The city is small, just over 1 million people, and while it has sprawling suburbs, its center looks like this:
That entire green figure-8 is all parkland. Some of it is grassy and landscaped, while some is naturally scrubby and covered in eucalyptus. It's all criss-crossed with bike trails, waterways, and features like the beautiful Botanical Gardens and the Adelaide Zoo. It's also surrounded by low mountains, which makes for a more pleasing backdrop than the usual flat-as-a-plate Australian topography.
|In the Botanical Gardens|
|A shady lane of fig trees|
|A fig tree in a nearby park|
|Bicycle for scale|
Central Adelaide, about 10 minutes away by foot, is an easy-to walk grid, also full of restaurants and cafes and markets. Near the center are the Adelaide Central Markets, which are overflowing with vegetable stalls, bakeries, gourmet stores, and sweets shops, including the famous "Stinky Cheese Shop." I walked around for nearly 15 minutes just being overwhelmed before buying the next month's worth of cured meats, hard cheese, roasted nuts, and produce.
|A mix of old and new architecture and parkland in downtown Adelaide.|
|The "Balls on the Mall," a public sculpture in one of the many pedestrian areas.|
Plus, they got cool birds.
|A punk pigeon|
|Rainbow lorikeets are everywhere, but they're fast and they stay in the treetops, so this was the first shot I caught. It's screaming. They do that. A lot.|