So as we know Adelaide is perfectly situated between North, South, East, and West terraces (hurrah for organisation!), but have you ever thought of exploring whats on the outside? Here is a guide to exploring the north side of North Terrace, where youll find beautiful faades, cultural buildings, places to chill, and places of interest along the way.


Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Its always refreshing to escape the cement squareness of the city and head back into nature. Stroll through the greenery and around numerous duck ponds in the Botanic Gardens, where you can clear your head and relax while watching nature do its thing. There are loads of nooks and crannies to chill out in, bring a book or watch the world go by. Alternatively, embark on an adventure and explore the different gardens within such as the succulent garden, lily pad pond, or conservatory.

Corner of Hackney Road and North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000


Art Gallery of South Australia

Culture yourself and spend some time browsing the Art Gallery; its not something you do everyday. Use the app to go on a self-guided tour or look around at your own pace yourself. Take in the various sculptures, paintings prints, drawings, and more as you make your way through to explore the various collections inside. Be sure to check out the latest exhibition while youre there. Theyre not around long, and are good excuse to come back again to see whats new.

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000


South Australian Museum

Remember the days of school excursions? Chances are you havent been to the Museum since. Theres always something new to learn whether its about indigenous culture, Antarctic expeditions, weird and wonderful creatures, or prehistoric dinosaurs. A stroll through the museum is a great escape from the norm and brings back a little bit of nostalgia, #throwbackthursday.

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000


State Library

For all you bookworms out there, this is for you. The State Library is home to South Australias largest collection of public reference material. Thats a lot of books. But theres more. Pull out your wand and explore the Mortlock Wing; Adelaides own answer to Hogwarts. The Mortlock Wing was opened in 1984 and takes you back in time when libraries were beautifully decorated and books were clothbound.

Corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide SA 5000


National War Memorial

The National War Memorial on North Terrace remembers those who served in World War 1. Visitors can enter the memorial where the names of those who lost their lives in the war are listed on the walls. Every year memorial services for ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day are held.

190 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000


Parliament of South Australia

The Parliament of South Australia, as the name suggests, is the states parliament building. Tours are held regularly, lead by a guide showing you all the ins and outs of whats going on the inside. Go onto the floor of parliament, view the library, and learn about the architecture. Make sure to check sitting days ahead of time to make the most of your tour.

Corner of King William Street and North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000


Government House

Discover the mystery that is behind the walls you see every time you walk past the corner of North Terrace and King William. Government House is open twice a year to the public in March and November. At these times, visitors can view public rooms and take part in a garden tour through the immaculate gardens surrounding the property. Not a secret any more, hey?

Corner of King William Street and North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000



North Terrace is home to both Adelaide University, and the University of South Australia. And as if one campus each was enough, nope, theyve both got two. In the East end youll find beautiful historical buildings such as UniSAs red bricked Brookman Building, and the Elder and Bonython Halls of Adelaide Uni. As for modern architecture, both universities have built brand new flashy health science buildings as part the health and medical science precinct in the west end. Hot tip, while youre there, check out the cheese grater next door, youll know what I mean.

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

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