When a 1800 feet (550-meter) stretch of one of Adelaide’s main streets was closed off to cars in 1976, it created more than just a premier shopping precinct. It fused a century of history with contemporary cosmopolitan entertainment, making Rundle Mall the heart of the city.
Some of the best retail stores in Adelaide line this busy pedestrian mall. Australia’s flagship department stores, Myer and David Jones, are joined by many boutique retailers. Rundle Mall offers the range and prices of a suburban shopping center with all the style and flair that comes with its CBD location.
Rundle Mall offers attractions that extend beyond shopping. The mall brings together a series of historic arcades. The Italian-styled Adelaide Arcade is the rumored home of six ghosts, while the Regent Arcade is housed inside the old Regent Theater building. The area is rich with history; the best way to see it is on the Rundle Mall Discovery Trail. Pick up a brochure on this self-guided tour at the Visitor Information Center in the middle of the mall or download it from the Rundle Mall website.
Don’t be startled if you see pigs rummaging through a garbage bin in this urban center. The Adelaide City Council commissioned Marguerite Derricourt to create these life-sized bronze sculptures in 1999. A competition to name the four pigs christened them as Truffles, Oliver, Augusta and Horatio. The mall is home to other public art displays, including Bert Flugelman’s The Spheres, known by locals as the “Mall’s Balls.” Stick around after the sun goes down to see the Rundle Lantern light up nine stories of the city parking lot in a spectacular light show.
After exploring the shops and arcades, rest your feet at one of Rundle Mall’s many open-air dining establishments and enjoy some people-watching. Rundle Mall is a hot spot for street performers, with four or five usually present in the mall at any one time.
Rundle Mall is open daily, however, retail hours differ among the vendors and restaurants.
Located in the city center of Adelaide, this luxury hotel is near the airport and steps from Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Convention Centre, and Parliament House. Also nearby are Adelaide Festival Centre and Government House.
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rundle Mall, South Australian Museum, and Rymill Park. Adelaide Oval is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rundle Mall, University of Adelaide, and Art Gallery of South Australia. Victoria Square and Government House are also within 15 minutes.
Almost at the geographic centre of Adelaide's central business district, this hotel is a short walk from restaurants, 700 metres from the Adelaide Convention Centre, and less than 500 metres from Rundle Street Mall.
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Government House and Adelaide Festival Centre. Rundle Mall and Art Gallery of South Australia are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beehive Corner Building, Adelaide Festival Centre, and Rundle Mall. Government House and Victoria Square are also within 10 minutes.
Overlooking Victoria Square and close to Adelaide's business, theatre, and dining districts, Hilton Adelaide is located next to the Adelaide Central Market - the largest fresh food and gourmet produce market in the Southern Hemisphere.
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Beehive Corner Building, Rundle Mall, and Government House. Adelaide Festival Centre and Victoria Square are also within 10 minutes.