South Australian Capital Adelaide appeared to us a much more organized well planned city than others. Australians call Adelaide the festival city. The Adelaide city Centre is the innermost locality of Greater Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. It is known by locals simply as "The City" or "Town".
The locality is split into two key geographical distinctions: the city "square mile", bordered by North, East, South and West Terraces; and that part of the Adelaide Parklands south of the River Torrens which separate the built up part of the city from the surrounding suburbs. The locality is home to the parliament of the state of South Australia and many key state government offices. Due to the construction of many new apartments in the city, the population has grown from 10,229 (2006 census) to an estimated 22,000 (2012).
Adelaide is separated from its greater metropolitan area by a ring of public parklands on all sides. The square mile within the parklands is defined by a small area of high rise office and apartment buildings in the centre north, around King William Street, which runs north-to-south through the centre. Surrounding this central business district is a large number of medium to low density apartments, townhouses and detached houses which make up the residential portion of the city centre.
The layout of Adelaide, known as Light's Vision, features a grid pattern of wide streets and terraces and five large public squares: Victoria Square in the centre of the city, and Hindmarsh, Light, Hurtle and Whitmore Squares in the centers of each of the four quadrants of the Adelaide city centre.
Between North Terrace and South Terrace, all east-west roads change their names as they cross King William Street.
Also, traveling north-south, the cross-streets alternate between being wide (up to 4-lanes wide) and narrow (2-lanes wide), with the exception that Grote Street and Wakefield Street are up to 6-lanes wide. Note that in the south half of the city, in several places the Adelaide City Council has increased the widths of footpaths and changed the road markings so that traffic is restricted to use a lesser number of lanes than the full width of the road.
We planned to visit Adelaide CBD as 28th of December incidentally was Adelaide Day. The CBD became very colorful with a real festive look. The tourist came from all over Australia and New Zealand to avail the massive shopping festival at Adelaide. Rozy was looking for a good Camera which she chose and very happy to get a bright red Nikkon DSLR.
We enjoyed some open air musical shows, some presentations of aboriginal dances. People were very friendly and hospitable. We could find a young Bangladeshi family who explained how they find life comfortable there in a society where they get whole hearted cooperation from everyone. After lunch we planned to return to the Motor Inn for taking rest and going to the sea beach in the evening.
Visit to Adelaide Oval and Gleneg Sea Beach
Shuvro selected Glenelg as he thought it wise to have a survey of the beach as we would spend the New Years Eve on 31st December for fireworks there. Before going to the beach we visited Adelaide oval but could not enjoy a KFC Big Bash T20 Cricket match between South Australia and Queensland at Adelaide Oval. The tickets were sold out. We were not aware that Sakib was playing for Adelaide or otherwise we would have booked tickets earlier.
Adelaide Oval is a stadium in Adelaide, South Australia, located in the parklands between the city centre and Adelaide. The stadium is mostly used for cricket and football, but also plays host to rugby league, rugby union, soccer, and concerts. Its record crowd for cricket was 50,962 during the Bodyline Third Test in 1933, and its overall record attendance was 62,543 at the 1965 SANFL Grand Final between the Port Adelaide and Sturt Football Club.
The Oval has been headquarters to the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) since 1871 and South Australian National Football League (SANFL) since 2014. The stadium is managed by the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA). Redevelopments between 2008 and 2014, costing $575 million, increased the stadium's seating capacity from 34,000 to 53,583 (including standing room). The Adelaide and Port Adelaide Football Clubs also returned to the stadium, leaving Football Park.
In 2010, Austadiums.com called the Adelaide Oval "one of the most picturesque Test cricket grounds in Australia, if not the world." In December 2009 South Australian Premier Mike Rann announced a $450 million government commitment to redevelop Adelaide Oval to enable AFL Football to be played there. In May 2011 Treasurer Kevin Foley announced an increase in government funding to $535 million. After the redevelopment, sports journalist Gerard Whatley described it as "the most perfect piece of modern architecture because it's a thoroughly contemporary stadium with all the character that it's had in the past.”
Glenelg Sea Beach
Glenelg is a popular beachside suburb of the South Australian capital of Adelaide. Located on the shore of Holdfast Bay in Gulf St Vincent, it has become a popular tourist destination due to its beach and many attractions, home to several hotels and dozens of restaurants.
Established in 1836, it is the oldest European settlement on mainland South Australia (the oldest being Kingscote on Kangaroo Island), with the proclamation of the colony of South Australia. It was named after Lord Glenelg, a member of British Cabinet and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.
Through Lord Glenelg the name derives from Glenelg, Highland (previously Inverness-shire), Scotland. In Scottish Gaelic the name is Gleann Eilg. The name Glenelg is noteworthy for being a palindrome
We spent the afternoon and evening in the sea beach, had a bath in the sea .We also participated in the beach cricket with young Australians. We enjoyed the magnificent sunset at the beach before having lovely sea food dinner at a beachside restaurant.
BDST: 1140 HRS, OCT 5, 2014