Historic Walks

A self-guided trail is great way to get to know the city a little better. You can go at your own pace and get acquainted with Adelaide.

With our large range of self-guided trails, there is something to suit everyone. 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 at 25 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!

City trails

Allow 45 minutes – 1 hour

Rundle Mall, Adelaide

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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.

Above the canopy

Allow 1 hour

City Centre, Adelaide

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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.

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Allow 1.5 - 2 hours to complete



City - South West Corner

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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.

Holy sunday bike trail

Allow 1.5 hours

City - Adelaide Central Markets Precinct

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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.

Federal hall market meander

Allow 2 - 2.5 hours

City - South West Corner

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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.

South west mosque

Allow 2 hours

City - South East Corner

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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.

North Adelaide Trails

Allow 1.5 hours

North Adelaide

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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.

Allow 1-1.5 hours

North Adelaide – Tynte Street Area

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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.

Tynte street community centre

Allow 1-1.5 hours

North Adelaide

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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.

Sponsored trails

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.

The Adelaide City Explorer website and app were created in partnership with the National Trust South Australia.

It features several interesting trails throughout Adelaide city and North Adelaide.

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.