Start your festival fun in Gawler Place

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Posted on 28 Feb 2020

Shop, stop, stay or play: whatever your city plans, the best place to start is in the heart of Rundle Mall – Gawler Place.

Fresh from a total transformation as part of the City of Adelaide's Gawler Place upgrade - the new look northern end of Gawler Place – just off Rundle Mall between H&M and Hype DC – is once again easily accessible, however you’re travelling. Bus stops are located just around the corner along North Terrace, the Adelaide Train Station is only a short stroll or free tram ride away and UPark Gawler Place is open every day until midnight.

This revitalised stretch of Gawler Place also sports new dining areas and seating spots under an innovative shade structure incorporating plants and public art! It’s the perfect spot here to sit down and take a moment or two to finetune your city plans.

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If entertainment is top of your agenda, Gawler Place is the logical launching pad for a city visit. As well as being central to the eclectic energy of the East End’s Adelaide Fringe activity and all the colour and culture of the Adelaide Festival in the city’s west – it’s the site of a number of brilliant festivities of its own right now.

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L-R: Adelaide Festival Artistic Directors Rachel Healy and Neil Armfield inside A Doll's House in rundle mall.

Until Sunday 15 March, Gawler Place is home to a house of its very own. The Adelaide Festival’s 60th birthday present to the city, A Doll’s House is a life-sized, three storeyed piece of immersive public art that has its doors open for everyone’s delight and discovery. The creation of visionary Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, A Doll’s House is a toy made for adults and children alike and a ‘free’ must see through the 2020 Adelaide Festival season.

If you need a fast refreshment fix either before or after your visit, step on into The Yard pop-up right next door to A Doll’s House.  Open from Wednesday to Sunday during the Adelaide Festival, here you can find sensational spider-cocktails from Archie Rose Distilling Co., mouth-watering gelati from Gelato Messina and flippin' fabulous Filipino street food thanks to HOY PINOY.

Of course, being in the heart of Rundle Mall food foragers are spoilt for choice year round and seven days a week, with options in every direction, as well as down speciality arcades including Adelaide and Regent Arcades, and in the Mall’s multiple food halls.

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For a further culture fix, Gawler Place is mere minutes from both the Adelaide Festivals’ spiritual home in the Adelaide Festival Centre where an incredible array of events are on offer throughout its special diamond anniversary program. The Art Gallery of SA is even closer. Always a terrific trip any time of the year, until 8 June 2020 this cultural hub is hosting the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres. Free to explore, this is the nation’s longest-running curated survey of contemporary Australian art.

Fringe bound? Beat the queues further east and purchase or pick up your tickets just east of Gawler Place north at The Fringe Box Office and Information Booth outside Kmart.

Adelaide fringe box office in rundle mall
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If you prefer retail therapy over art therapy - again, you’re in luck if Gawler Place is your starting point. At your fingertips are some of Rundle Mall’s most popular destinations including fashion favourite H&M, Hype’s flagship store, Dr Martens, Oroton, R.M. Williams, Crumpler and Nespresso. You’re also just a hop and a skip to city exclusives like make-up magnet Sephora, the Apple Store and Tiffany & Co. – with DJ’s and Myer easy strolls in either direction.

Apple store in rundle mall
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So, what are you waiting for? Get festive and get to Gawler Place today


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