Architectural Walk in Adelaide, Adelaide (Self Guided)

Although Adelaide is a comparatively small city, it has a wide range of architecture, including modern, Victorian, European design elements and historic colonial buildings. This city is most representative of Australian heritage and history. Adelaide itself is like taking a walk through a museum of architecture.
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Architectural Walk in Adelaide Map

Guide Name: Architectural Walk in Adelaide
Guide Location: Australia » Adelaide (See other walking tours in Adelaide)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: Jane
Ayers House

1) Ayers House

Ayers House is a historic mansion named after Sir Henry Ayers, five times Premier of South Australia and wealthy industrialist, who occupied it from 1855 until 1897. It is the only mansion to have survived on North Terrace. Plans for the historic two-stored mansion were developed in 1846 for William Paxton, an Adelaide chemist and it was one of the first properties in Adelaide to be fitted with gas lighting. It is constructed of local blue-stone and is Regency period in style. The mansion is thought to have been designed by George Strickland Kingston. During Sir Henry Ayers's parliamentary service, the house was used for Cabinet meetings, parliamentary dinners and grand balls. The rooms of the mansion feature hand-painted ceilings, stenciled woodwork and contain memorabilia from the Ayers family, demonstrating the wealth of the property at the time it was built.

Ayers House is currently the property of the National Trust of South Australia. For the last 30 years it has been used as a corporate function center, restaurant and museum. On display are costumes, silverware, artworks and furniture, as well as a 300 kilogram chandelier.

Museum hours: Tuesday - Friday*: 10 am – 4 pm

Weekends & Public Holidays: 1 pm – 4 pm

* Ayers House Museum is Closed Fridays during winter season from June – September)

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Bonython Hall

2) Bonython Hall

Bonython Hall is the "great hall" of the University of Adelaide, located in the university grounds and facing North Terrace. The building is on the Register of the National Estate and the South Australian Heritage Register and it is primarily used for University graduation ceremonies, examinations, expositions, public lectures and meetings likely to draw large audiences.

The hall was built in the period 1933-1936 as a result of a donation of over £50,000 from Sir John Langdon Bonython. There are many local legends about the building, with two being particularly resilient: one maintains that the Bonython family were very conservative and did not want the building used as a dance hall hence the hall was designed and built with a sloping floor rather than flat floor; second is that the Bonython donation was made on the condition that a hall be built opposite Pulteney Street, thus blocking any future path through the parklands and preventing the division of the campus by a major thoroughfare.

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Adelaide State Library

3) Adelaide State Library (must see)

The State Library of South Australia, located on North Terrace, is the official library of South Australia. It is the largest public research library in the state with a collection focus on South Australian information, and general reference material for information and research purposes.

The building now known as the Mortlock Wing was opened on 18 December 1884 as a Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery for the colony of South Australia with 23,000 books and a staff of three. Construction of the building took over 18 years to complete after the initial foundations were laid in 1866. The building is French Renaissance in style with a mansard roof, its interior has two galleries, the first supported by masonry columns, and the second by cast iron brackets. The State Library's rare books collection is the major collection of its kind in South Australia.

Opening hours:

Spence Wing (main Reference Collection)

Monday — Wednesday: 10 am-8 pm

Thursday and Friday: 10 am-6 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10 am-5 pm

Mortlock Wing (Mortlock Wing exhibitions)

Monday - Sunday: 10 am-5 pm

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Government House

4) Government House

Government House is the official residence of the Governor of South Australia. The earliest part of the House to be built was the east wing of the present building which was completed and occupied in May 1840. When completed, Government House consisted of the present main Drawing Room, Morning Room, Small Dining Room, and upstairs there were three bedrooms, a dressing room and two small servants' rooms. Government House is probably the second oldest continuously occupied house in the State and is located in magnificent well kept grounds which are periodically used for important public ceremonies.

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Festival Centre

5) Festival Centre

The Adelaide Festival Centre, Australia's first multi-purpose arts centre, was built in 1973 and opened three months before the Sydney Opera House. It is distinguished by its three silvery-white geometric dome roofs and its plaza consisting of lego block-like structures to the south and lies on a 45-degree angle to the city's grid. The Adelaide Festival Centre is the home of South Australia's performing arts.

The Festival Centre Plaza also serves as host to an outdoor collection of sculpture, including the prominent stainless steel Environmental Sculpture by Bert Flugelman. As well as the Festival of Arts, the Centre hosts the annual Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June and OzAsia Festival in September, and the biennial Adelaide International Guitar Festival.

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Adelaide Parliament House

6) Adelaide Parliament House

Parliament House, on the corner of North Terrace and King William Road, is the seat of the Parliament of South Australia and it was built to replace the adjacent and overcrowded Parliament House, now referred to as "Old Parliament House". Due to financial constraints, the current Parliament House was constructed in stages over 65 years from 1874 to 1939. Parliament House was built with Kapunda marble and West Island granite and it was formally opened on 5 June 1939 by Lord Gowrie, the 10th Governor-General of Australia.

Opening hours:

Sitting days: Monday and Tuesday: from 9 am; Wednesday and Thursday: from 8:30 am

Non-sitting days: Monday — Sunday: 9 am — 5 pm

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Adelaide Railway Station

7) Adelaide Railway Station (must see)

Adelaide Railway Station is the central terminus of the Adelaide Metro railway system. Adelaide’s first railway station opened on the current North Terrace site in 1856. It served the broad gauge line between Adelaide and Port Adelaide, which was the first government-owned and operated steam railway in the British Empire. The period from 1922 onwards was known as the Webb era on South Australian Railways. Under the leadership of a new Railways Commissioner, William A. Webb, South Australian Railways began a massive rehabilitation programme. However the years 1985 to 1987 saw the biggest change at Adelaide Station since the rebuilding of the 1920s, under the ASER project. The station has nine platforms and almost all trains on the metropolitan network either depart from or terminate here. Today 40,000 people pass through Adelaide Railway Station each weekday.

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Adelaide Town Hall

8) Adelaide Town Hall

Adelaide Town Hall is a landmark building on King William Street in Adelaide and was designed by Edmund Wright and Edward Woods, with construction commencing in 1863 and completed in 1866. The tower is named after Prince Albert and the clock was installed in 1935.

The hall is famous for an appearance by The Beatles on the balcony in 1964, which attracted an estimated 300,000 fans, their biggest crowd. It also serves as the seat of the Adelaide City Council, concerts with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and has function centre facilities available for hire. Adelaide Town Hall is listed on the Register of the National Estate and is one of the world's five greatest acoustic venues for symphonic concerts.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm

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Her Majesty's Theatre Adelaide

9) Her Majesty's Theatre Adelaide

Her Majesty's Theatre, originally called Tivoli Theatre, was built in 1913, holding a capacity of 1009. Lili Langtry’s famous The Jersey Lily performed here on opening night. It is considered a marvelous artifact of Australia’s theatrical history.
Adelaide Supreme Court

10) Adelaide Supreme Court

The creation of South Australia’s Supreme Court was an early example of Edward Wakefield's theory of colonization, in contrast to the other Australian colonies, which had established their courts long after the settlement of the colony. Established by Letters Patent in 1837, five days after the colony was founded, unlike other Supreme Courts it is not divided into separate trial and appeal divisions. It has unlimited jurisdiction within the state in civil matters, and hears the most serious criminal matters. The Supreme Court is the highest South Australian court in the Australian court hierarchy. It is constituted of a Chief Justice and 12 other judges (justices).

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Walking Tours in Adelaide, Australia

Create Your Own Walk in Adelaide

Create Your Own Walk in Adelaide

Creating your own self-guided walk in Adelaide is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Adelaide Cultural Tour

Adelaide Cultural Tour

Adelaide, the fifth largest city in Australia, has a strong British influence. It is a magnet for many cultures and nationalities. The following tour will help you discover Adelaide’s rich culture.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Adelaide Religious Buildings Tour

Adelaide Religious Buildings Tour

Australia houses several religious buildings, including Christian, Catholic, Anglican, Uniting and Islamic. Many are part of South Australia's heritage and some date back to the 19th century. Take this tour to discover Adelaide’s holy buildings.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
The Most Beautiful Landmarks in Adelaide

The Most Beautiful Landmarks in Adelaide

Adelaide is a beautiful city adorned with important monuments, statues, towers and squares. This tour will guide you to the most significant landmarks, which much loved by the Australian people and popular with tourists. Many of the monuments were built in the 19th century, but have been kept in very good condition.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The capital city of South Australia, Adelaide is the seat of the state government and is a major commercial centre. Other than many governmental and financial offices, concentrated mostly in the city centre, Adelaide's downtown is replete with historic sights, monuments, cultural and sporting venues. To visit the most notable of them and to learn about them in detail, follow this orientation...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Adelaide for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Adelaide has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Adelaide, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.