Road trip across Australia – Days 5 & 6 Adelaide

We had a smooth trip down to Adelaide after leaving Port Augusta, a trip of about three hours. We decided not to detour into Port Pirie as we had visited before. We noticed that there were some large wind farms near the town of Redhill.
The road from Port Wakefield to Adelaide, a distance of about 90 kilometres, is dual highway and a very good road.
You can tell when you are getting close to Adelaide as you see a lot of market gardens and there is more industry. We were going to the hills suburb of Hawthorndene, so skirted the CBD, although we did make it to the parks which surround the CBD, and got to within a few kilometres of the city centre.
There are some lovely stone houses in A delaide, most of which have attractive gardens. Adelaide is a rather small city, and the traffic was smooth and easy to negotiate. As we headed up into the hills we got some fantastic views of the city, but as the road was steep, narrow and very curvy I left the admiration of the views to others as I concentrated on the ride.
We were staying with friends, and it was great to be welcomed into a private home after a few days staying in motels and the like. Hawthorndene is just 14 kilometres from Adelaide city, but it felt like we were in the country, as it was just so green and serene.
We stayed two nights in Adelaide, and spent most of the second day sightseeing. We visited the beachside suburb of Glenelg, which has had a lot of high-rise built since we were last there, but the area has a lot of character. We visited the Bay Discovery Centre, which is located in the old town hall. Today is used as a gallery and museum, and we enjoyed a display of penny arcade attractions which were built by an art teacher named Archer out of junk.
Many of his entertainment machines were hilarious, and others very clever, and the experience was similar to penny arcades that were popular at the beginning of the 20th century, except that the peepshow and fortune teller machines had a modern edge to them.
We then drove into and around the city (because we wanted to see it, not because we were lost), then parked to walk through Adelaide.
Adelaide’s streets did not seem to be very busy with pedestrians, but it is a small city, and being able to wander it streets in relative comfort, without being hassled, was a pleasant experience. Rundle Mall is a central city shopping mall and it has pedestrian access only. For some reason it has a group of bronze pig statues at its centre. I suppose it was quirky, but I didn’t really understand their significance.
We spent a couple of hours wandering around Adelaide, admiring some of its historic buildings, and then we headed over to the River Torrens, close to the Adelaide Cricket Ground. There was woman standing by the side of the Torrens fishing. Apart from this section of the river, which has been dammed to make a lake, the Torrens is a very small river, which I wouldn’t have thought would have a lot of fish in it, but the lady angler may have been more entertained in the leisure aspect of fishing rather than the expectation of a record haul.
That lady fishing summed up the real beauty of Adelaide for me. It is a city that does not rush. It offers the benefits of city living: entertainment, restaurants, and facilities, without the stress of dealing with crowds. It is a city where you can be yourself; it is a city with a human aspect.

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