Feb 16, 2014
16.02.2014 - 18.02.2014 20 °C
Adelaide is Australia’s 5th largest city with a population of over 1.2 million Adelaideans and is located on the Gulf St Vincent in front of the low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges. It is about the same distance south of the equator as Los Angeles is north of the equator. It was founded as a freely settled British province rather than a penal colony.
We didn’t dock in Adelaide itself but rather at the Outer Harbour near Salisbury about 30 km out of town. Once we tied up a band started to play to welcome people walking across the gangplank.
Again they had busses arranged for us to get into town and we took the commuter train back. Once on land we were greeted by a large number of friendly volunteers who helped us to find our way to the busses and into town.
Adelaide is a planned city on a grid layout with wide boulevards and large public squares and its city centre is entirely surrounded by parkland. It strikes you immediately as a beautiful city which is clean, friendly and seems to have excellent public transit infrastructure with both busses and LRT on their own right of way in many areas.
Street scene showing wide streets, street cars and old and new buildings
After getting off the shuttle bus in front of the city center train station we walked along one of the main streets past the Parliament of South Australia
A memorial to Soldiers who fought in WW1
The Art Gallery
We reached an area occupied by the Univeristy of Adelaide with many old and new campus buildings.
Campus Map showing the large number of buildings in the area.
We then came to the Botanic Gardens
Dave in front of the Botanic Gardens
Water Lily Garden
Museum of Economic Botany
Adelaide ranks highly in terms of liveability. Despite its very large and vibrant University, the average of its citizens is higher than other Australian cities with more than 27% of its population being 55 or older. It has generally lower average income and much lower housing costs than Sydney and Melbourne. Many of the houses we saw outside of the city centre were quite small by our standards and mostly bungalows on very small lots with fences being a common and prominent feature. Everything was neat and tidy. Most of the roofs were metal or concrete or clay tile – we have yet to see asphalt shingles on a roof in this country.
After our extended walk we returned back to the Library to download a couple of blog issues we had prepared earlier and to check our e-mail from home. We then walked back to the downtown train station to catch the commuter train back to the Outer Harbour area where our ship is tied up.
Adelaide Train Station
Hazel, Roy, Sue, Cal and Joan waiting for the train.
Joan Hazel and Sue in a very crowded train car.
We had our usual cocktail before another wonderful dinner
Hazel in the Ensemble Lounge with the first umbrella drink of the cruise
The next 2 days were sea days and therefore there were lots of activities offered on the ship to keep us busy and entertained. One outstanding one was a buffet brunch offered in the Grand Eperrnay Restaurant (main dining room).
Brunch in the Grand Epernay Restaurant
Ice Carvings with 2 spectacular vegetable carvings at each side
We sailed westwards (heading of 275 degrees for our sailing friends) all along the Great Australian Bight (a bend in the coast which forms a giant open bay) off the southern edge of the Australian continent. It is sometimes considered part of the Indian Ocean but the Australians consider it to be part of the Southern Ocean. The coastline is the longest ice-free east-west coastline in the Southern Hemisphere. Probably because the waters are relatively shallow, we sailed well south of land (probably 300-400 km off shore) and could not see the spectacular coastline which is characterized by cliff faces up to 60 m high, surfing beaches and rock platforms.
Next stop - Esperance