Port Adelaide is South Australia's first state heritage area and contains South Australia's most substantial and continuous group of colonial buildings, many of which were directly associated with Port Adelaide's function as the state's major port.
Port Adelaide is a working seaport 14km north west of Adelaide. The actual City of Port Adelaide is located on the port's inner harbour. The city centre is surrounded by Adelaide's western suburbs.
The Port Adelaide state heritage area includes the commercial and administrative core of early Port Adelaide. It is situated between St Vincent Street and the waterfront (North Parade), and extends from Nelson Street on the west to Jubilee Street on the east.
The Port was the principal gateway to the colony for immigrants and supplies, and developed rapidly as a shipping, transport and industrial hub. The historic government and commercial buildings are evidence of the Port's prosperity and importance during the mid and late 1800s.
The heritage precinct contains more buildings of continuous historic character than anywhere else in South Australia. This group is an excellent example of a 19th century commercial area, displaying colonial architecture that is rare in South Australia.
18 historic sites within the Port Adelaide state heritage area are also on the South Australian Heritage Register. These places include: