Australians enjoy their relaxation or leisure time and take part in a wide range of recreational activities.
National Parks and Conservation Areas
The Australian government sets aside areas to protect and maintain the native Australian bush and wildlife. Most of these parks encourage visitors.
Cleland Conservation Park in particular provides an excellent opportunity to see koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and other native animals in their natural surroundings.
The parklands that surround the city centre are a unique and attractive asset to Adelaide. They serve many purposes, with sporting facilities, gardens, over 40kms of walking and jogging tracks, playgrounds, barbecue and picnic areas, and the Botanic Gardens.
Australians are great sport lovers, both as participants and spectators. The University Sports Association offers many sporting clubs and there are also community sports clubs in Adelaide. There is a gymnasium on campus (SportsHub), which has subsidised membership for students.
Soccer, cricket, cycling, netball and Australian Rules Football ('footy') are the popular sports in Adelaide.
Water sports are also popular in Australia because of our good weather and huge expanse of coastline. The suburban beaches around Adelaide are clean, safe and very popular with swimmers, sailors and windsurfers. There are a number of suburban Olympic size swimming pools open to the public for a small entrance fee.
Going to the movies is a popular pastime amongst Australians. There are several cinema complexes in the city, and a number in the suburbs as well. Movies in some cinemas are discounted on Tuesday nights.
Windsor Theatres also provide great value doubles for movies that are nearing the end of season. Theatres are located at Brighton, Lockleys, and Magill.
There are a number of both FM and AM radio stations in Adelaide offering a wide selection of music, news and sports coverage:
- The University has its own FM band radio station: Radio Adelaide (101.5 on the FM dial) broadcasting student radio programs with diverse information programs and a very broad range of music (from classical to jazz to metal...)
- 5EBI.FM (103.1 on the FM dial) is predominantly a multicultural radio station and usually broadcasts in foreign languages.
- 5RPH, (Radio for the Print Handicapped - 1197 on the AM dial) is a radio station where newspapers are read for people who have difficulty reading for themselves. This also provides a useful way for newly arrived students to improve their English.
- Other popular music channels are SAFM 107.1, MMM (Triple M) 104.7 FM, JJJ (Triple J) 105.5 FM, Nova (91.9FM), and Fresh (92.7FM).
Adelaide has six free to air television channels. The national television and radio station is called the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) which provides commercial-free viewing. SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) is Australia's primary multicultural television network. SBS has specialist international news services and movies in languages other than English. ACE television is a community television provider. The Ten, Nine and Seven commercial networks provide a range of local news and popular television viewing.
For more information on Australian Television, see the Australian Government's culture and recreation website.
NewspapersThe Advertiser is Adelaide's daily local newspaper. It has local, national and international news. It is a good place to look at local advertisements if you want to buy things. The Wednesday and Saturday editions also include accommodation listings. The Sunday Mail is the Sunday edition of The Advertiser.
The Australian is the national daily newspaper. A good source of a wide range of national and international news and also special feature sections on different days throughout the week.
The Messenger is a free local community newspaper delivered weekly, with 11 different editions depending on which part of Adelaide you live in.
The South Australian Travel Centre (telephone 1300 655 276) provides general information about activities in Adelaide as well as tourist information if you intend to do a little travelling further afield. Their office is located at 18 King William Street, in the city.
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