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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Elder & Co built the southern store in 1857 and the corner building was added at a later date. These buildings, excellent examples of early Victorian warehouse construction with timber floors and posts, now house the main displays of the South Australian Maritime Museum. A replica of the ketch Active forms a major display - a reminder of the ships that once sailed along the South Australian coastline.…

The northern wall of the South Australian Maritime Museum was the site where men waited to show that they were available for casual labouring work on the ships or around the docks. Press the button on the soundpost and hear the Poverty Corner story.…

This group of buildings once formed part of Henry Werman's sailmaking business. The shop in Lipson Street is virtually unchanged since the 1880s and features an interesting use of 'colonial bond' brickwork with a corrugated iron second storey. A cafe now graces a building that is little more than a front facade and a roof. The walls are those of adjoining buildings.…

These old stone warehouses played an important role in the Port's early commercial life when sailing ships worked the coasts. The overhanging beams in Carlton Street are reminders of the horse-drawn eta when block and tackle were the only way to lift heavy goods.…

Situated on the famous Black Diamond Corner, this was the original "Railway Hotel" and is the oldest building in the Port. Its coach house can still be seen in Carlton Street. Read more about the history of the hotel on the Port Admiral Hotel website.…

Unveiled in 1921, the Workers Memorial is a while marble Statue of 'Justice' which stands on a massive grey granite base. Funds for the Memorial came from many parties, including unionists, businessmen, lodges and other organisations. The people of Port Adelaide built the Workers Memorial to honour the pioneers of the Labor movement.…

The City of Adelaide is the world's oldest surviving clipper ship. Between 1864 and 1886, the City of Adelaide made 23 voyages to South Australia carrying passengers on her southern leg and cargo and the odd passenger on the homeward journey. You'll find the City of Adelaide at Dock 1 Port Adelaide. Guided tours offered daily between 9am and 3pm.…

The SA Maritime Museum preserves, explores and celebrates the human history of our oceans and rivers. Exhibitions include the gallery, lighthouse and vessels in the heart of Port Adelaide, South Australia’s first heritage precinct. The collection has grown over the past 140 years but takes a contemporary approach to interpreting the past. Over two million people have visited the Maritime Museum since the bond stores exhibition gallery opened in 1986.…

The Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre resides in a former Courts, Customs & Police Station building which was completed in 1860 at a cost of 7,000 pounds. Externally, it has changed little since then, although the original slate roof has been replaced with iron and a central dome removed. The governor, Sir Eric Neale, officially opened the building as the Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre on 9 November 1997.…

 

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