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Best Historic Locations in Adelaide

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Adelaide Town Hall

The striking Adelaide Town Hall stands tall on King William Street in the capital city's bustling center. Construction on the structure began in 1863 based on designs by Edmund Wright and Edward Wood. Upon its completion in 1866, the landmark was hailed as one of the "most important edifices" to be built in the city. The Adelaide Town Hall has been carefully preserved in the following years, and today, it retains its architectural glory. Modern modifications have only been applied to make the building more environmentally sound. A truly significant landmark, the town hall also serves as a premier event venue, offering several rooms and spaces to accommodate a variety of events.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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West Terrace Cemetery

West Terrace Cemetery forms an integral part of Adelaide's rich heritage, a veritable who-was-who from city and state. Those interred include early settlers, the rich and famous, politicians, artists and sportsmen; from the prestigious Bonython family to the controversial composer, Percy Grainger. With well over 150,000 burials, the site remains a historic, working cemetery, subject to heritage guidelines.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Old Adelaide Gaol

First opened in 1841, the Old Adelaide Gaol closed its doors to prisoners in 1988 and has since welcomed only curious visitors. The site's highlights include a grim hanging tower, cell blocks, gravesite, and artifact displays alongside colonial architecture complete with decorative gargoyles. Visitors can explore the prison grounds at their leisure or opt for a regularly-scheduled guided tour. While the site's location in the western Adelaide Parklands near the River Torrens makes it an interesting attraction for nature enthusiasts, rumors of paranormal occurrences draw in fans of the supernatural. Visits to the old prison make for an afternoon of history and heritage while exploring South Australia's capital. Bookings are essential for tours of the Gaol.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Carrick Hill

Tucked at the base of the Adelaide Hills sits Carrick Hill, a heritage-listed estate featuring an imposing Elizabethan mansion and nearly 40 hectares (99 miles) of English gardens and native bush. Built between 1937 and 1939, Carrick Hill was originally home to local businessman Sir Edward Hayward. The estate's remarkable interior is marked by rich oak paneling, antique furniture, and priceless art. Carrick Hill is now treasured as one of the area's leading tourist attractions, and only 25 minutes from central Adelaide by bus, it's an easy day trip to plan. After a pleasant tour of the grounds and museum, visitors can enjoy snacks and refreshing drinks in the on-site cafe.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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