Adelaide Plains

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This article is about the plain in South Australia. For the wine region, see Adelaide Plains wine region.
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 center, the Adelaide Hills are center-right, the eastern suburbs on the far left and the southern suburbs far center.
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.

The Adelaide Plains (34°30′S 138°30′E / 34.500°S 138.500°E / -34.500; 138.500)[1] is the area in South Australia between the Mount Lofty Ranges on the east and Gulf St Vincent on the west.[2] The plains are generally fertile with annual rainfall of about 460 mm (18 in) per year.

The plains can be roughly divided into 3 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 lived on the Adelaide Plains of South Australia, before European settlement.

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.

The local newspaper is the Plains Producer.[according to whom?]

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  1. ^ "Adelaide Plains". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  2. ^ "Adelaide Plains". History SA and the Department of Education and Children's Services. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 

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