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An insider's guide to history in Adelaide

Posted By Holly On December 19, 2013

There's plenty to explore in Adelaide.An insider's guide to history in Adelaide

Whether you're staying in long-term accommodation or just visiting Adelaide, the South Australian capital has a rich and extensive history that just begs to be explored.

From its beginnings as a planned colony for free settlers to the waves of agricultural, mining, and manufacturing developments the city has undergone, Adelaide's back story is one filled with twists and turns.

So when you're all settled into your holiday accommodation, why not explore some of the area's most famous historical sites and landmarks?

Adelaide's history is full of whaling stories, with the first whalers and settlers arriving in the mid 1700s and setting up various stations and lookouts to drive the booming whaling industry in the region.

The old whaling station at Rosetta Head, Victor Harbour was first established by the South Australian company. One of the headmen working on the project, William Wright, even gave his name to the nearby Wright Island.


"Head south to the Mossman Gorge to see crystal-clear waters from the Mossman River sweep over boulders into the gorge, or set off to Cape Tribulation for an awe-inspiring view of rainforest-covered mountains cascading down to sandy beaches.


Take a stroll along the harbour to check out the old station for yourself, and then head on over by horse drawn tram to Granite Island, which also used to house a whaling station.

The island itself is one of the most well-known landmarks in the harbour, formed by a combination of molten rock that was gradually whittled away over time by the ocean and the elements.

Once you've explored the old whaling sites, drop by the Port Adelaide area to visit some of the city's leading museums.

Located on 66 Lipson Street is the South Australian Aviation Museum, a must-visit for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of various aircraft such as the Gipsy Moth, Ikara, Sheppard CS2 and more.There's also the Maritime Museum and the National Railway Museum to explore.

If you're looking for a great base for your Adelaide stay, Mantra on Frome is conveniently located within a short distance of the CBD.


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