Facts about Adelaide, AustraliaWelcome to South Australia, The Friendly State.
- The First Australian Capital to Be Linked by Telegraph With London:
In 1872, Adelaide was the first Australian capital city to be connected by telegraph with London. Before that time, the Australian colonies had to rely on ships to carry news and mail between Europe and “down under”, which typically took anywhere from two to five months to arrive. After a mammoth operation that took years to complete, the Overland Telegraph was finally finished on 22 August 1872. Charles Todd, the Superintendent of Telegraphs, sent the first official message from London to Adelaide that day and from then, the information travel time between London and Australia was effectively cut down to just over a week.
- South Australia Is Known as the “Festival State”:
Nicknamed the “Festival State”, South Australia prides itself on being an art and culture hub and holds multiple creative festivals throughout the year. Visitors to the state can enjoy events such as the Adelaide Festival, the Adelaide Film Festival, Feast Festival and Cabaret Festival. The popular WOMADelaide world music festival attracts international artists from all around the globe, while the Adelaide Fringe Festival is a premier, open-access event and the largest annual arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere.
- South Australia Produces Half of Australia’s Wine Volume:
If you love a tipple and appreciate the difference between a bold shiraz and a smooth merlot, then you’ll love visiting Australia’s wine capital. Producing near half of the country’s yearly wine total, South Australia is home to 18 different wine regions and more than 200 cellar doors, all within just an hour’s drive of Adelaide.
- The World’s Opal Capital:
Outback town Coober Pedy is known for its status as the biggest opal-producing area in the world. A fascinating town to add to any South Australian itinerary, Coober Pedy houses residents from more than 40 different countries, and at least half the population lives in underground accommodation in order to escape the region’s soaring summer temperatures.
- Australia’s First Certified Organic Pizza Restaurant:
With three locations in Adelaide, GoodLife is Australia’s first organic pizza bar certified by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA). This means that all purchased ingredients are from a method of sustainable farming that does not use artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides and has a Fair Trade approach as well.
- Lake Eyre:
South Australia is the driest state on the world’s driest continent — a fact that becomes evident on a visit to Lake Eyre National Park. This vivid, stark landscape is home to Australia’s largest salt lake and the lowest point in the whole country. The Lake Eyre basin covers one-sixth of the continent and stretches 144 kilometres long and 77 kilometres wide.
- Kangaroo Island:
Australia’s third largest island, Kangaroo Island, is a spectacular area that is sometimes described as a “zoo withoutfences”. The island is a pristine wilderness and home to over 250 species of birds plus countless populations of native Australian animals. It also happens to be the only sanctuary in the world for Ligurian bees.
National Motor Museum:
Australia’s most important collection of vintage motor cycles and cars is housed at the National Motor Museum at Birdwood, about 50 kilometres from Adelaide. The museum contains more than 300 classic vehicles and regularly hosts special events throughout the year.
The World’s Largest Cattle Station Is in South Australia:
South Australia is also home to the world’s largest cattle station. At roughly 24,000 square kilometres, Anna Creek Station is larger even than Israel or Belgium, and eight times the size of the largest ranch in the United States.
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