Adelaide Plains

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This article is about the plain in South Australia. For the wine region, see Adelaide Plains wine region.
Adelaide Plains
South Australia
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Aerial view of the Adelaide metropolitan area viewed from above the northern suburbs at the bottom of the image. The city centre is the cluster of buildings in the centre, the Adelaide Hills are centre-right, the eastern suburbs on the far left and the southern suburbs far centre.
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Northwest regions of the Adelaide Plains. The built-up area in the bottom left corner is Greenwith. The dark dotted areas in the background are the northern suburbs of Adelaide, corresponding to the City of Playford centred around Elizabeth and the mid-area of the Adelaide Plains are further in the background.
Adelaide Plains is located in South Australia
Adelaide Plains
Adelaide Plains
Coordinates 34°56′21.69″S 138°35′51.25″E / 34.9393583°S 138.5975694°E / -34.9393583; 138.5975694Coordinates: 34°56′21.69″S 138°35′51.25″E / 34.9393583°S 138.5975694°E / -34.9393583; 138.5975694

The Adelaide Plains (Alternative name: Tarndanya) is a plain occupying the area in South Australia between the Mount Lofty Ranges to the east and Gulf St Vincent to the west.[1][2] The plains are generally fertile with annual rainfall of about 460 mm (18 in) per year.

The plains can be roughly divided into three parts. The southern area is now covered by the city of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. The next mid area is the "bread basket" of South Australia with many market gardens and wineries, particularly around the towns of Virginia and Angle Vale. The northern area is predominantly used for growing cereal grains such as wheat, barley, and canola, and sheep.

The Kaurna are the Indigenous Australians who live on the Adelaide Plains of South Australia.

The Adelaide Plains are crossed by a number of rivers and creeks, but most dry up during summer. The rivers include the Onkaparinga River, River Torrens, Little Para River, Gawler River, Light River and Wakefield River.

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  1. ^ "Search results for "Adelaide Plains" (Record Number SA0000253)". Land Services, Department of Transport Planning and Infrastructure. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Adelaide Plains". History SA and the Department of Education and Children's Services. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 

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