One of South Australia’s earliest settlements, Port Adelaide became SA’s first state heritage area in the 1980s. Today, it is an eclectic mix of old and new – as considerable money is being injected to bring life to the historic area and boost the region.

Port Adelaide is the main maritime gateway for South Australia. It showcases an incredible history- evident through the architecture of the area and museums.

Information current as of: June 2020

Data sourced from realestate.com.au, Google Maps & Australian Bureau of Statistics, based on 2016 census data

Image from: Weekend Notes



12.1km North-west of Adelaide city centre.

Part of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.



First sighted by Captain Collet Barker.

Officially proclaimed a harbour in 1837.

One of South Australia’s earliest settlements.



Male 51% + Female 49%

Median age 44

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What the Locals Love

Urban renewal

With a rich history, Port Adelaide is home to some unique architecture that reflects the diversity of the area’s past.

Spaces are being rejuvenated to include new residential developments, and retail and tourism precincts This includes a release of government-owned land, previously inaccessible by the public.

New precincts

“The Port” is currently undergoing a number of activation projects, to revitalise the region. This includes the development of various new precincts:

  • – Retail Core
  • – Hart’s Mill
  • – McLaren Wharf
  • – Dock One
  • – Cruickshanks’s Corner
  • – Woolstores
  • – Dale Street West
  • – Port Approach
  • – Fletcher’s Slip and North West

Museums galore

SA Maritime Museum – with interactive exhibits, you can experience what life was like for sailors in the mid 1850s.

National Railway Museum – take a walk through giant steam engines in Australia’s largest undercover railway museum.

SA Aviation Museum – experience aviation history dating back to 1910, and take a seat inside a variety of old aircraft.

Eclectic arty vibe

A variety of social and creative hubs are host to cafes, restaurants, and small businesses that blend local and international influences.

Support local

There’s a strong ‘support local’ vibe at the community markets – selling fresh produce at very affordable prices. Check out:

– Fishermans Wharf Market

– The People’s Market at Hart’s Mill

– Torrens Island Market

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