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Adelaide Historical Places of Interest

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Adelaide was founded on Englishman Edward Gibbon Wakefield’s concept of selling land to fund immigration of men and women to Australia, providing a reliable workforce.

Much of this heritage of Adelaide has been preserved, in not only its historical landmark buildings but in museums such as the Migration Museum.

Art Gallery of South Australia

One of Adelaide’s most beautiful historic buildings and has been an important cultural focus since its establishment in 1881. The Art Gallery of South Australia is open to the public every day from 10 am until 4 pm. Phone: (08) 8207 7000 Located on North Terrace between Kintore Avenue and Frome Road.

Adelaide Gaol

Designed using a radial plan, what was considered then the latest in prison design, Adelaide Goal operated from 1841 to 1988. The prison is now open to visitors as a stark reminder of what life was like for prisoners in South Australia during those years.

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  • Migration Museum

    The Migration Museum collects, researches and presents social history exhibitions about the experiences and cultural traditions of immigrants and indigenous South Australians. 82 Kintore Avenue. Phone (08) 8207 7580. Open 10am - 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm - 5pm weekends and public holidays.

    Glenelg Beach

    The first ships landed at Glenelg Beach, southwest of today’s central business district and now a bustling seaside resort. Much has been preserved from its past, and walking amongst the buildings and the old original sailors cottages is a treat. Take the historical tram route from the city of Adelaide all the way to the beach.

    Adelaide Oval

    Dominating the parklands between Torrens lake and St Peter’s Cathedral lies the Adelaide Oval, often described as the most picturesque test cricket ground in the world. The first test match played there was against England in 1884. Since that time the ground has been used for other sports such as rugby league and Australian rules football. The distinctive Victor Richardson and Clarrie Grimmett gates add special character to the ground, while the splendid old scoreboard dates back to Edwardian times. Public tours of the Oval and Museum are conducted every Tuesday and Thursday, and on Sundays during the cricket season. Phone (08)8300 3800.

    Ayers House

    Ayers House is an excellent example of colonial Regency architecture. It was the original home of Sir Henry Ayers, who was both a former Premier of South Australia and an influential businessman. The restored house is administered by the National Trust and incorporates two retaurants. The oldest section is open to the public and houses a fine collection of Victorian furniture, memorabilia and art. Phone (08) 8223 1234. Open 10-4 Tues.-Fri. and 1-4 Sat., Sun. Located at 288 North Terrace.

    Adelaide Central Market

    Just west of Victoria Square, this fresh produce market has thrived for more than 125 years. Asian shops sit beside older European-style butchers and delicatessens. Around the market are dozens of restaurants and cafes where local food is adapted to international cuisine. Phone (08) 8203 7494. Open Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday. Gouger Street (between Gouger and Grote Sts.)


    Tandanya, the original Aboriginal name for the Adelaide area, operates as a cultural institute featuring not only indigenous art galleries, but workshops and performance areas. The gift shop has Aboriginal craft items. Phone (08) 8224 3200. Open 10 to 5 Daily. 253 Grenfell Street.

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    Martindale Hall

    Experience fine living from a bygone era when you visit Martindale Hall in the Clare Valley. This gracious Victorian style mansion was built in 1879 and was once home to the Mortlocks, one of the State’s most famous and philanthropic families.

    Pichi Richi Railway

    Pichi Richi Railway operates between Quorn and Port Augusta in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges region and is the last remaining operating portion of the famous Ghan railway. Built in the 1870s featuring deep rock cuttings, superb stone wall embankments and spectacular iron bridges.

    Hahndorf Area- Town of Hahndorf

    Hahndorf is the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia and is a flourishing community that attracts visitors from all over the world. It contains many examples of classic German architecture.

    The 100-year-old elm and plane trees which line the main street provide shade for the many craft shops, galleries and restaurants. Horse-drawn carriage tours and German restaurants are features of the town.

    Directions: To get there from Adelaide, take the South Eastern Freeway from the city of Adelaide, and turn off at the Hahndorf exit, a drive from Adelaide of about 20 minutes.

    Seppelt Winery

    Seppelt is the Barossa’s most historic operational winery. Classified by the State Heritage Act as an historic village, the winery, grounds and gardens are impeccably maintained in their original condition.

    The Cedars Hans Heysen’s House

    Visit the house, garden and studio of Australias famous landscape artist, Hans Heysen. Still in its original condition, the house is nestled amidst the majestic gum trees and flower gardens of the Adelaide Hills, which provided the inspiration for many of Sir Hans’ paintings.

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