My husband loves sport, especially football, but he is also an avid cricket fan, so we had to visit the Adelaide Oval. The ground was established in 1871. It is situated in the parklands between the city centre and North Adelaide. It is home to the South Australian Redbacks, the Adelaide Strikers and the South Australian Cricket Association. The Adelaide Oval has a seating capacity of 36,000.
It is an attractive ground in a pleasant setting.
This is a pretty river with walkways. It goes through the centre of Adelaide and through Adelaide botanical gardens. I strongly recommend going for a stroll along it. We saw pelicans and black swans here.
If you have even a passing interest trains this is a must visit place. If you love trains well … what can I say … you’ll be in heaven.
Unlike a lot of “train museums” I have been to, this one is all about the trains - real trains. Railway memorabilia such as crockery, menu’s, station machines are all there but they very much take second place to the engines and carriages. An interesting non train display is a presentation outlining the difficulties in the early years of Australian train travel when train operators and travellers had to deal with three different railways gauges (track widths) across the country. The reproduction of an old Adelaide Railway Station indicator board is another non train highlight.
The real highlights of the museum are the engines and carriages. It has around 100 items of rolling stock – engines and carriages - representing State, Commonwealth and private railway operators on the three major rail gauges used in Australia. You can board many of the engines and carriages. Both engines and carriages have been lovingly restored – labours of love by the volunteers who run the museum. The Museum website provides a detailed listing of rolling stock which the more enthusiastic railway buffs among you may want to check out.
The most interesting train (history-wise) is the “tea and sugar” train. This train was originally used (starting in 1917) to transport a bank, general store, butchers, movie car, etc – each being housed in a separate carriage - to the workers as they built the Trans Australia Railway. So successful was the train that it continued in operation until 1996, bringing life’s necessities to isolated communities on the Nullarbor Plain. Each time the train crossed the Nullarbor, it brought along different cars to suit the different needs of outback residents throughout the year. In December a Christmas car was attached in which Santa travelled from town to town.
At some stage in your visit don’t forget to jump aboard the little train and have a trip around the boundary of the museum – its fun and its included in your ticket price.
The museum also operates the Semaphore and Fort Granville Tourist Railway – a two kms steam train (small) ride along the dunes from Semaphore Jetty to Point Malcolm and return. A bit touristy and gimmicky for me but kids (and many dads) will enjoy it.
Facilities – Snack bar and restrooms in addition to the Break of Guage Shop which has an impressive collection of railway books, DVDs and other souvenirs. Yes, of course, it has Thomas the Tank Engine toys and clothing.
Opening hours– Museum – Daily 10am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day and opens noon on Anzac day).
Getting there – Public Transport - Bus 150 from the city - Commercial Road Stop or Train to Port Adelaide Station (plus 15min walk). Free car park adjacent to Museum.
Child (3 - 15 yrs & accompanied by an adult) $6
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children) $32
The South Australian Government manages three botanic gardens in the Adelaide area:
The Adelaide Botanic Garden
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, and
Wittunga Botanic Garden.
The 14 hectares Wittunga Botanic Garden was established by Edwin Ashby in 1902 though did not come into state ownership until 1965. It was opened to the public in 1975 and contains and extensive collection of plants from Australia and South Africa (mainly from the Cape Province district which has similar climatic attributes to Adelaide).
The gardens were originally establish based on a formal English style though before long began to include South African plants – principally Ericas, Leucadendron and Proteas which are especially beautiful in spring.
The Australian sections feature plants from Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula (South Australian regions) and south western Australia.
The garden also features a butterfly garden and a grey box woodland planting, endangered in South Australia.
While spectacular in spring, it is still very much worth visiting any time of the year. My most recent visit was in December 2012. Give yourself about an hour (unless you bring a picnic and wile away some additional hours relaxing on the lawns by the lake).
The former Ashby family residence (rebuilt in 1934 after it was destroyed by a bushfire) is not open to the public.
Mon- Fri 8.30 am to 4 pm, Sat, Sun & public holidays 10 am to 5 pm (10-6 Daylight Saving Summer Period).
Guided walks leave from the car-park at 10:30am every Tuesday in Spring (September, October and November). The walks last about one and a half hours.
Getting there : Bus/Train - Due to a months (Jan 2013) upgrade work to the train service I cannot work out the public transport options. Generally the simplest approach is to take a local train from Adelaide Station to Blackwood Interchange (Belair line) and then a local bus or walk the 1km to the Garden. Suggest you ask at Adelaide Station as replacement buses are in operation. I will update as soon as I can.
Ample carparking is available onsite for those who choose to drive.
Admission : Free
Facilities – Toilets only
Saturday night, and what to do that won't cost a fortune?
We had our own car, but you can come here easily by public transport.
The Pacing Track is located on Globe Derby drive, which is 15kms from the CBD. On arrival, we just followed the signs to the FREE PARKING FOR CARS, parked the car, and then made our way to the entry gates.
Globe Derby has a stand which isn't used much in winter, but in summer it is. A large lawned area at the front had some people with picnic chairs sitting there and enjoying the action.
Inside is the Restaurant, which serves very good cheap meals, and was very popular. There is other seating behind the large glass windows, so you can stay in here and watch the races, or watch them on the Television's.
If you want a bet, there is a Tote which you can place bets on all races that are being covered that night. The minimum for a bet is $1.
There were 10 races the Saturday night we were here. We had a great time, even though it was a cool evening. In Summer, the crowds grow and people come with their children to enjoy the outdoors away from hot houses.
Quite often, they hold Pony races, where up and coming youngster's get to drive their ponies in a race. I love these, and at the end, they all get a reward.
ADMISSION DOESN'T BREAK THE BANK......In 2012....Adults $5
Located near St. Peter's Cathedral, is the Cross of Sacrifice Memorial Garden.
I walked across the road from the Cathedral and into the gardens.
The hedge lined garden features rose gardens, all were red Roses. I strolled through them, enjoying the roses, the gardens and taking time to view the large Memorial Cross. The Cross of Sacrifice memorial was given by the women of South Australia in memory of the men of South Australia who died in the Great War of 1914-1920. This impressive Cross over-looks the whole park and looking in the opposite direction, it's directly in line with St. Peter's Cathedral.
Say Adelaide Oval to me, and what do I think of.....Seagull's on the outfield of the cricket ground!
It is thought to be the most picturesque Test cricket ground in the world, as you can see St Peter’s Cathedral rising behind the elegant Edwardian scoreboard.
Quite a bit of history here, from the old Moreton Bay figs, planted in the 1890's, the Edwardian scoreboard erected in 1911, and the famous grassed mounds at the southern and northern ends (“the Hills”) were created in 1898, when earth was carted from the banks of the River Torrens.
These are being kept in the new renovations of the grounds.
Over a 100years ago, cycling was held here, this ceased in 1910.
The Adelaide oval is the home of cricket and host of major sporting and entertainment events. Cricket was first played at the Adelaide Oval in 1873 and the first Test match was played in December 1884, but it was the infamous Bodyline Test in January 1933 that saw a record 174,452 spectators come to Adelaide Oval to watch cricket. .
The Adelaide Oval has been visited by three future kings of England and Queen Elizabeth on the 1954 royal tour. Other state events held at the Oval include the memorial services for Dame Nellie Melba, Pope John Paul and former Test cricketer David Hookes.
Some of the world’s best-known entertainers have performed at the Oval with Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John and Billy Joel.
At the moment, the Oval is being redeveloped into what you see in my 1st photo.
TOURS....Start from the Adelaide Oval Function Centre Reception located inside the Clarrie Grimmett gate (North gate) off Pennington Terrace.
The tours run Monday to Friday at 10am all year round, with the exception of public holidays, match days and when the Oval is being prepared for International events.
During the South Australian cricket season (October to March) additional tours operate every Tuesday and Thursday commencing at 2pm.
Prices are $10 adult, $5 children/concession.
In the event of extreme hot weather (when the temperature is forecast to be 36 degrees or higher) the tours of the Oval will be reduced to one hour duration. Should the forecast be 40 degrees or higher the tours will be cancelled.
Please phone SACA on 8205 4733 to confirm hot weather conditions.
King William Street is the main road that runs through the centre of Adelaide. It was named after
King William IV, the then reigning monarch, who died within a month of it being named.
A lovely wide street, now once again it has Tram's running down the centre. It is the widest main street of all the Australian State capital cities.
Interesting is this fact.....Between North Terrace and South Terrace, all east-west roads change their names as they cross King William Street, this is because no one is allowed to cross the path of a monarch.
Along King William street are many wonderful old historic buildings that were standing here when Horse & carriage was the mode of travel. I even found some heads on one of the buildings!
It is well worth the walk or the Tram ride from North Terrace or Rundle Mall to Victoria Square.
The TRAM IS FREE TRAVEL FROM THE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE TO SOUTH TERRACE
The original “Beehive” corner was owned by John Rundle in 1849. The street that ran past his shop was named after him, becoming Rundle Street, which is now known as Rundle Mall.
The Beehive Corner was built in gothic revival style between 1895-97, a stand-out building at the beginning of Rundle Mall. The name was first used by Messrs Brewer and Robertson when they advertised their new drapery, "The Beehive" in the 'South Australian Register' in 1849.
The Beehive Corner was often used as a meeting place, and still is, everybody knows where it was located!
It is also where Adelaide’s first electric street lighting was installed in October 1895, and during the Federation Royal Visit in 1901, seats on a grandstand erected on the corner sold for ten shillings each. The Royal couple, who were later to be crowned King George V and Queen Mary, passed by here a total of three times.
Before entering the Adelaide Arcade, I had a good look at the outside. I saw there was the "Coat of Arms", only it was a little different to the one we have today.
Why, I wondered! The Adelaide Arcade was built in 1885, 16 years before federation and 24 years before a Coat of Arms was officially proclaimed in 1908.
Various competitions were conducted and the promoters of the Adelaide Arcade decided to adopt the one design they thought would eventually win the competition, only it didn't win!
How-ever, this Coat of Arms is still the one on the Adelaide arcade.
The design varies a little. It has a Kangaroo and Emu on each side, although opposite to the final Australian design. Next to the Emu and Kangaroo are sheaths of wheat and below them are grape vines, symbolising Australia as the land of opportunity.
Above these symbols is the sun rising over the ocean, as it was often referred to as the "Land of the rising sun".
Below the design is a scroll in which are written the words "Advance Australia".
A Sheep, Anchor, Sailing Ship crossing the ocean, Pick and shovel, are all symbols of the hard working pioneer spirit
After viewing the Fountain, it was time for a walk through the Adelaide Arcade.
First, a look at the outside of the building, only just been re-painted, wow! lovely! The facade is built in Italian Revival style, has pretty lacework and the Coat of Arms. Built in 1885, at that time it was considered a very modern building.
The 50 shop fronts had large windows, there were roof skylights, and it was also one of the first retail establishment's in Australia to have electric lights. It only took 5 months to build. To me, it has that "rich" feel, the dark wood and the Marble make a wonderful combination!
I think this is a lovely arcade to wander through, I love the lighting and the dark brown wood. Upstairs, it is still the same, but the ground floor has changed a little. I usually window shop, as the stores here are more expensive. Every time I see the "Button Bar," a small shop full of thousands of buttons, I wonder how it survives the big rental when selling only buttons, but it does!
Guess What! The Adelaide Arcade is believed to own a resident ghost!
A poor caretaker,named "Francis Cluney," had his head mutilated in the electricity generator in the 1900's. The newspaper report of the time was quite graphic in every detail.
Have you seen or heard sightings, strange footsteps, objects being moved from where they belong, and other strange phenomena which cannot be explained. It's believed there is not one, but 6 Ghost's in the Arcade!
Lucky it closes at night.
You can enter either from Rundle Mall or Pulteney Street.
OPEN...Monday - Thursday 9 - 7 PM.....Friday 9-9 PM ... SAT...9-5PM ...SUN..11-5PM.
Still on the same side as the War Memorial, is the State Library of S.A.
This is another building along North Terrace with beautiful architecture.
Stepping inside the foyer, you are welcomed by the "Kaurna" people, the original inhabitants of this area.
A Greeting stone says...
"First I welcome you all to my Kaurna country, and next I welcome you to the State Library of South Australia. My brothers, my sisters, let's walk together in harmony.
Inside, there is plenty to see if you aren't into studying etc.
Computer's can be used, but they do need to be booked ahead of time.
The Library has many exhibitions, like one on our most famous Cricketer, "Sir Donald Bradman."
Some of the exhibitions change, like the ones at the "Treasure Wall." The Wall extends for 24 metres and is made of 40 individual panels featuring South Australian natural materials, including abalone shell, bluestone, coal, cattle hide, copper, green glass, gold, granite, grapevine prunings, iron ore, lead, limestone, opal, quartz composite, salt, silver, slate, steel: car duco, talc, wheat, wool and zinc.
The current exhibition in May 2012, was about one of our famours Explorerer's, "John McDouall Stuart." This exhibition is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first successful south to north crossing of Australia through the centre.
Stuart led six expeditions which explored N/West South Australia, then north towards the centre of the continent, and onwards, finally reaching the north coast of Australia on 24 July 1862. He led all his men safely, even though he was very sick. Stuarts route was used as the Overland Telegraph Line, and is commemorated today by the Stuart Highway. When you visit the outback of Australia, you will realize what a huge achievement this was.
This is located on Level 1 in the Spence Building until September, 2012, when the exhibition changes.
The Library is closed on all Public Holidays
OPEN...Monday-Wednesday 10 am-8 pm.........Thursday and Friday 10 am-6 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm
These are the hours for the main part, check the website for more details.
ENTRY IS FREE
After viewing Scots Church, it was time to look at the historic Ruthven Mansions, Adelaides first apartment building with all the “mod cons”, including electric lighting and air conditioning, all those necessities we take forgranted now!
This 4/5 story building was built in two stages between 1911-12 and 1914.
One of the first residents of the Ruthven Mansions was English woman, Evelyn James, a stewardess on the Titanic. After the disaster, she married Dr William James and they migrated to Australia, living for more than a year at the Ruthven Mansions.
Luckily, the building was saved after falling into disrepair and now is Apartments and a Shopping Arcade.
The Mansion's are the red & cream building located behind Scot's Church in Pulteney Street.
A walk through the Regent arcade took me through to the next street, which was Grenfell street.
Plenty of Clothing shops catering for all types of wear, from formal to traditional and trendy!
Plenty of accessory stores, and even beauty salons. Of course, there is always somewhere to enjoy a coffee and cake!
The Arcade leads through where the Regent Picture Theatre once was. The building is still standing but the Theatre is now closed.
This nice building, built in 1928, was considered the most luxurious theatre in the country.
Can you imagine what it was like, I can, as I have been to the pictures here many times.
They used to have an Orchestra pit, with a full size orchestra and a 1930 Wurlitzer organ. Velvet curtains were drawn open to show the screen, and then all the "shorts' were shown and cartoons.
This was a time when Picture Theatres were large, and fairly full with patrons. It was a luxurious Theatre.
High quality chocolates and Haigh's go hand in hand. Haighs was founded in Adelaide in 1915, by Alfred E. Haigh, and this shop on Beehive Corner in Rundle Mall was his first shop. Its decor remains as it was when it opened.
They even managed to survive during the "war" years, but instead of chocolates, they were making boiled lollies and toffee's for the Troops.
They learnt a lot of their chocolate making from the Swiss, so no wonder the chocolate is good.
Good chocolate = expensive chocolate, don't expect to find anything cheap at Haighs, but remember, the quality is there.
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