Tony Leviston, Conference Convenor

I moved to Adelaide four and a half years ago from Sydney. I remember arriving in late September on a perfect spring day. I came for 6 months and stayed.

Remembering back, a few things struck me in my first six months in Adelaide:

Outdoor dining. Of course the weather was conducive to outdoor dining from late September right through to Summer and into Autumn (around now it starts to cool down) and there seemed to be groups of people everywhere, looking relaxed and laid back, enjoying good food and local wine, outside, on balmy Adelaide evenings. I am now one of those people too.

Free bikes, tennis, bus, tram I discovered I could hire a bicycle for free … all day. Okay so they could only be used during daylight hours but that was good enough to cycle down the Linear Park to West Beach and back along the Mike Turtur Bikeway from Glenelg. There are also tennis courts in the Adelaide Park Lands that you can just turn up and use. And there are two free bus loops around the City and North Adelaide, and free tram rides in the CBD.

Only 20 minutes to anywhere. People would tell me that everything is only 20 minutes away, and they would look at me funny if I suggested they go further afield. It is true that it is only 20 minutes from the CBD and you are in the stunning Adelaide Hills, with rolling hills, bushland, wineries and great cafes and dining options. And 20 minutes in the other direction from the CBD and you can be at the beautiful west facing beaches, watching the sunset, while you stroll along the beach.

By Tony Leviston, Conference Convenor

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