For two weeks, I lived in the small Barossa town of Williamstown, South Australia. While my time in South Australia was short, it was certainly not without some crazy weather. When I arrived, my host family was in the process of evacuating themselves and their horses from a nearby bushfire in the Adelaide Hills that burnt over 13,000 hectares of land. Within days, the weather shifted to rain… and lots of it. From one extreme to another, I got the full South Australia climate experience.
Despite the absolutely nutty weather conditions, my host family was still able to show me many of the great sights (and tastes) of the area. While seemingly overlooked by many travelers, the Barossa Valley and the surrounding area has something for everyone.
Yesterday, I caught an early morning ride into Adelaide’s CBD on my host dad’s way to work. I braved the 40o heat (we’re talking Celsius!) and set out to make the most of my day in the South Australian capital. But before I get to my itinerary for the day, here are some fast facts about Adelaide.
– Adelaide was named after Queen Adelaide, wife of King William IV.
– Unlike the other Australian state capitals, Adelaide was established as a free colony, mostly by German settlers.
– The Torrens River divides the city into two parts: Adelaide and North Adelaide.
– Adelaide’s nickname is the “City of Churches.” Bet ya can’t guess why.
– The city center is only one square mile, making it easily walkable.