Be prepared when you are planning your next or first visit to the City of Adelaide. A great plan was laid out in 1837 and before - by town planning experts aided by a mob of radicals looking for something dreamier downunder in the famed and notorious Great Southern Land.
Knowledge of the City, its lay out and history will enrich your experience immensely. Carry a pocket map of the city or work out a strategy in advance of where you must or wish to go to, ensure you don't miss that opening night or special arrangement simply because you had no idea where to go.
For example, there are only two central cinemas I know of, but have their phone number and street addresses in a city where some things are not so obvious, particularly to a jet lagged visitor or backpacker that has glided in with bugger all preparation, we know who you are, but are simply saying the chaos and pain is not worthy it if you spend 1 minute at information or 30 seconds to look at the map on your iPhone, or one of a fellow passenger on a bus. This works and relaxes the atmosphere in those stuffy overcrowded buses. Yes, get to the city early and leave your car behind if you can because this is a walking city in a grid, even
Where is your hotel room in relation the bus station, information, and train station? If you have not plotted this, you're as useful as Kingston with a compass, but don't panic just get a map or a GPS connection to your device and take note of the symmetry and elegance of the design, as well as the vital clues to the history back then in 1836 when the settlers came.
This is not to suggest you neglect the role of tourist, asking questions of strangers when you become bewildered or bored. Good information, a potential friend or date or a chuckle and smile as your ships in the city pass by.
Check your bearings in Victoria Square, looking down into the heart of the city - you are looking truth north not to be confused with magnetic west! Ask the surveyor why he dunnit, something to do with the stars and the mountains and the water in the river, but at least get to the place where it started before you get lost and if you do, don't panic because half the people around are probably lost to but managing to hide it better.
Enjoy your visit to the square mile of Adelaide City, and don't forget the North Square (Wellington), the Port and the miles of green parklands which thankfully the Colonel loved!
Check out the map of Adelaide in this article as its a great reminder of who was who back then - looking at the street names, monuments and squares, a fast achievement of town planning by these characters never seen before or since in Australian history.