Find yourself among a group of passionate South Australians – especially at a Crows or Port Power game – and you soon realise they are like no other.
This is also true of their capital, which clings to icons without equal anywhere in Australia. Here are a few aspects unique to Adelaide.
When Adelaide Oval was redeveloped to 21st-century stadium standard, some features couldn’t be touched: the ‘hill’, the 1911-vintage scoreboard and a bank of heritage-listed Moreton Bay fig trees planted in the 1890s.
Magically, Adelaide was able to boast it still had Australia’s prettiest stadium while catering to the modern needs of AFL and cricket and their fans. The view past the scoreboard to St Peter’s Cathedral, and with planes coming to land at the airport almost hovering over the ground, is pure Adelaide.
And in the modern tradition of if they build it we will climb it, Adelaide Oval now has roof-top tours ($99/$69), which can uniquely include watching test cricket or footy from the roof ($225). roofclimb.com.au
Gastronomes may scoff, but Adelaideans scoff it down guilt-free, because the floater – a meat pie in pea soup with gravy – is an official South Australian Heritage icon. It’s available 24 hours a day at either Vili’s cafe in Mile End or Bakery On O’Connell in North Adelaide.
The Bradman legend was born in New South Wales, but Australia’s most famous sportsman lived and worked most of his adult life in Adelaide, where they pay homage in several ways. You’ll come in from Adelaide Airport on Sir Donald Bradman Drive, but more tangible is the Bradman Collection at the Adelaide Oval (free entry) featuring footage, memorabilia and hands-on displays. adelaideoval.com.au