Gawler Place, Adelaide

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Gawler Place

Gawler Place, Adelaide in 1939.jpg
Gawler Place, 1939
General information
Type Street
Length 800 m (0.5 mi)[1]
Major junctions
North end North Terrace
South end Wakefield Street
LGA(s) City of Adelaide

Gawler Place is a single-lane road in the city centre of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. It runs north to south from North Terrace to Wakefield Street, parallel to and approximately midway between King William and Pulteney Streets.


Prior to 1904, the lanes that now make up Gawler Place included Rundle Place (North Terrace to Rundle Street, now Rundle Mall), Gawler Place (Rundle to Grenfell Street) and Freeman Street (Grenfell to Wakefield Street),[2] as well as Gawler Place.[3]

The Adelaide City Council planned an upgrade to Gawler Place to commence in early 2018.[4][5] However work finally began in January 2019. The upgrade includes "new footpath and road surfaces, lighting, seating and spaces for socialising".[6][7]

Historic buildings

Claridge House

There are a number of historic buildings situated on Gawler Place including Gawler Chambers (188 North Terrace, corner of North Terrace and Gawler Pl),[8][9][10] the Oriental Hotel (42-50 Gawler Pl),[11][12] (former) Claridge House (52-56 Gawler Pl),[13] and the Allan's Building (58-60 Gawler Pl).[14]


As Rundle Mall is a pedestrian mall, driving across it on Gawler Place is not permitted. Between North Terrace and Rundle Mall, Gawler Place permits two-way traffic, with access to a multi-storey car park, and a taxi rank near Rundle Mall. It is also two-way between Rundle Mall and Grenfell Street, for access to businesses on this stretch. South of Grenfell Street, Gawler Place is one-way, for northbound vehicles only. A busy stretch of road, about 25,000 people walk between Grenfell Street and North Terrace daily.[7]

Gawler Place continues north of North Terrace as Kintore Avenue downhill, between the State Library of South Australia and University of Adelaide on the east and National War Memorial, Government House and Torrens Parade Ground on the west to Victoria Drive, which runs alongside the Torrens Lake.


Location km[1] mi Destinations Notes
Adelaide city centre −0.45 −0.28 Victoria Drive as Kintore Avenue
0.0 0.0 North Terrace
0.15 0.093 Rundle Mall
0.30 0.19 Grenfell Street
0.45 0.28 Pirie Street
0.60 0.37 Flinders Street
0.80 0.50 Wakefield Street
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Google (12 July 2017). "Gawler Place, Adelaide" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  2. ^ South Australia. Surveyor-General's Office.; Vaughan, A. (1895). City of Adelaide and park lands, 1895 (Map). Surveyor General's Office. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  3. ^ "GAWLER PLACE". The Register (Adelaide). LXIX, (17, 853). South Australia. 2 February 1904. p. 4. Retrieved 12 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. ^ "Gawler Place Upgrade". City of Adelaide. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  5. ^ Erin Jones (9 June 2016). "How $7.8m would transform for Adelaide's Gawler Place: Artist's impression of revamp is released". The Advertiser (Adelaide Now). Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Gawler Place upgrade begins". Mirage News. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Gawler Place upgrade". City of Adelaide. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Place Details: Gawler Chambers, 188 North Tce, Adelaide, SA, Australia". Department of the Environment and Energy. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  9. ^ Development Assessment Commission (22 May 2012). "Gawler Chambers building, North Terrace of Adelaide". ABC. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  10. ^ Rebecca Vartto. "SA Historical Archaeology Database - Assignment Detail Page: Project Title: Archival research into Gawler Chambers, 188 North Terrace, Adelaide". Flinders University. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Oriental Hotel (now Walsh Building)". National Trust of South Australia. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  12. ^ "South Eastern Corner of Rundle Street and Gawler Place, Adelaide [B 9808] Photograph". State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Gawler Place, Adelaide (B 4839) Photograph". State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Shops at 58-60 Gawler Place". National Trust of South Australia. Retrieved 14 July 2017.

External links

  • State Library of South Australia collection of Gawler Place photographs
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