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Victoria Square

In the centre of Adelaide’s CBD, this large city square is where you will find some of the most important buildings in the state, including many historic sites.

Victoria Square marks the centre of Adelaide and is home to many of the city’s most significant buildings. Walk past the Supreme Court of South Australia, the Federal Court of Australia, the Adelaide General Post Office and the office of the Premier. Looming high above you, see the picturesque spire of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Francis Xavier.

The site was known by the indigenous Kaurna people as Tarndanyangga. Since 1837, the square has been named after Queen Victoria.

Arrive in Victoria Square by wandering through the busy commercial district of central Adelaide or by riding one of the five remaining H-Class trams that operate on weekends and holidays. The historic trams are city icons and riding them is a family-friendly experience.

Explore the square on foot to discover its many delights. On the western side, you’ll find the Adelaide Central Market. Pick up some lunch or a light snack before you explore the expansive aisles of stalls. Along with gourmet food and fresh local produce, the market has stalls offering handmade souvenirs, clothing and electronic equipment.

Admire the architecture lining the four sides of Victoria Square as you sit in the centre. With nearly two centuries of history, visitors to the city can experience all periods of Adelaide’s architectural legacy in this central location. Notice the large statue of Queen Victoria in the middle of the square. 

Visit the square in January of each year to see the exciting final stage of the Tour Down Under, Australia’s premier international cycling event. 

The square is open daily and there is no admission fee. Some metered parking and private car parks can be found in the area.

Popular Activities at Victoria Square

Give yourself plenty of time at Victoria Square. Here are the top activities:

For more activities, have a look at our Adelaide things to do page.


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Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

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65 Hindley Street, Adelaide
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 2,823 reviews
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    Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adelaide Casino, Rundle Mall, and Adelaide Festival Centre. Government House and Victoria Square are also within 10 minutes. Adelaide Station is only a 3-minute walk and Adelaide Mile End Station is 23 minutes.

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    ibis Adelaide

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    122 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 1,723 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rundle Mall, Art Gallery of South Australia, and University of Adelaide. Victoria Square and Government House are also within 15 minutes. Adelaide Station is 11 minutes by foot.

      Peppers Waymouth Hotel AU$108
      Peppers Waymouth Hotel

      Peppers Waymouth Hotel

      55 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 6,087 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Almost at the geographic centre of Adelaide's central business district, this hotel is a short walk from restaurants, 700 metres from the Adelaide Convention Centre, and less than 500 metres from Rundle Street Mall.

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        185 Morphett Street, Adelaide
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 2,091 reviews
          4.5 out of 5.0

          Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Adelaide Central Market and Victoria Square. Rundle Mall and Adelaide Festival Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Adelaide Station is 12 minutes by foot and Adelaide Mile End Station is 21 minutes.

          Pullman Adelaide AU$106
          Pullman Adelaide

          Pullman Adelaide

          16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide
             
            4.6
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            Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rundle Mall and South Australian Museum. Rymill Park and Adelaide Oval are also within 1 mi (2 km). Adelaide Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Hilton Adelaide AU$118
            Hilton Adelaide

            Hilton Adelaide

            233 Victoria Square, Adelaide
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 2,251 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Overlooking Victoria Square and close to Adelaide's business, theatre, and dining districts, Hilton Adelaide is located next to the Adelaide Central Market - the largest fresh food and gourmet produce market in the Southern Hemisphere.

              Stamford Plaza Adelaide AU$107
              Stamford Plaza Adelaide

              Stamford Plaza Adelaide

              150 North Terrace, Adelaide
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 1,760 reviews
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                Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Government House, Rundle Mall, and Adelaide Festival Centre. Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide Oval are also within 10 minutes. Adelaide Station is only a 2-minute walk and Adelaide Mile End Station is 27 minutes.

                InterContinental Adelaide AU$131
                InterContinental Adelaide

                InterContinental Adelaide

                North Terrace, Adelaide
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 1,697 reviews
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                  Located in the city center of Adelaide, this luxury hotel is near the airport and steps from Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Convention Centre, and Parliament House. Also nearby are Adelaide Festival Centre and Government House.