||1.6 million (approx)
||Hairy Nosed Wombat (Fauna)
Piping Shrike (Bird)
Sturt's Desert Pea (Flora)
Leafy Seadragon (Aquatic)
||From 15 C in July to 29 C in January
|Gross State Product:
||$77.991 billion (2008-09)
||28 December 1836
- In 1894 South Australia became the second place in the world (after New Zealand) to grant universal suffrage to women and the first where women also had the right to stand for election.
- Adelaide Oval (est. 1871) is regarded as one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. Its 1911 scoreboard is listed on the City of Adelaide Heritage Register. Sir Donald Bradman made his first class debut here in 1927 and played for SA from 1935-49.
- South Australia is commonly known as the 'Festival State'. Adelaide's Fringe Festival runs annually in February and March bringing the city of Adelaide really alive with hundreds of acts, while the biannual Adelaide Festival of Arts attracts acts from around the world.
- South Australia is Australia's wine capital, producing 44.4% of the national 1.68 million tonne grape harvest in 2009. SA boasts some of the best known wine regions, including the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale and the Riverland.
- Known as the driest state in the driest inhabited continent, most of SA is arid in nature. Adelaide has an annual average rainfall of 528mm. This makes it the driest capital city in Australia.
- South Australia is home to some unusual culinary traditions. These include the Balfour's Frog Cake, which comprises a sponge cake base layered with jam, topped with the head of a frog made from cream and then usually covered with green icing, and the Pie Floater, an upside down meat pie swimming in a bowl of pea soup, usually topped with tomato sauce.
- Despite these peculiarities, Adelaide now boasts more restaurants, hotels and cafes per capita than any other Australian capital, covering most cuisines imaginable. Adelaide proudly hosts Tasting Australia, Australia's premier food, wine and beer festival biennially.
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