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Adelaide has frequently found itself labelled ‘Australia’s overlooked state capital’. Sydney has the bragging rights, Melbourne the sport and restaurant scene, Brisbane the sunshine and even Perth has come into its own as a hipster capital. But being something of a sleeper has its advantages, as South Australia’s capital and the surrounding wine regions of McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley provide for a memorable break, without the hordes of tourists. You come away with the distinct impression that, before long, this city will be staking its claim as the Land Down Under’s next must-visit destination.
Historically, South Australia was the only state not established as a British penal colony. It was also a pioneer in women’s rights as it boasted the first representative government in the world to allow females to become Members of Parliament, a defiantly liberal streak that has remained to this day. This attitude is also apparent in the way that the city sports an indisputably young and friendly feel to it. American singer-songwriter Ben Folds immortalised it in his song Adelaide. He sang the lyrics ‘Here you know the world could turn, or crash and burn, and you would never know it. Going where the air is clear, there’s better beer, in Adelaide’. The city clearly had a huge effect on him as he ended up moving there from New York.