The high end of North Adelaide is the city end and this walk includes 3 important Adelaide icons – Adelaide Oval, St Peter’s Cathedral and Light’s Vision.
Starting Point – From the corner of North Terrace and King William St walk about 500 metres north along King William Road past the Festival Centre until you cross the River Torrens. On your left is the Adelaide Oval and straight ahead is St Peter’s Cathedral.
(note that this starting point is the same as the starting point for the Walk Along North Terrace )
Possible Detour One could be to meander through the parks, gardens and statues of Hercules, Donald Bradman and others surrounding Adelaide Oval or take a tour of Adelaide Oval and visit the famous Bradman Museum.
Otherwise continue walking towards St Peter’s Cathedral which was first built in 1869. You can admire the pleasing spires from the distance and go inside to see the interior or even join a free guided tour of St Peter’s on Wednesdays or Sundays.
From St Peter’s Cathedral to Lights Vision – you will need to walk up the hill along Pennington Terrace. On your right you will pass the university residential college St Mark’s. Have a look at some of its fine old buildings like Downer House built in 1877, Grenfell Price Lodge and Hawker House. On your left you will see the shady trees and parklands surrounding Adelaide Oval and at the top of the grassy hill on your left is the statue of Light’s Vision. This statue commemorates Colonel William Light the surveyor who first laid out the town of Adelaide in 1836. The view from this point at the top of Montefiore Hill takes in Adelaide Oval and Memorial Drive tennis courts at close range, the modern Adelaide Hospital buildings and the Adelaide Hills in the far distance.
Possible Detour Two – Diagonally across from Light’s Vision you may wish to look at a Victorian mansion called Carclew , now an arts centre for children on the corner of Jeffcott St and Strangways Terrace. If you like you can head down Strangways Terrace to see picturesque views of Adelaide across the beautiful golf links which are open to the public for most reasonable playing fees.
From Light`s Vision to Palmer Place and Brougham Place – As you head across to Palmer Place the first house you will see is Montefiore House dating back to 1850s and now part of Aquinas College. Another mansion in Aquinas College is Roche House built in 1905. On the corner of Palmer Place and Brougham Place is Bishop’s Court
first constructed in 1850s and of heritage interest. Further along Brougham Place on your left towards O’Connell St are a number of Victorian mansions all maintained immaculately. On your right is the triangular shaped Palmer Gardens providing colour and expanses of lawn and shady trees.
Possible Detour Three – Head down Kermode St, a short street with a wealth of heritage homes including Creveen, an old private school for girls and the Queens Head Hotel, first licensed in 1838 and possibly Adelaide’s oldest hotel now newly renovated and offering award winning meals.
From Brougham Place and O’Connell St Corner to Angas Gardens – If you cross O’Connell and stay on Brougham Place you find more mansions on your left and the Brougham Place Gardens on your right . This is a good vantage point to look down towards St Peter’s Cathedral and the Angas Gardens and is always pretty with bright flower beds in any season. Brougham Place stretches around to the right and down the hill. At the top of the hill is the picturesque Brougham Place Uniting Church . If you walk down Brougham Place and cross at the lights you come to Edwin Smith Ave and Angas Gardens, a great picnic spot with yet more statues and flowers. You can make your way to the River Torrens or finish where you started at Adelaide Oval.
TOP FOOD STOPS
- Koffee Ink Café at Adelaide Oval for a coffee or snack
- Hill of Grace Restaurant at Adelaide Oval for dinner or lunch
- Queens Head Hotel in Kermode St for pizza, beer or a meal