Interesting facts you might not know about Adelaide

The chic city of Adelaide is famous for its rich history, fun entertainment, and a multicultural atmosphere. But what else is there to know? Keep reading to find out seven unusual facts you might have never heard of before!

  • Adelaide wasn’t Settled by Convicts

    Adelaide is the only capital city in Australia that was never settled by convicts, which has made the locals extremely smug. Established in 1836, the city was a planned capital for only free British settlers. A majority of the people had no criminal history, the city was thought to have little crime compared to other areas, so no prison was built for some time. Criminals took advantage of this decreased law enforcement and a prison was added soon after.

  • The ‘20 minutes City’

    Adelaide is known as a small city, but did you know it only takes 20 minutes to get to any point in the city? Nicknamed the 20-minute city, Adelaide is one of the easiest cities to venture around in as you will only be stuck traffic or public transport for a top of 20 minutes.

  • The ‘City of Churches’

    Adelaide has many nicknames, including the city of churches. To understand this nickname, you merely have to take a look around the city, for you will see a church on every corner. Some are historic monuments where some are simply a few years old, but each beautifully designed church adds to the city’s peaceful atmosphere.

  • Home to the biggest display of Aboriginal Artefacts

    Although this might not be your first guess, Adelaide is home to the largest display of Aboriginal artefacts. this huge range is displayed at the South Australia Museum, giving you an exceptional education to the past and present lives of the indigenous communities of Australia.

  • The Opal City

    Adelaide is known as the opal capital of Australia, famous both locally and internationally for the best-selling opals available. Lighten your wallets as you shop around to find the best-priced opal for you!

  • Has the third most expensive building

    The city’s recent construction of the Royal Adelaide Hospital has cost a whopping 2.7billion Australian dollars. This makes it the third most expensive building in the entire world. The hospital also broke the record for being the biggest building ever built in Australia in terms of floor space.

  • The City of Firsts

    Throughout history, Adelaide has been at the centre of forward thinking. Being the first city to give women access to vote, recognise aboriginal land rights, as well as eliminate sexual and racial discrimination.

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