A somewhat delayed update from my time in Adelaide, I have in fact been in Sydney for nearly a week now but a mix of sight seeing and job hunting has kept me busy – more on that another time.
I only spent a few days in Southern Australia’s Adelaide, not entirely my decision as I neglected to realise that the 2nd Ashes test was to be played over the weekend I planned on staying. This resulted in every possible type of accommodation being booked up and constantly being asked if I was there for the cricket. I did actually stop by the newly renovated Oval stadium on one of the days, just to see what was going on and watch for a bit on the big screens outside.
The city itself is pleasant enough, a very structured layout of crossing streets with parks encircling the entire central district. I did my usual exploring and walking which took me to the botanic gardens and past various statues and monuments. I found a small free museum on the history of migration in Australia which was an interesting hour or two, detailing how the various cultures made their way to the island continent and also how they treated the natives.
For a short day trip out of the city I visited Cleland Wildlife Park, situated up in the hills which offered magnificent views of the surrounding area from Mount Lofty summit. The park was spacious and allowed people to get up close with the animals, from the hordes of potoroos scurrying around your feet to feeding kangaroos and meeting koalas. So I’ve definitely experienced a lot of Australian animals now, also seeing the dingoes, Tasmanian devils and wallabies.
They were offering opportunities to have photos holding a koala, but of course that cost more so I settled for stroking one of the fluffy marsupial.
I didn’t do much more sight seeing but did have another concert to attend, this time experiencing a much smaller crowd of maybe 50 people at best. So thus far it definitely seems Melbourne has the most thriving music scene, but I shall see how Sydney compares as there is quite a lot coming up here!