Street Art in Adelaide City

Guide to Seeing the Street Art in Adelaide

Do you love street art? Are you one of those who go hunting for different kinds of street art, including the graffiti and murals? Then Adelaide city must be on your list. There is so much of street art in Adelaide and every art is spectacular and beautiful. In this post, you will find a complete guide to finding street art in Adelaide city centre.

One of the murals on a lane

I had never imagined I would see so many graffities on the streets of Adelaide. Every street in the city, had at least one graffiti! Agreed, that’s exaggeration. Let me correct myself here, most of the streets in the city had at least one graffiti. They were massive, colourful and pretty. I have always cherished and loved street art. Even though the city was very quiet for me, there were absolutely no people or cars or anyone at 11:30 AM on a Saturday, I still liked this city because of its street art.

By the way did you know that there are streets in Melbourne dedicated to street art? And Hosier Lane is one of them.

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Where is Adelaide?

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia (SA) state in Australia. It is also the Opal capital of Australia as the city produces the best selling opals. The city boasts itself for its food and wine, events and shopping.

Did you know that Adelaide has now been recognised as a UNESCO City of Music due to its commitment and creativity in music?

Adelaide city was founded in the year 1836 and was named after Queen Adelaide. Most of the state government’s business and financial transactions are conducted at Adelaide and are concentrated in the Central Business District (CBD).

Note: Adelaide is on a different time zone than Sydney.

South Australia is one of the best hidden secrets of Australia. There are plenty of things that it offers its guests and tourists. For adventurous travelers there is Cage dive with the Great White sharks. And for travelers who love nature, you can spend time at the Kangaroo Island where you can see the untouched and pure beauty of nature.

Portrait - Street Art in Adelaide

How to get to Adelaide?

By Air

Adelaide is very well connected with all the other cities by flights. The best way to reach Adelaide from Sydney and other cities is by taking a flight. Jetstar is the budgeted airline and there are frequent flights between any city and Adelaide.

By Road

A few things to note before driving to Adelaide:

  • The roads have toll routes.
  • Adelaide and Sydney/Melbourne are on different time zones.
  • The best way to drive to Adelaide is by breaking the drive at various locations along the way.

From Sydney – The distance between Sydney and Adelaide is 1375 kilometres and the journey by road takes around 14 hours 15 minutes. It is surely a very long way from Adelaide and so it is best to have stop overs along the way.

If you are driving from Sydney, then Canberra is one of the cities where you can take couple of days break before heading towards Adelaide.

From Melbourne – The closest city to Adelaide is Melbourne. And the distance between the Melbourne and Adelaide is around 726 kilometres. The journey by road takes about 8 hours.

You can also hire the cars with Rental Cars or Jucy Rentals at the airports or in various areas of Adelaide. The car hire is the best way to go when you do not have your car while driving. You need to have a valid International driver’s licence (in English) to hire a car in Australia. Also, ensure to hire the car with full insurance and zero excess.

Guide to Seeing the Street Art in Adelaide
Do you love road trips? Then you should check out the road trip from Adelaide to Coober Pedy.

By Public transport

Adelaide is very well connected by trains as well. The intercity trains run between the cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Franklin street station in Adelaide is the main train station where all the trains arrive.

A famous train journey and an epic trip across Australia is The Ghan. The train connects between Adelaide and Darwin / Alice Springs.

Street art in Adelaide city

The city centre has lanes filled with street art, especially that of portraits. It is recorded that the city has more than 110 street arts across the CBD. These murals are created by well established local and international artists. Ranging from portrait of Steve Irwin to a portrait of an Aboriginal elder, the lanes showcases the best talent in the country.

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Steve Irwin Portrait

You can walk around these lanes to find the colourfully painted walls. The City of Adelaide council also has printable maps that you can download to follow a track and go see these murals.

Here are some of the lanes that I walked in Adelaide city where I saw stunning display of art:

  • Anster Street
  • Tatham Street
  • Eliza Street
Street Art in Adelaide

Street art festivals in Adelaide

Adelaide city celebrates many music and art festivals to showcase the local and international talent. Some of the festivals that you can attend are:

  • Wonderwalls Street Art – Celebrated in Port Adelaide during February or March, the Wonderwalls Street Art is an artist run 3 days festival.
  • Adelaide Fringe – Every year, Adelaide Fringe commissions new and best artists to create murals across the city and suburbs.
A beautiful lady - Street Art

Safety for Solo Female Travelers

Adelaide is one of the safest cities in Australia. I traveled solo to the city and I did not have any issues whatsoever. However, like any other city in the world be cautious and know your surroundings, especially at night.

With the mural

Closing Notes

Definitely, Adelaide has much more street art than what I explored and have mentioned here. I wish to go back to Adelaide some day again and explore the streets and the city more.

Do you know any of the streets that I have not mentioned but has spectacular graffiti? Let me know in the comments below.

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