Step into the Heart of Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide is the historic maritime heart of South Australia and home to some of the finest historic buildings and ships in the state. Officially established in 1840, only four years after the foundation of the State, Port Adelaide played an integral role in the colonial development of South Australia.

That history is all around you as you walk the streets of our port city. From impressive 19th century buildings and wooden ships to modern, sophisticated cruise ships and stunning waterfront environments, Port Adelaide has so much to offer for those who love to get out and explore.

 

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If you are planing to visit Port Adelaide to take a tour of #wonderwalls, you can download the Wonderwalls app from AppStore or Google play to interact and learn more about the artists and follow the map The official Wonderwalls Port Adelaide app gives you instant access to the festival line-up, artist profiles, mural locations and event information. With in-built maps connecting to interactive beacons at mural sites, the app i…

Why be a tourist when you can be a secret agent? Or run through the streets of a new city to escape a zombie apocalypse? Have you ever read a story and wish you could be in it? Calling the shots, helping the good guys (or bad), choosing your adventure. Story City makes you the hero of your own story, giving you the chance to take part in your own adventure in cities across Australia and the world. Story City is a digital storytelling experience that puts you in the story. It combines fictional choose-your-own-adventure style stories with physical locations, allowing the fantasy to become ‘real’! The Story City app and adventures are FREE to download and enjoy. Rather than reading these adven…

Living in Port is an exciting new walking tour app that explores the State Heritage precinct of Port Adelaide. See how the streets have changed, and what has stayed the same, through historic images merged with the current day. Port Adelaide is a special place. Not just another suburb, it is a place with a distinct history and a distinct character. It was the colony’s industrial centre, a heart of industry, and a community with a strong identity. Through historic images and local stories learn about Port Adelaide’s history, major landmarks, colourful characters and significant events. This fantastic free iPhone app will allow you explore significant historic sites in Port Adelaide. Use the s…

The Professional Fishermen’s Memorial stands proudly on the waterfront to pay tribute to those who lost their lives at sea in the South Australian fishing industry. Since 1884, 176 lives have been lost. This monument is testament to the perils of the ocean and acts as a reminder of the need for adequate training for the industry.…

Built in 1926, the hall represents the importance of the trade union movement amongst wharf labourers, ie: the Port Adelaide Working Men’s Association (1872-1989) which affiliated with the Waterside Workers Federation of Australia in the early 1920’s.…

This building is the third Anglican Church on the site. The first was St Pauls-on-Piles 1841, the second dated 1852 and the current building was completed in 1905. The stained glass windows were specially shipped from England.…

This fine building, which is the fourth church of the Congregationalists in the Port, was completed in 1868 with the capacity to seat 750 people. The first building, built in 1839 at the original port which is now in the West Lakes area, is said to have been made of native pine posts and palings. Their second chapel proved too small and the third was burnt down. Reverend Joseph Kirby was the third pastor from 1880-1908 and is best remembered as a strong campaigner on many social issues in South Australia. This church is now the Port Adelaide Uniting Church.…

The National Railway Museum has the finest collection of rolling stock and artefacts in Australia. Located on the site of the 1856 Port Adelaide Railway yard, it includes the original goods shed and many vehicles used in the Port. Climb into the cabs of giant steam engines, walk through elegant carriages, enjoy free train rides and interactive and educational displays.…

 

Up for some Self Guided Adventuring?

Why not explore…

The Port Adelaide Dolphin Trail – Where else can you find dolphins living and playing so close to our urban environment? This stunning environmental trail provides an opportunity to discover the diversity of the Port region and explore what it has to offer along its coast, island, marina, river and beaches.

The Ships Graveyards – Port Adelaide boasts one of South Australia’s most significant archaeological treasures – the largest and most diverse ships graveyard in Australia accessible to non-divers. Dispersed over five sites, in quiet backwaters of the Port River, are the remains of a varied group of sailing, steam, motor and service vessels which ended their working lives in Port Adelaide.

Free Bike Hire – The City of Port Adelaide Enfield runs a free bike hire program which makes it quick and easy to grab a bike and go for a ride. Explore everything the Port has to offer at your own pace!

 

Port Adelaide Guide | Image courtesy of Jaqueline Barmentloo | Your guide to Port Adelaide's thriving business and tourism community.

Image courtesy of Jaqueline Barmentloo