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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Adelaide, South Australia

View of the city from Mount Osmond

Fountain in Victoria Square

Post Office

Victoria Square

Victoria Square is in the heart of Adelaide and forms the centre of the city's grid of one square mile.

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia with a population of 1.2 million. Unlike Sydney and Melbourne, it didn't just evolve, it was planned. There is some confusion over who was responsible for the original design. Colonel William Light, the first Surveyor General of South Australia took all the glory but George Strickland Kingston is now considered to be the true designer with his grid layout, made up of wide streets, open public squares and completely surrounded with parkland.

Regardless of who was originally responsible for the design, Adelaide is a beautiful city and continues to be included in the Top 10 of the Economist's World's Most Livable Cities index.