Culture and History Free Walking Tour
Tuesdays and Thursdays
2 hours approximately
16 Bank Street, Adelaide
Rundle Street (East End of the CBD)
This free walking tour of approximately 2 hours, start at 16 Bank Street, Adelaide at 10:00 AM, where you see the blue umbrella. During the tour you will delve into the unique culture and history of Adelaide. In addition to having a strong emphasis on modern Adelaide and its people, as well as the history of Adelaide and South Australia, the only capital city and state that was not colonized by convicts. In the middle of the walk you will have 15 minutes of recess.
After having walked through the streets of Adelaide you will finish the tour in Rundle Street (East End of the CBD).
Tour Tickets (may vary by date)
Frequently Asked Questions
Who comes on the tours?
Many people assume that only backpackers come on free walking tours. This is not the case. These tours are for everyone no matter how you travel, where you are from, how old your are, what type of budget you have etc.
Who runs the tours?
Tours Around Adelaide is run by Ryan, a local from Adelaide. Ryan manages the business whilst also tour guiding. Tours Around Adelaide also contracts freelance tour guides for the free walking tours and employs some of Adelaide's best tour guides for the paid walking tours. We are a small team dedicated to providing some of the best tours in Adelaide. Learn more about us here.
Why are there limited spaces for the free walking tours?
The main reason for limiting the spaces for the free walking tours is to ensure enjoyment for both participants and guides. If you are coming on a free walking tour of Adelaide, chances are that you have been on another free walking tour somewhere else in the world. As you may have seen, many other tours have group sizes of 35+ people as it is hard to determine how many people will come on any given day. By limiting the spaces and requiring everyone to book in, we can make sure that there is a good guide to participant ratio so everyone can hear and have a good time.
What should I wear/bring on the tours?
We recommend wearing comfortable footwear, appropriate for a 4km walk in the city. We also recommend bringing things appropriate to the weather i.e. A hat, sunscreen, long sleeve shirt and sunglasses when its hot and sunny and rain jackets or umbrellas when it is rainy. It is also a good idea to bring a water bottle.
How long are the tours?
The Free Walking Tours run for about 2.5 hours, the Street Art Tours for 2 hours.
Are tours ever cancelled?
Some walking tours run "rain, hail or shine". We, however, do cancel when there is bad weather. Safety is our number one priority and weather conditions can jeopardise the safety of both participants and guides.
The tours are cancelled if:
- The weather is forecast to be 40 degrees or more
- It is forecast for thunder and lightening storms
- It is going to hail
- There will be extremely strong winds and/or rain
- Any other reason deemed appropriate by the tour guide/management
Tours Around Adelaide will check the Bureau of Meteorology regularly and advise all participants who are booked in if a tour is cancelled. Cancellations may happen up to an hour before the scheduled start of the tour.
How will I identify the guide at the meeting point?
The guide will be holding a Blue umbrella.
Are tours offered on public holidays?
Only some tours are run on some public holidays. Go to book a tour and check if your desired date is available. If it is not, then unfortunately the tours won't run on that day. Some tours only allow participants to register 2 months in advance. If want to check if a tour is running more than two months in the future, please email email@example.com
What is a free tour and how is it free?
Free walking tours started in Berlin in 2005 when a man called Chris Sandeman, an out of work tour guide, needed to make money. Instead of charging people up front for his tours, he invited them to come along for free and only pay what they thought the tour was worth at the end of the tour. Free tours now operate in over 100 cities in the world and is the tour of choice for many different types of travellers.
Are there minimum and maximum number of people allowed on the tours?
Firstly, there are no minimums for any of our tours. We do however have maximums. For the paid walking tours, we have maximums of 15 for each tour. For the free walking tours, we try our best to keep tours under 25 people. In rare cases, there will be more on the tours due to tour guide availability, unforeseen circumstances etc.
What will I see on the free walking tours?
As each tour guide will have their own individual tour that they run, we cannot tell you exactly what you will see, as a general guide, please check the 'highlights' part on the free walking tour page. We can tell you that you will see the best part of Adelaide on our tours.