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Adelaide, Australia

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When Colonel Light founded Adelaide in 1836, he had a simple plan: a one square mile city center and lots of open space. He laid out the streets in a grid, surrounded by a ring of what are now State Heritage Listed parklands. The city centre is surrounded by parklands and is a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, parklands, cafes and restaurants. Just two hours’ drive and a short ferry ride south of Adelaide is Kangaroo Island with its pristine beaches, unique wildlife and awesome sunsets.

Adelaide is the "perfect host city" and is "ready to be uncorked"...so says Lonely Planet which named the South Australian capital as one of "the top 10 must visit cities for 2014". Adelaide is easy to get around with rolling hills to the east and beaches to the west. The airport is only seven kilometers away and major beaches are less than half an hour away by car.

Adelaide, is home to some of Australia's most popular events and festivals such as the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide, just to name a few. Sports fans will love the award-winning Santos Tour Down Under and Clipsal 500 V8 car race.

Some of the best wines in Australia come from the Queensland area. Red wine is produced near Coonawarra on the Limestone Coast and the Barossa, an hour's drive from Adelaide. The Clare Valley, also an hour's drive from Adelaide is famous for its Rieslings. The Adelaide Hills produces stunning white wine as does McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Adelaide has a diverse cultural mix that guarantees the food is sensational. Rundle Street, includes a mix of historic pubs and family-run cafes and restaurants. Dine alfresco, morning, noon and night. Five minutes away, Norwood Parade is famously European influenced while Gouger Street near Chinatown and the Adelaide Central Market is crammed with Asian restaurants.

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