I was expecting a bigger version of Christchurch and found a smaller version of Melbourne, complete with giant sports stadiums downtown, a vibrant arts scene, a river side setting, beautiful heritage buildings and funky modern architecture. I only had about thee hours to explore the place but I’m a quick explorer, and expect to return sometime.
To be honest my first impressions were not great. First I drove along South Road on my way to Wilpena Pound, which made Auckland’s Great South Road seem charming in comparison (which it really isn’t). On my return to Adelaide I walked in the rain and cold from the station to the YHA quite uninspired.
It was amazing the transformation sunshine and finding the right parts of town brought though, as I excitedly explored the CBD and wandered along by the Torrens River. I hit payday on North Terrace, from the original and newer Parliament buildings along to the University of Adelaide, so many beautiful colonial heritage buildings, and I found more elsewhere later on.