Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and the fifth largest city in Australia, with a population exceeding 1.1 million. Named in honour of Queen Adelaide, the consort of King William IV, the city is unique in that it was planned from the onset of settlement in 1836 by Colonel William Light and is the capital of the only freely settled province in Australia. Navigating your way through the streets of Adelaide is delightfully easy due to the grid-like fashion in which the city is laid out. The heart of the city is a delightful mixture of old buildings and modern architecture interspersed with parks, gardens and reserves. The Torrens River meanders through the city and the white sands of Glenelg, Semaphore and Henley beaches are all minutes from the city centre. Often referred to as the City of Churches, Adelaide has much to offer travellers in the way of sights to see and places to go.
Adelaide provides an ideal starting point for tourists and travellers to explore the city itself and South Australia. Accommodation is readily available and generally reasonably priced with options to suit any budget ranging from luxury hotels to backpacker style accommodation.
Art Gallery of South Australia is located on North Terrace, Adelaide and is the premier arts institution in South Australia with over 35,000 works of art and over 500,000 visitors every year.
Ayers House is one of Adelaides most prominent historic buildings located at 288 North Terrace Adelaide. Originally built for William Paxton around 1846, it was leased to Henry Ayers in 1855 when Paxton returned to England. Ayers was a wealthy industrialist and politician of great renown who was Premier of South Australia seven times during his 38 year political career. It was he who Ayers Rock, now Ularoo, was named to honor. During Henry Ayers occupation of the building from 1855 to 1897 the mansion was expanded from 9 rooms to the 41 room mansion that stands today. It has been used as a dance hall and nurses quarters but is now a museum and function hall.
Adelaide General Post Office is located at 141 King William Street Adelaide. The Adelaide Post Office has been located at this site since 1851 and the current building was constructed between 1867 and 1872. It is a beautiful two-storey building built in the Victorian Free Classical Style featuring a grand postal chamber with a half-domed roof and peripheral clerestory lighting. A gallery at first floor level is supported on ornamental cast-iron trusses with matching cast iron balustrading. The building features a prominent clock tower that was completed in 1875.