig trees was planted 161 years ago…
Adelaide is truly a Garden of Eden where even the city shuttle bus and bicycles are free to locals and tourists…
After four days in the Outback almost any city might seem interesting and exciting, but Adelaide seems to have it all. When we set our itinerary we had no idea that we would roll into town on the busiest weekend of the year. It is a public holiday on Monday, (when The Adelaide Cup is run), and this weekend marks the grand finale of the Fringe Festival. We took in some of the festival sights, ate at some excellent restaurants and just enjoyed the ambience of this beautiful little city perched at the end of the world…
We hope you have enjoyed our Antipodean jaunt thus far but, having been on the road, (and in the air), for the past 43 days and having slept in 35 different places, it’s time we took a break. For the next four days we are going to be off the grid on one of Australia’s smaller isles - Kangaroo Island. If we are not back by Thursday you can assume that we’ve just fallen in love with the place – we certainly loved Adelaide.

Posted by Hawkson 15:50 Archived in Australia

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Very scenic and beautiful foliage. Have a restful time on Kangaroo Island.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Kangaroo Island? Can't wait to see pictures from there. Four days of beach-lolling. Way to go.

by R and B

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