North Terrace, Adelaide

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North Terrace, looking south-west from Bonython Hall.
Adelaide in 1839 as viewed south-east from the western end of North Terrace, including Holy Trinity Church. (The church tower lost its "peaked cap" in 1844.)
North Terrace, looking south-west from the Museum.
North Terrace, looking south-west from Kintore Avenue.
North Terrace, looking east from Kintore Avenue.
North Terrace, looking north-east from near King William Street, ca. 1940. (Kintore Avenue in the foreground).
North Terrace, looking east from the tram stop adjacent to the City West campus of the University of South Australia.

North Terrace is one of the four terraces that bound the central business and residential district of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. It runs east-west, along the northern edge of "the square mile".[1][2]

North Side of North Terrace[edit]

Theoretically, the northern side of North Terrace is part of the Adelaide Parklands. However, much of the space between North Terrace and the River Torrens is occupied by cultural institutions and other public buildings. Starting from West Terrace and travelling east, these buildings include:

(West Terrace)

(Morphett Street bridge)

(King William Road)

(Kintore Avenue)

(Frome Road)

(East Terrace)

  • Adelaide Botanic Gardens

South Side of North Terrace[edit]

Starting at West Terrace and travelling east, the southern side of the street includes:

(West Terrace)

  • The Newmarket Hotel
  • Assorted accommodation, businesses and medical practices
  • Many buildings forming the City West campus of the University of South Australia
  • The Lion Arts Centre (in the old Fowler's Lion Flour Factory building)

(Morphett Street bridge)

  • The historic Holy Trinity Church (Anglican)
  • Assorted accommodation, businesses and government offices
  • The Dame Roma Mitchell building
  • Assorted accommodation and various Adelaide head offices (e.g. MyBudget, Origin Energy)

(King William Street)

  • The former Adelaide head office of the Westpac Bank
  • The exclusive, historic and discreetly labelled Adelaide Club (for gentlemen)
  • The Myer Centre, part of the Rundle Mall shopping precinct
  • The exclusive, historic and unlabelled Queen Adelaide Club (for ladies)[4]
  • "Gawler Chambers", the former Adelaide offices of the South Australian Company

(Gawler Place)

  • Assorted businesses and medical practices
  • David Jones, part of the Rundle Mall shopping precinct
  • Assorted businesses, medical practices and University of Adelaide buildings
  • The historic Scots Church (originally Presbyterian, now Uniting Church)

(Pulteney Street)[3]

  • Various buildings occupied by the University of Adelaide
  • The historic and architecturally elaborate Freemasons' building
  • The Waterhouse house
  • Assorted businesses
  • The First Church of Christ, Scientist ("Christian Scientist" Church)

(Frome Street)

  • Assorted businesses
  • The historic Ayers House
  • 19th century Terrace houses
  • The historic Botanic Hotel

(East Terrace)

Glenelg Tramline extensions[edit]

In October 2007, the extension of the Glenelg Tramline from Victoria Square to the University of South Australia City West campus was completed. In 2009, construction commenced on a further extension of the line west to the Parklands, and then northwest and west through the Parklands to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre at the start of Port Road, Adelaide's major northwestern arterial road.

The tram now operates from Glenelg to South Terrace, along the entire length of King William Street to North Terrace, along North Terrace to West Terrace, and then to the Entertainment Centre. Talk of possible further extensions periodically surfaces in newspapers and politicians' speeches.

Picture gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2003 Adelaide Street Directory, 41st Edition. UBD (A Division of Universal Press Pty Ltd). 2003. ISBN 0-7319-1441-4. 
  2. ^ Map of the Adelaide city centre, North Adelaide and the Adelaide Parklands.
  3. ^ a b Bonython Hall is opposite Pulteney Street, and was built in 1936 as a result of a donation of over £50,000 from Sir John Langdon Bonython. Pulteney Street is the only one of the city's north-south thoroughfares which does not continue north through the parklands. Folklore has it that the Bonython donation was made on the condition that a hall be built opposite Pulteney Street, thus blocking any future path through the parklands and preventing the division of the campus by a major thoroughfare.
  4. ^ Queen Adelaide Club > Club history Accessed 15 January 2013.


Coordinates: 34°55′16″S 138°36′21″E / 34.9212°S 138.6059°E / -34.9212; 138.6059