Historic Port Adelaide

Only 5 minutes by car from Semaphore (or a short train trip), Port Adelaide is a sea port city, and the historic maritime heart of South Australia. It is home to some of the finest historic buildings 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.

The first migrants, wading through the mud of nearby "Port Misery", had a daunting start to a new life in the fledgling colony. By the 1870s however, wharves were built, solid stone warehouses and homes were erected and signs of Port Adelaide's prosperity were evident. The Port has played host to the dashing sailing ships of yesteryear, steamships and, in recent times, sophisticated container and cruise ships.

Port Adelaide has retained many of its impressive 19th Century buildings, which, within the boundaries of Nelson Street, St Vincent Street, Todd Street and McLaren Parade, form the State's first Heritage Area.

A treasure trove of South Australia's heritage awaits you in Port Adelaide. The best way to discover its delights is to Walk the Port! (contact the Visitor Info Centre for more information).

In addition to 5 historical museums throughout Port Adelaide, and more than 20 heritage buildings within the Historic centre of the Port, there is a popular market in the wharf area, right on the riverfront every Sunday. And don't miss the opportunity to book yourself on a Port River cruise.

Historic Precinct of Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre:

Your first port of call for Tourist information, special events, community information, and local guided tours.


Located at the corner of St Vincent Street & Commercial Road,
Port Adelaide.
Open 7 days a week from 9am - 5pm (closed on Christmas day).
66 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide SA 5015
tel: 08 8447 4788
fax: 08 8447 4112

email: visitorinfo@portenf.sa.gov.au
Web: www.portenf.sa.gov.au

Museums to visit:

Port Dock Station Railway Museum
Lipson Street
Port Adelaide 5015
Telephone: 08 8341 1690
Facsimile: 08 8341 1626
Open Daily

lighthouse at Port Adelaide
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National Railway Museum
Lipson Street
Port Adelaide 5015
Telephone: 08 8341 1690
Open Daily 10am - 5pm
(closed Christmas day)

South Australian Aviation Museum
Cnr Ocean Steamers Rd & Honey Street
Port Adelaide 5015
Telephone: 08 8240 1230
Open Daily 10.30am - 4.30pm
(closed Christmas day)

Aviation Museum


saling ship in Port Adelaide


South Australian Maritime Museum
126 Lipson Street
Port Adelaide 5015
Open Daily
Telephone: 08 8207 6255


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