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Crafers and Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills. | The Ruins of Marble Hill and other interesting local places. | City of Adelaide and suburbs | Touring through the Adelaide Hills | The Murray River, lifeline of our state | Blackwood in the Adelaide Hills | Clarendon on the banks of the Onka | Hahndorf - where the Prussians settled. | Historic Coromandel Valley | Jupiter Creek Gold Diggings | Monarto Zoological Park | Mylor - a tiny hills township. | Oakbank on Onkaparinga | South (Australian) Coastal Areas | Scott Creek Conservation Park | Shopping on The Parade | Stirling in the Adelaide Hills. | Strathalbyn - Valley of the Scots | Walk the Port | Southern Vales amongst the vines

City of Adelaide and suburbs

Named in honour of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen consort to King William IV, the city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for a freely settled British province in Australia. Colonel William Light, one of Adelaide's founding fathers, designed the city and chose its location close to the River Torrens, in the area originally inhabited by the Kaurna people. Light's design set out Adelaide in a grid layout, interspaced by wide boulevards and large public squares, and entirely surrounded by parklands.

As South Australia's seat of government and commercial centre, Adelaide is the site of many governmental and financial institutions. Most of these are concentrated in the city centre along the cultural boulevard of North Terrace, King William Street and in various districts of the metropolitan area. Today, Adelaide is noted for its many festivals and sporting events, its food and wine, its long beachfronts, and its large defence and manufacturing sectors. It ranks highly in terms of liveability, being listed in the Top 10 of The Economist's World's Most Liveable Cities index in 2010, 2011 and 2012. It was also ranked the most liveable city in Australia by the Property Council of Australia in 2011, 2012 and again in 2013.