10 things you didn’t know about Adelaide


…. is a UNESCO designated City of Music, one of only 19 in the world.  We joined the network in 2015 on the basis of, amongst other things, our incredible program of festivals and events. Those festivals and events also put us in exalted company as part of the prestigious International Festival Cities Network.  The other cities in the network (and there are only 5) are Edinburgh,  Barcelona, Berlin, Krakow and Montreal. We each regard ourselves as our country’s ‘cultural capital’.

…. is also recognised as one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World – along with Bilbao, Bordeaux, Capetown, Mainz Rheinhessen in Germany, Mendoza, Porto, San Fransisco and the Napa Valley, Valparaiso in Chile and Verona in Italy. The South Australian wine industry is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine and Adelaide is the gateway to 18 distinct wine regions, many of which are within striking distance of the city.

… is currently ranked (by The Economist) as the 5th most liveable city in the world.  It is also regarded as Australia’s safest city,  and has recently been named the world’s 2nd cleanest city. Liveable.  Safe. Clean. Not a bad start.

… is built on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people.  The documentary Buckskin tells some of the story of this resourceful and resilient group – who are today doing an extraordinary job of reclaiming their almost lost language.

… has a proud history of social justice firsts.  SA was the first place in Australia, and only the second place in the world, to give women the vote.  It was the first place in the world to allow women to vote AND run for parliament.  It has also led the way on human rights issues – with early legislation enshrining rights on issues like gender equality, freedom of sexuality and aboriginal legal rights.

…. is a city in park.  Over 760 hectares of Park Lands ring the city and North Adelaide.  This green space now serves as the lungs for the city, but originally had an economic purpose.  Back in 1836, when the city was founded, the Park Lands provided a boundary to the new metropolitan area and a value to the land that lay within it.

… is on the National Heritage List. The work of our visionary founder, Colonel William Light – laying out a city in a grid, surrounded by Park Lands – is regarded as a masterwork of urban design and was honoured by a listing in 2007.

… boasts over 2000 heritage listed buildings in the city square mile and North Adelaide.

… is a university town.  It has six university campuses in the city square mile – and almost 30,000 students coming from all over the world to attend them.

…..is GM free. The cultivation of GM food crops is prohibited in South Australia, under regulations which will remain in place until at least 1 September 2019.