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Where's the Best Fountain in Adelaide?

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Published September 29th 2015
Adding vibrancy and charm to the environment, capital cities all over the globe have become addicted to fountains and water features. Known for their beauty and their ability to mesmerise, fountains are key attractors for lunchtime workers, tourists, photographers, and in fact almost anyone. The City of Adelaide is no different and has a number of quality fountains, but I wonder which is Adelaide's best fountain ?

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Victoria Square - Steve Hudson


Adelaide's newest fountain, and my personal favourite, is right in the centre of the CBD at the northern end of Victoria Square. The popular piping fountain has a remarkable mesmerising effect as the water cycles between the different outlets across the renovated paved and grass arena. This fountain has also managed to be quite polarising, primarily because it caused the displacement of the large and iconic fountain that had been at the northern end of Victoria Square for many years.

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Veale Gardens - Steve Hudson


On the southern end of the City, Veale Gardens has numerous water features and is hugely popular for formal photography. Originally established in 1959 with inspiration from a world tour undertaken by Town Clerk Bill Veale, these Gardens built around the serpentine water features are a relaxing and colorful backdrop to the South Parklands.

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Adelaide University - Steve Hudson


Confucius is quoted as saying "Time flows away like the water in a river". It is then perhaps apt that nestled away inside Adelaide University and away from the hustle, bustle and noise of North Terrace is one of the more relaxing water features, alongside a large statue of Confucius at the Confucius Institute. Running across stones, and dripping in to a large pond, the water sounds echo between the buildings, and provide University students and visitors with an opportunity to 'get away from it all' and to provide real meaning to the quote from Confucius.

Personally I think the best fountain is in Victoria Square but which one is your favourite fountain? What do water features mean to you? Should the City have more?
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Steve,I tend to agree with you,regarding the best fountain in our city.I think the fountain in front of the Adelaide Arcade is worth a mention.
Perhaps at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital,the old R.A.H site as well as the space between the Festival Theatre and Parliament House ,fountains could be built as part of redevelopment.
For those that are not aware,there is a fountain in the lovely courtyard of the Adina Hotel...one of my favourite spots.There is seating there and toilets,food and drink.
Once the southern half of Victoria Square is landscaped(I wish they would get on with asap) then the grand fountain there,should become a feature and regain some of it's prominence.
Fountains indeed are a feature..big or small and if it is possible to place a few more around the city , as time goes by....then that would enhance this beautiful city we belong to.
by noelp (score: 3|1172) 931 days ago
Steve, great photos and question. I think the big Vic Sq fountain was better, especially when they put some lights through it, it is very appealing.
by Stefano (score: 2|147) 932 days ago
Victoria square
by needl (score: 0|2) 932 days ago
I think the original fountain in Victoria Square that was shifted to the other end is the most artistic and beautiful, taking in it's significance to our state rivers. Itwould be worth you adding this to your ones here with the explanation of it's meaning and significance. Setting it in a larger pool in it's new setting adds to it as well.
by stret (score: 0|8) 932 days ago
It is in Victoria Square now. John Dowie's sculpture of modernism dating back to the 60s? Featuring Australian Aboriginal dreamtime. Wonderful piece and a proper placement.
by Sheila (score: 0|2) 929 days ago

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