South Australia
GawlerLittered with fabulous walks that reveal the historic importance of this early inland settlement, visiting Gawler is like stepping back in time.
The oldest country town in the state, Gawler is just 43 kilometres north of Adelaide and is on the main metropolitan train line. Planned by Colonel William Light at the junction of the North and South Para Rivers, the picturesque town is renowned for its magnificent architecture, wrought iron, Church Hill State Heritage Area, and its 10 historic hotels. Gawler is a regional service centre with modern shopping complexes, boutique retail outlets, commercial services and great dining. The beautiful and manicured parklands are perfect for family outings. Gawler has an established night life with many of the pubs hosting some of Adelaide’s finest live bands. Gawler has several markets as well as hosting a range of community through to major events throughout the year.
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Stroll the historic Main Street of Gawler
Take a self-guided walking tour along Gawler's historic Main Street and learn the fascinating history of the area. Gawler's Historic Main Street reflects colonel William Lights vision; to create a settlement that could prosper on the banks of the north and south Para Rivers, bounded by rolling hills and within close proximity to Adelaide. Today you can witness the remarkable eras from the historical buildings that line Gawler's Main Street. The attractive setting, coupled with major roles in the mining and agricultural booms of the 1860s, 70s and 80s saw Gawler blossom into a town of broad streets, peaceful parklands and distinctive architecture. As the walk unfolds you will gain an appreciation of the achievements that our ancestors accomplished in times of challenging environmental and social harshness. Maps and information for the self-guided tour can be collected from the Gawler Visitor Information Centre between 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday or 10 am to 4 pm Saturdays and 10 am-2 pm Sundays and Public Holidays. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
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