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Sunday, 7 April 2013

Adelaide: The Garden of Unearthly Delights

The first thing any Adelaidean will tell you about the Fringe Festival is that "The Garden" is an absoulte MUST.



A sectioned-off part of Rundle Park at the north-eastern corner of the CBD, The Garden of Unearthly Delights (cnr East Terrace & Rundle Road) is essentially the hub for All Things 'Fringe'. Here, for the duration of the Festival, you can buy or collect tickets, attend shows in any one of the on-site 'venues' (mainly tents like you'd find at a circus), buy merchandise, get a food or drink fix, shop at market stalls, attend events, lounge around on the grass or chairs and watch people or the free entertainment, take the kids on rides... and the list goes on.







The Garden is set up like an old-fashioned fair: elaborately decorated caravans housing food stalls, games and tickets; various stages and 'big top' style, colourful tents; wooden painted signs, flags, mirrors and coloured lights. It is loosely divided into sections for food and drink, rides, and market stalls, with venues dotted around the park.








We wiled away time in the Garden at several points over our long weekend in Rads. Here are a few more of its many delights:


Still not sure how this spit roast was 'Dutch style'

Sorry, vegetarians

This was not a concentration camp

or a French circus

Vintage clothing market stall IN A BUS

Hi hanging fish

Muppets! and other cuties FOR YOUR HEAD



My sister and the gorgeous Mya

Jade and Bree whooshing past

Hi, Jade!




It's a great place to hang out, and I can see why it's so popular. I mainly liked it because it's a visual feast for the eyes, but considering you can head there at most times of day, with grown-ups or the kids, and you have a number of ways to spend your time... it's got ***CLICHE ALERT*** something for everyone.

Looking forward to seeing how the Garden evolves with each new Festival.