Footsteps in Adelaide Walk Eight: Exploring the Treasures of Port Adelaide

  • The best tip for walking in Port Adelaide is to grab a map from the visitor information centre near the Lighthouse and then head towards whatever appeals to you. Port Adelaide is hip and historical and filled with markets, museums and murals. You will be overwhelmed by the large number of colonial buildings, some dating right back to the 1830s. And as you wander about you will always be close to the water and wharves with their interesting ketches and boats. You can even climb the lighthouse.

On weekends markets spill out onto the wharves and people come from far and wide to grab bargains of fresh produce and art and crafts.

Dolphin cruises also operate but if you prefer a quiet walk across the Birkenhead bridge chances are you will also see a number of dolphins.

A half hour car or train trip from Adelaide city centre makes this walk an easy half day excursion. The Maritime Museum is the most popular Museum and the array of antique and second hand shops provide walkers with plenty to discover.

Recently a number of artists have painted murals on a variety of walls, warehouses and buildings in the heart of Port Adelaide. This colourful street art is both a social commentary and a pleasure to view. A map and brochure from the visitor information centre details each mural.

Extend the Walk

If you want to walk an extra hour or two you can continue for several kilometres to Semaphore beach once you walk across the Birkenhead bridge. A walk along the esplanade provides wonderful scenic views of one of Adelaide’s loveliest beaches. The jetty is  a long one and popular for fishing.Unlike Glenelg and Henley Beach most homes have retained their heritage feel and shops and restaurants on Semaphore Road  have an authentic and retro vibe. A great place for vegetarian options and second hand shops. If you are using public transport you can catch a train or bus in Semaphore, no need to do a return walk to Port Adelaide

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