A self-guided walk or tour is great way to get to know the City a little better.
This is a popular activity for many visitors and locals as it offers a full independence and being able to take one's own time to explore our beautiful City. There is something to suit everyone, so be sure to check out the range of self-guided walk and tours. Choose a guide and download it to view on your smartphone or tablet.
Above the Canopy
Allow 45 minutes – 1 hour (Rundle Mall, Adelaide) - download PDF guide
This walk highlights some of the beautiful heritage listed facades located above the shop fronts, signage and canopies in Australia’s first pedestrian mall. Rundle Mall opened on 1 September 1976 by Premier Don Dunston.
City of Great Buildings
Allow 1 hour (City Centre, Adelaide) - download PDF guide
This walk highlights some of the buildings submitted and voted by the people of Adelaide as their favourite buildings in the City of Adelaide. For a full list of submitted ‘Great Buildings’ and to learn more about the ‘Great Buildings’ campaign click here.
Multicultural Walking Trail
Allow 1 hour (City - South West Corner) - download PDF guide
This walk offers a glimpse of the multi-cultural history of Adelaide through our built heritage.
The Village in the City
Allow 1.5 hours (City - South East Corner) - download PDF guide
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.
West and East End Theatres
Allow 1.5-2 hours (City – Hindley Street/Rundle Mall Area) - download PDF guide
This walk reveals the fascinating history of cinemas and theatres in Adelaide.
Famous Faces and Commemorative Places
Allow 1.5-2 hours (City- North Terrace and Park Lands) - download PDF guide
This walk reveals the history behind some of our valued statues and monuments that adorn our Park Lands.
Paddocks to Picnic Grounds
Allow 1-1.5 hours (Southern Park Lands) - download PDF guide
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. This walk looks at the major redevelopment of the Park Lands from paddocks to picnic grounds.
From Hercules to Heaven
Allow 1.5-2 hours (North Adelaide and Park Lands) - download PDF guide
This walk features some important statues in the Park Lands, as well as several religious buildings, including the landmark St Peter’s Cathedral, and also Kermode Street Chapel and the Ebenezer Chapel, both now in residential use, as well as the internationally significant, but modest Friends’ Meeting House, a prefabricated Manning building brought from London.
Folks on the Hill
Allow 1.5 hours (North Adelaide) - download PDF guide
This walk features Montefiore Hill, Brougham Place and Palmer Place, well known for their large mansions including Christ Church and Bishop’s Court, which date from the early 1850s.
The High Street
Allow 1-1.5 hours (North Adelaide – Tynte Street Area) - download PDF guide
This walk along North Adelaide’s earliest main street, formerly known as the High Street, explores 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) - download PDF guide
This walk through the western part of North Adelaide features villas and semi-detached houses built during the boom period of the 1880s. Church and Priory are combined at St Dominic’s and St Laurence’s creating landmarks of great character for the area.
Stanley Street Stroll
Allow 1.5-2 hours (North Adelaide) - download PDF guide
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.
Self-Guided Tour: Heritage & Folklore
Discover at your own pace, the city's popular pedestrian mallstrip, then and now. Having undergone multiple changes in the last decade, listen to and learn about the highlights of some of the beautiful heritage listed facades located above the shop fronts, signage and canopies in Australia’s first pedestrian mall.
Find out more about the Heritage & Folklore tour.
DOWNLOAD NOW: A print-friendly PDF version of the Heritage & Folklore self-guided tour
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.