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Cycling in the park
Cycling in the park
Volleyball on the beach
A Gondola ride on the River Torrens

Tourist in Adelaide

Thursday, July 1, 2004
Jules is playing tourist this week with Tatiana as they show us around Adelaide’s must-see sights.

Jules Lund volunteered to be an honorary Adelaidian to do our Tourist In Your Own City story there. He enlisted the help of adopted-Adelaidian, silver medal pole vaulter Tatiana Grigorieva.

Adelaide, The City of Churches, was designed in 1836 and is nestled between sea and hills. The one-and-a-half square kilometre city area is easy to navigate, featuring wide streets. High-rise buildings have been kept at a minimum. Rather, original stone colonial buildings, mansions and workers' cottages have been retained, and a delightful belt of parklands borders the city precincts.

Rundle Mall has a wide variety of shops, and along North Terrace are the Museum, Art Gallery, University and Casino, which is in the beautifully refurbished 1920s railway station.

South Australia's citizens were not drawn from convict stock, but were free settlers attracted by the wealth that wool, wheat and copper could bring them. They enjoy a good climate and good soil which, combined, produces some of the best food and wines in Australia. Barossa, Clare and Eden Valleys, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Langhorne Creek are some areas growing export-quality wines.

There's no doubt Adelaide is poles apart from St Petersburg, birthplace of Tatiana Grigorieva, but while she still travels away to train, she considers the city to be home. She and her husband enjoy the lifestyle and friendly people of Adelaide, along with its beaches, sporting venues and the Adelaide Markets.

The market was established in 1869, making it Australia's oldest continuously operating market. It offers fruit and vegetables, most of which is grown within an hour of the market, plus seafood, meat, poultry, nuts and confectionery, gourmet produce, cheeses, smallgoods and there are cafés aplenty when you need a break.

A Susie Cowe Boutique Tour will guide you through the stalls while she tells you of the market's history. She has other tours including the Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula and Hills.

The enterprising Susie Cowe is also co-owner of one of Adelaide's most-visited places — Cowley's Pie Cart. It is a late-night favourite for a pie floater — a meat pie floating in pea soup and topped with tomato sauce is the ideal way to finish a night on the town.

Those who want to work off the result of too many floaters head to Henley, Glenelg or Semaphore Beach for a game of beach volleyball, a booming sport in Adelaide.

The sport made its Olympic debut in Atlanta in 1996 and there was great national pride when Kerri Pottharst and Natalie Cook won gold in Sydney in 2004. Adelaide is home for the National Olympic Program for Beach Volleyball, but it's not just for elite athletes. All you need is a ball, some sand, a net, a partner and two opponents.

The beaches are beautiful with grass-topped dunes, picnic lawns, jetties, markets, fishing and tourist amenities. Dining can be a cosmopolitan experience, or just a delicious ice cream or coffee as you stroll along.

Less strenuous than volleyball is a bicycle ride. Adelaide has a great network of routes catering for all abilities. You can cycle off-road through River Torrens Linear Park, through quiet back streets or dedicated lanes on busier roads. Bicycles can be hired from Linear Park Bikes.

For a gentle Venetian experience on the River Torrens in the heart of Adelaide, you can ride in an Italian built gondola. Adelaide Gondola has three of them and up to 18 people can ride at any one time. Passengers can take along a picnic to enjoy while taking in the city's landmarks, and can be picked up and dropped off anywhere they choose.

Pie cart pea soup:
500g bacon bones
375g blue boiling peas
250g green split peas
1 large carrot

Place blue peas into large bowl, cover with boiling water and leave overnight.

The next day, cover bacon bones with cold water in a large pan and bring to the boil. Boil for 10-15 minutes and then strain off water.

Strain blue peas and add bones, together with split peas. Cover with hot water and bring to the boil. Simmer for around two hours until peas are mushy.

Grate carrot and add about 30 minutes before service.

Chef’s Note: If you have cooked pastry left over from making a pie, it can be crushed and added to the soup to thicken it.

Place a hot meat pie on a plate and pour the soup over the top. It's the South Australian way!


Around the capital of South Australia


Adelaide Central Markets open from 7am to 5.30pm on Tuesday, 9am to 5.30pm on Thursday, 7am to 9pm on Friday and 7am to 3pm on Saturday.

Susie's Boutique Tours operate on market days and cost $30 for a two-hour tour. Bookings are essential.

Cowley's Pie Care is open from 6pm to 1am from Sunday to Thursday and 6pm to 4am Friday and Saturday. Pie Floaters are $5.

Volleyball nets are permanently set up at Henley Beach from October to late march, and it is free to play.

Linear Park Bicycles cost $20 for day hire or $8 for an hour. They are open daily.

Adelaide Gondola rides cost $60 for half an hour, $95 for an hour and run daily by appointment.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.

More information

Adelaide Central Markets
Victoria Square
Between Grote & Gouger Streets
Adelaide 5000

Susie's Boutique Tours
PO Box 339, Burnside 5066
Ph: (08) 8332 1749

Cowley's Pie Cart
Franklin Street
Victoria Square, Adelaide 5000
Ph: (08) 8268 3533, fax: (08) 8332 1749

Henley Beach Volleyball
Ph: (08) 8224 0144 08 8124 9100
Fax: (08) 8124 9101

Linear Park Bikes
Elder Park
King William Road Adelaide 5000
Ph: 0400 596 065

Adelaide Gondola
War Memorial Drive
North Adelaide 5006
Ph: (08) 8358 1800, 0414 243 732 with MessengerShare

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