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Then and now – tune in to discover Adelaide through the ages

If you love a little yesteryear, Adelaide is home to a treasure trove of historic sites and character-packed heritage buildings – and there’s a new interactive way to discover the city’s stories.

The ‘Adelaide Guide to Heritage & Folklore’ is the first of several digitised Off the Grid trail experiences being launched in 2018 by the City of Adelaide. Locals and visitors can still access printed versions of the City’s self-guided walking tours, but the new guides will offer a more immersive experience through storytelling thanks to specially curated digital material.

Head to to download the ‘Heritage & Folklore’ guide and look for new additions coming online soon. Get printed guides at the Customer Centre (25 Pirie Street) or Visitor Information Centre in James Place.


Heritage & Folklore guide
Specially curated digital material brings this intriguing city trail to life

Local creative Sam Trezise is behind the new guides – collaborating closely with the tourism, marketing and heritage teams at City of Adelaide. Using illustration, writing and cartography talents, he develops unique ways for people to discover places across the globe.

“You can only fit so much on a double-sided printed map, so it’s become a fairly natural process for people to seek out additional information online and enjoy things like podcasts and other audio material,” said Sam.

“With this new guide, we’ve included additional online material – like photos, maps and sound clips – to enrich the overall experience.”

The ‘Heritage & Folklore’ guide covers some of the city’s many historic sites in a ‘hit-list’ format with illustrations and photos, plus Sam’s thrown in a few folklore stories discovered during his research – including tales of hidden tunnels, haunted sites and mysterious characters!

Leading by example - In conversation with Professor Peter Rathjen

“I’ve also added a range of extended material online and recorded audio material designed to be listened to ‘on the go’. The idea is for users to trigger audio at specific locations making the audio story more relevant to the scene.”

Sam’s favourite section is ‘Above the Canopy’, where you can discover some of the city’s history simply by looking up!

“Rundle Street was formed in the 1830s, so – even though the section between King William and Pulteney Streets was only made a pedestrian mall in 1976, many of the buildings tell a much older tale. What you see above the awnings and over the storefronts is what remains of a period of grand theatres, debaucherous saloons and handcrafted manufacturing.

“I love imagining what it would’ve been like strolling around town with the lights and sounds of performances bleeding out from every second doorway, folks wearing breasted coats and brimmed hats driving Holden’s with whitewall wheels.”

Getting to know a little about the history of your own city or one you’re visiting is time well spent and Adelaide’s compact size lets you discover lots in a short time.

“I think there’s a little bit of intrigue in all of us – some desire to know the stories behind the streets we walk down, the bars we sit in, the foods we eat and the local lingo. It builds a better picture of where you are, and why it’s like it is.”

Street sounds

If music’s your jam, explore the Adelaide: UNESCO City of Music walking trail.

From the first public musical performance in 1839 to the Beatlemania that swept the city in 1964 and today’s flourishing live entertainment scene, Adelaide has a rich music history and heritage.

This trail uncovers some of the historic highlights and takes you to a few of the city’s much-loved live music venues. Find it at


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Skye Murtagh

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