Without being overly commercialised, ‘the Port’, established in 1840, retains the charm of its maritime history and serves as an interesting destination in its own right, with weekend wharf markets, pubs and cafes, and galleries and antique shops. This was South Australia’s first State Heritage Area, with historic buildings and a sense of the days when the old ports were busy trading and social centres. This is, however, still very much a working port, with a grain terminal, a tug-base, and fishing boats in the inner port – on the upper reaches of the Port River – and a container terminal for large ships in the outer harbour, at the mouth of the river.
The Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre has information about attractions, events and cruises. 66 Commercial Rd; (08) 8405 6560; open daily.