City Orientation Walk, Adelaide (Self Guided)

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 walk and make the most of your time in Adelaide!
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Australia » Adelaide (See other walking tours in Adelaide)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 17
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
Author: australia
Queen Victoria Monument

1) Queen Victoria Monument

The monument dedicated to Great Britain’s Queen Victoria is located in the center of Victoria Square. Considered one of the greatest historical figures, the period during her reign was one of progress and expansion.
Her Majesty's Theatre Adelaide

2) 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 Central Market

3) Adelaide Central Market (must see)

The Adelaide Central Market, a large multicultural market in the center of Adelaide and major tourist attraction, sells a wide variety of goods, including food, toys, jewelery, rugs, seafood, gourmet items, groceries and much more. It has a vibrant atmosphere and is one of Adelaide's most popular landmarks. Today, it is surrounded by the Central Market Arcade, Adelaide China Town and Market Plaza. The center consists primarily of fresh produce stalls, with the perimeter and arcades mostly made up of cafés, restaurants and variety stores.
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Adelaide Town Hall

4) 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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Rundle Mall Four Pigs Statues

5) Rundle Mall Four Pigs Statues

If you visit Rundle Mall you will meet several items of modern sculpture. One of them includes a group of life-size bronze pigs - Horatio, Truffles, Augusta and Oliver- fooling and rooting around a rubbish bin. Because it is an unusual city adornment, it has become quite popular.
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Rundle Mall

6) Rundle Mall

Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s premiere retail outlet, was opened as Australia's first pedestrian street mall in 1976 by closing Rundle Street to traffic between King William Street and Pulteney Street. The mall is home to many large Australian retailers and a large number of smaller independent and chain stores. The mall also features a number of arcades and plazas containing small boutiques and eateries. The pedestrian mall has become the centerpiece of Adelaide's city center, home to some of the most expensive real estate (per square meter) in the state. There are usually several buskers performing in the mall, licensed by the Adelaide City Council. The mall's stores are generally open seven days a week.

Operation hours: Monday - Thursday 9 am - 7 pm; Friday: 9 am - 9 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
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Opal Field Gems

7) Opal Field Gems

Opal Field Gems, located on the ground floor of the Opal Field Gems Mine and Museum, offers a huge selection of items made of opal, such as earrings, pendants and various souvenirs. If you are not sure what to buy, the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help.
Holy Trinity Church

8) Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church is an Anglican church on North Terrace. In terms of weekly attendance, Trinity is the largest Anglican church in South Australia. Holy Trinity Anglican Church is historically significant in that it contains elements of the earliest surviving Anglican church building in South Australia.

Governor Hindmarsh laid the foundation stone on 28 January 1838 and the church opened in about August that year. The building quickly became a landmark with its ‘peaked cap’ top tower and the Vulliamy clock . Trinity is part of the Adelaide Diocese and has an increasing number of locally trained staff, particularly trainees through the Ministry Training Strategy and students of the Bible College of South Australia.

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

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Adelaide Railway Station

9) 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 Parliament House

10) 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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Government House

11) 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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Adelaide State Library

12) 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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South Australian Museum

13) South Australian Museum (must see)

The South Australian Museum is a natural history museum and research institution founded in 1856. It occupies a complex of buildings on North Terrace in the cultural precinct of the Adelaide Parklands. The museum contains the largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural artifacts in the world. Some of the museum's permanent galleries include the Ancient Egyptian Room, Fossils Gallery, Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, Mawson Gallery and Minerals, Meteorites Gallery and others.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

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South Australia Art Gallery

14) South Australia Art Gallery (must see)

The Art Gallery of South Australia is the premier visual arts museum in the Australian state of South Australia. It has a collection of over 35,000 works of art, making it, after the National Gallery of Victoria, the largest state art collection in Australia.

Part of Adelaide's North Terrace cultural precinct, the gallery has more than 510,000 visitors annually. The gallery was established in 1881 and opened in two rooms of the public library by Prince Albert Victor and Prince George, later George V of Great Britain. Its present building dates from 1900 and was extended in 1936 and 1962. Subsequent renovations and a significant extension of the building which opened in 1996 added contemporary display space without compromising the interior of the original Victorian building.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

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National Wine Making Centre

15) National Wine Making Centre (must see)

The National Wine Centre is a public exhibition building about winemaking and its industry in South Australia. It contains an interactive permanent exhibition of winemaking, introducing visitors to the technology, varieties and styles of wine and a wine tasting area, giving visitors the opportunity to taste and compare wines from different areas of Australia.

The building is designed and uses building materials to reflect items used in making wine. The external of the building looks like a section of a wine barrel. Outside the building are rows of grapevines, showing seven different varieties of grapes to curious visitors.

Opening hours: Monday — Sunday: 9 am — 5 pm

Tour and Tastings: 10 am — 5 pm

Free Daily Tours: 11:30 am

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Adelaide Botanic Garden

16) Adelaide Botanic Garden (must see)

Stretching on 51 ha (125 acres), the Adelaide Botanic Garden is a public garden situated at the north-east corner of the Adelaide city center, in Adelaide Park Lands. It encompasses a fenced garden on North Terrace and behind it the Botanic Park. The Adelaide Botanic Garden, together with the Wittunga and the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens, comprise the three Botanic Gardens of Adelaide. The Botanic Garden features an exotic Palm House, a majestic Rose Garden and a Bicentennial conservatory. Amongst other scientific and educational displays of native and international horticulture, the gardens hold one of the earliest propagated specimens of the Wollemi Pine tree, which was discovered as recently as 1994.
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Adelaide Zoo

17) Adelaide Zoo (must see)

Adelaide Zoo is Australia's second oldest zoo, and the only major metropolitan zoo in Australia to be owned and operated on a non-profit basis. It is located in the park-lands just north of the city center of Adelaide. The zoo houses about 300 native and exotic species, with over 1,800 animals on site. The zoo's most recent enclosures are in the second phase of the South-East Asia exhibit, known as Immersion, providing visitors with the experience of walking through the jungle, with Sumatran Tigers and Orangutans seemingly within reach.

Many features of the zoo are of architectural importance and are heritage listed by the National Trust of South Australia, including the front entrance on Frome Road and the former Elephant House.

The Zoo has a particular focus on species from the Gondwana 'supercontinent' which was made up of South America, India, Africa, Australia and South East Asia. The botanic similarities between the regions are featured in the Zoo’s main exhibits. The Zoo also has a focus on educational programs. There is a selection of "get to know the Zoo" type of tours, a large "children's zoo" area, and from April 2009, an educational area for secondary school students and their teachers. Also, a new educational area called the Envirodome opened in April 2009. Night walks, tours and animal research can be done.
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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.
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
Architectural Walk in Adelaide

Architectural Walk in Adelaide

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 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
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

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.