North Terrace is Adelaide`s premier boulevard and features major cultural attractions along with trees, gardens, statues, historical buildings and food sensations all within a one kilometre walking distance.
Starting point is the King William St and North Terrace corner right at the statue of the soldier on horse. You can look north and see the Festival Centre, Adelaide Oval and St Peters Cathedral in the distance. But for this walk go along North Terrace and take the shady path following the wall of Government House which dates from 1839 (sometimes open to public) and see through to extensive lawns and gardens. Or walk along the footpath and read the bronze plaques of famous Australians or stop to admire some fine statues and monuments.
Possible Detour One could be taken by turning left down Kintore Avenue from the War Memorial and taking the ANZAC Memorial Walk constructed in 2016. This walk is only several hundred metres and features more views into Government House and an interpretive wall of black granite commemorating all servicemen and women. The walk links to the Pathway of Honour which is behind Government House.
Between Kintore Avenue and Frome Road you will discover why North Terrace is known as Adelaide’s top cultural precinct. Here you will find the the State Library (including a modern state-of-the-art building and the fine old Mortlock Library), the SA Museum (including one of the largest aboriginal collections in the world) and the Art Gallery with mainly free collections and free daily tours. Each of these three have options for a well deserved coffee break. If you have time you can walk behind these three buildings to visit the Migration Museum and see the Old Police Barracks. Next to the Art Gallery you will find gracious old buildings and statues in the University of Adelaide and finally on the corner of Frome Road is the Brookman Building of the University of SA.
Botanic Garden can be reached a few hundred metres past Frome Rd on your left. There is not a lot of interest as you walk past the old hospital but if you look across to the right hand side of North Terrace you will see Ayers House a restored old mansion which is popular for weddings and is a museum open to the public for paid tours.
Possible Detour Two could be taken through Botanic Garden. Depending on the season of year there are many trees, plants and flowers to see as well as the beautifully restored Victorian Palm House imported from Germany, the more modern Conservatory for tropical plants and the Museum of Economic Botany. Free daily tours are at 10am and there are numerous lunch and snack options from fine dining in the Botanic Garden Restaurant and casual fare at Café Fibonacci near the Diggers Garden shop.
At this point you could head back to North Terrace and finish the tour or you could walk into Botanic Park, towards the Zoo and then commence another iconic Adelaide walk – Along the River Torrens.
TOP FOOD STOPS in addition to those already mentioned include
- Lunch or brunch overlooking the Botanic Garden at the National Wine Centre which is on the corner of North Terrace and Hackney Rd and can also be reached through the Botanic Garden Also an ideal place to taste Australian wines
- Dinner at Golden Boy , a contemporary Thai restaurant with good value tuk-tuk menu and bookings not essential. Situated opposite Botanic Garden main gate on the corner of North Terrace and East Terrace.
- Dinner at Africola, a highly commended African restaurant right next to Golden Boy on East Terrace.
- Coffee, lunch, tapas, drink or dinner at 2KW which is on the top of the building on the corner of North Terrace and King William St directly opposite Government House at the start of the walk. Enjoy the view as you have a drink and tapas at the Loggia Bar or enjoy fine food in the restaurant.