North Adelaide is one of the city’s most exclusive residential addresses. It is also rich in history, with a mix of stately mansions and humble workers’ cottages. From Light’s Vision you can take a walk through Lower North Adelaide to get the full picture. Take Palmer Place (the section that runs parallel to Jeffcott Street) into Brougham Place to see old mansions with commanding views across the city.
Brougham Place continues into Stanley Street. Down the hill you’ll find small stone cottages that formed part of South Australia’s first subdivision. Melbourne Street is the heart of this area and is Adelaide’s classiest street, with art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and the restored Lion Hotel.
To find the true cafe heart of North Adelaide, head to O’Connell Street – it has old pubs bedecked with Victorian iron lace, as well as restaurants and cafes. Tynte Street , which runs off O’Connell Street and was once North Adelaide’s main street, has many fine 19th-century buildings.
R. M. Williams Outback Heritage Museum
Reginald Murray Williams was a classic example of the 1930s battler. He made his first pair of boots in outback South Australia and later started up a ‘factory’ in his father’s shed. Out of this grew an Australian legend. This museum, on the site of that shed, charts the story of his life in fascinating photographs, objects and displays. 5 Percy St, Prospect; open Mon–Fri; admission free.