British army engineer Colonel William Light, who wanted to create a Utopia in the Southern Hemisphere, founded Adelaide in 1836. Although he died soon after choosing the site on which the city was to be built, his design still forms the basis of today's city.
With its excellent location, elegant layout and beautiful parks, Adelaide provided an ideal home-from-home for members of the English aristocracy, who built some of Australia's most gracious mansions here. Characterised by a European feel, Adelaide is a cultural city brimming with cafes, churches and galleries.
The jewel in its crown is the Adelaide Festival Centre, which overlooks the Torrrens River and houses a concert hall, theatre and an outdoor amphitheatre. The city is ringed by attractive suburbs of which the oldest and most elegant is Glenelg, famous for its beaches.