Adelaide city skyline viewed across Elder Park.

Adelaide Plains

South Australia

Home to the capital city of South Australia and the location of some of the states most productive agricultural & market garden land.

The Adelaide Plains can be roughly divided into three parts. The southern area covered by the city of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. The central area is market gardens and wineries. The northern area is predominantly grain & sheep farming.

Adelaide (Tarndanya) is the capital city of South Australia and located on the Adelaide Plains north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, between the Gulf St Vincent and the low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges. The city stretches 20 km (12 mi) from the coast to the foothills, and 90 km from Gawler at its northern extent to Sellicks Beach in the south.

The Adelaide Plains is a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, parklands, cafes and restaurants, with rolling hills to the east and beaches to the west. The Adelaide Plains are noted for its many festivals and sporting events, its food and wine, its long beachfronts, and its large defence and manufacturing sectors.

A number of creeks and rivers flow through the Adelaide Plains region. The largest are the Torrens and Onkaparinga catchments. Adelaide has had wide multi-lane roads from its beginning, an easily navigable grid layout and a beautiful green ring around the city centre.

The renowned Adelaide Festival of Arts and Fringe Festival were established in 1960. Other festivals include FEAST (a queer culture celebration), Tasting Australia (a biennial food and wine affair), and the Royal Adelaide Show (an annual agricultural show and state fair).


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    The River Torrens

    The River Torrens flows 85km from its source in the Adelaide Hills and runs between the city-centre and North Adelaide forming the Torrens Lake.

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