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Historic Walks

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A self-guided trail is great way to get to know the City a little better.

Go at your own pace and get acquainted with Adelaide.

 With our large range of self-guided trails, there is something to suit everyone and you can even discover your own gems along the way.

Choose a guide and download it to view on your smartphone or tablet. Alternatively, printed versions are also available from various locations throughout the city of Adelaide including our Visitor Information Centre in James Place (just off Rundle Mall) or our Customer Centre in Pirie Street.

Expand your passion for Adelaide even further with Dr Jeff Nicholas’ book "The Streets of Adelaide" by Dr. Jeff Nicholas - a must-read for the heritage enthusiast!

 

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City Trails

Above the Canopy

Allow 45 minutes – 1 hour

Rundle Mall, Adelaide

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Hard copies of this trail can be collected from the Visitor Information Centre in James Place, Adelaide (just off Rundle Mall).

Rundle Mall was previously an extension of Rundle Street, which was the heart of Adelaide’s retail centre from the 1880s, before being officially opened on 1 September 1976 by Premier Don Dunston as we know it now. This walk highlights some of the beautiful heritage listed facades located above the shop fronts, signage and canopies in Australia’s first pedestrian mall. 

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City of Great Buildings

Allow 1 hour

City Centre, Adelaide

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Hard copies of this trail can be collected from the Visitor Information Centre in James Place, Adelaide (just off Rundle Mall).

Discover Adelaide’s greatest buildings – as voted by locals! The trail includes the stunning Adelaide Town Hall which was built in 1854, the recently restored Darling Building which is as charming as its name, the MLC building - Adelaide’s first post-war skyscraper, and many more iconic spots. For a full list of submitted ‘Great Buildings’ and to learn more about the ‘Great Buildings’ campaign click here.

 

Holy Sunday Bike Trail 

Allow 1.5 - 2 hours to complete

City - South West Corner

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Hard copies of this trail can be collected from BikeSA at 53 Carrington Street, Adelaide.

For Dissenters, migration to South Australia offered new opportunities within a climate of religious freedom and tolerance; with no state religion, and all churches and denominations having equal rights and influence. This is the real reason behind our “City of Churches” label. So ,explore some of our ecclesiastical buildings by bike today. Adelaide is a very bike-friendly city, with its broad, flat streets, beautiful Park Lands and a wealth of bike paths.

 

Market Meander

Allow 1.5 hours

City - Adelaide Central Markets Precinct

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Hard copies of this trail can be collected from the Visitor Booth at the Adelaide Central Markets (near Grote Street entry).

The Adelaide Central Market is the largest undercover market in the Southern Hemisphere. Established in 1869, it has been a thriving hub of food and culture for more than a century. Discover the rich stories of the community that existed nearby the markets through our built heritage.

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Multicultural South West Walking Trail 

Allow 2 - 2.5 hours

City - South West Corner 

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Hard copies of this trail can be collected from the South West Community Centre at 171 Sturt Street, Adelaide.

Adelaide has long been a melting pot of diverse cultures. The Adelaide Mosque, built between 1888-1889, is the oldest permanent mosque in Australia while Sturt Street had its very own Afghani herbalist and healer in the 1920s. The Prince Albert Hotel, which is still servings brews today, was established in 1851 by Ludwig Dreyer, a German settler. This walk offers a glimpse of the multi-cultural history of Adelaide through our built heritage.

 

The Village in the City

Allow 2 hours

City - South East Corner

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Hard copies of this trail can be collected from the Hutt Street Library at 235 Hutt Street, Adelaide.

In the late 19th Century, people from all social levels lived in the south eastern corner of the city. The wealthy occupied mansions on East and South Terrace, the growing middle class lived in Victorian villas in Halifax and Gilles Streets, while the intervening small cottages were filled by workers who were able to walk to work or work from home. Examine how different socioeconomic groups lived side by side through built heritage. 

An image from the Village in the City walking trail PDF brochure

 

Famous Faces and Commemorative Places

Allow 1.5-2 hours

City- North Terrace and Park Lands

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Adelaide is the only city in the world surrounded by parks – 930 hectares worth, to be exact. The Park Lands are an integral part of what makes Adelaide so special, so it just makes sense that they also house statues and monuments celebrating some of our most famous historical faces and commemorative places. This walk reveals the history behind some of these valued statues and monuments that adorn our Park Lands.

 

Paddocks to Picnic Grounds

Allow 1-1.5 hours

Southern Park Lands

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Our beloved Park Lands weren’t always the recreational hubs that they are today. In 1878 there were nearly 6500 cows, 2200 sheep and more than 1100 horses licensed to graze across the Park Lands. Many areas were used for dumping rubbish and nearly all original vegetation was cleared. Delve into the major redevelopments that transformed the Park Lands from paddocks to picnic grounds.

 

West and East End Theatres

Allow 1.5-2 hours

City – Hindley Street/Rundle Mall Area

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Theatres were historically popular spots to socialise, be entertained and also were a source of information - before TVs came along. West and East End Theatres reveal the fascinating history of cinemas and theatres in Adelaide including the former Regent Theatre that was once considered Australia’s most luxurious theatre, the city’s first permanent picture theatre which then had a short life as an ice skating rink, and the New Queen's Theatre which is the oldest surviving theatre on mainland Australia.

North Adelaide Trails

Folks on the Hill

Allow 1.5 hours

North Adelaide

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Hard copies of this trail can be collected from the North Adelaide Community Centre at 176 Tynte Street.​

North Adelaide is a beautiful treasure trove of historic, cultural and architectural significance. This trail features Montefiore Hill, Brougham Place and Palmer Place, which are well known for their large mansions including Christ Church and Bishop’s Court which date from the early 1850s. Be sure to keep an eye out for the blue plaques which mark many heritage buildings.

An image from the Famous Faces and Commemorative Places walking trail PDF brochure

 

The High Street

Allow 1-1.5 hours

North Adelaide – Tynte Street Area

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Hard copies of this trail can be collected from the North Adelaide Community Centre at 176 Tynte Street.

Tynte Street, as it’s known today, was North Adelaide’s earliest main street. Formerly known as the High Street, it was the epicentre of life in North Adelaide. Explore the pubs, churches, shops, a school, library and post office, which comprise all that one would expect of such an important local street

 

Marvellous Mansions, Cottages and Castles

Allow 1-1.5 hours

North Adelaide

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Hard copies of this trail can be collected from the North Adelaide Community Centre at 176 Tynte Street.

The western part of North Adelaide is abundant with villas and semi-detached houses that were built during the boom period of the 1880s. Be delighted with all the charming details of the combined Church and Priory at both St Dominic’s and St Laurence’s, creating landmarks of great character for the area.

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From Hercules to Heaven

Allow 1.5-2 hours

North Adelaide and Park Lands

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Hercules to Heaven features some important statues in the Park Lands, as well as several religious buildings including the landmark St Peter’s Cathedral, Kermode Street Chapel and the Ebenezer Chapel, which are both now in residential use. Visit the internationally significant, but modest Friends’ Meeting House, which is a prefabricated Manning building brought from London and contains the only furniture by Manning known to have survived.

An image from the Famous Faces and Commemorative Places walking trail PDF brochure

 

Stanley Street Stroll

Allow 1.5-2 hours

North Adelaide

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Today, Stanley Street remains an example of sweeping mansions and stunning architecture. It has long been a place of choice for high profile residents including prominent historical figures like Captain Charles Bagot who discovered the Kapunda Copper Mine in 1842 and CRJ Glover – the first Lord Mayor of Adelaide. This walk highlights the grand mansions of Brougham Place built to address the Park Lands setting and, in contrast, continues to Lower North Adelaide which features the Chichester Gardens subdivision between Stanley, Melbourne and Jerningham Streets.

An image from the Famous Faces and Commemorative Places walking trail PDF brochure

Sponsored Trails

Engineering A City

This booklet was prepared as part of the 90th anniversary celebration of Engineers Australia and is available from our Visitor Information Centre in James Place (just off of Rundle Mall) or our Customer Centre in Pirie Street.

Adelaide City Explorer

The website and app were created in partnership with the National Trust South Australia and features several interesting trails throughout the City of Adelaide.

Adelaidia

The website and app was created by the History Trust of South Australia (History SA) and features several interesting trails throughout the City of Adelaide.

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