Tuesday, 30 January 2007
Adelaide from the Foothills
My city, Adelaide, capital of South Australia, is a coastal city of just over one million inhabitants, situated on the plains of the Fleurieu Peninsula, between the Gulf St. Vincent and the Mount Lofty Ranges. It is 20 km from the coast to the foothills, but it stretches 90 km from its northern extent to the southern beaches.
South Australia was first charted by Capt. Matthew Flinders in 1802 in H.M.S. Buffalo.
On 8 April 1802, while sailing east, Flinders met up with the French explorer Nicolas Baudin, who was sailing west aboard Le Géographe. Both men had been sent by their governments on separate expeditions to map the unknown southern coastline of Australia. Flinders and Baudin met and exchanged details of their discoveries and Flinders later named the site of their meeting Encounter Bay. What was unknown to both men at the time, was that England and France were at war.
This is a view from the Mount Lofty Ranges, looking over the capital city of the only freely-settled British province in Australia.
The Square Mile of the city of Adelaide has wide boulevards and large public squares, and is entirely surrounded by parklands.
If you click on the image you may see this more clearly. Adelaide has a Mediterranean climate, where most of the rain falls in the winter months and there is usually no appreciable snowfall.
I hope this will help to introduce my city and I look forward to zooming-in on future occasions.