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In the outback

Suburban parks, street canopies and private gardens make Adelaide a city that’s really close to nature.
Hindustan Times | By Rupali Dean, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2010 01:30 AM IST

Arriving in Adelaide, I drove around the city and discovered that the colonists who arrived from 1836 built it in stone and their architectural heritage is well preserved. A rather beautiful city and you could say the only one in the world surrounded by parks. There’s wine aplenty. On weekends, more cellar doors open and winery restaurants too throw open their doors.

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As far as city atmosphere goes, Adelaide has it all. To start with, I took a tour of the South Australia Museum, which features taxidermied animals, fossils and big old rocks. One can also see plenty of Aboriginal artifacts which are quite spectacular. It also has a lot of whale skeletons on display, which are interesting just for their gigantic size. A must-visit also is the Rodney Fox Shark Museum. Fox is a legend. He was attacked by a Great White Shark in the 60s and half his torso disappeared. Since then, he has dedicated his life to researching these sharks. The first port of call for anyone visiting Adelaide could be Barossa Valley; the wineries are dotted around the region with the most professional cellar-door operation at Jacob’s Creek.

Apart from this, Rundle Mall held my attention for a couple of hours. In the evening, I walked around the river Torrens into North Adelaide. This has a couple of streets just full of different restaurants, bars and cafes, most of them worth visiting at least once.

Koalas and kangaroos
The Regional Express alias REX flight from Adelaide takes 25 minutes to reach Island Kangaroos. And it was not more than 15 minutes later, that I started spotting Koalas on the trees. Later, I sighted Wallabies, and shortly, a pair of kangaroo in Island Kangaroos. The best part is these animals don’t seem to mind that you have invaded their habitat as long as you don’t get too close.

One of the highlights of the trek was seeing the glossy black cockatoo in the wild. Next was Seal Bay, an awesome place, a beach cove protected by rocky cliffs on both end and dune hills. Sea lions are protected here from the cold winds. Sadly it was my penultimate day in South Australia and journey back home that meant beginning of a tyrannical Indian summer.

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