Viewing Adelaide from Colonel Light’s Lookout

Set on a hill overlooking Adelaide, Colonel Light’s lookout harks back to the fascinating history of the region. The lookout, which can be found on Montefiore Hill, was named after Colonel William Light, who was the founding father of Adelaide and, in summer of 1837, he was chosen to select and survey the site for the city.

In memory of Colonel Light and the part he played in Adelaide’s history, a life-size statue of him now stands proud at the top of the hill having been moved from its original location in Victoria Square. It was moved back in 1938 to create “Light’s Vision”, as it’s thought the statue sits in the spot where he looked out over the city and began planning its construction.

Today, the lookout and surrounding hillside is a popular hotspot for visitors to go and learn about the history of the city while gazing out at the spectacular views of Adelaide below. Dotted around, there are grassy spots perfect for kicking back and relaxing on and soaking up the peaceful surroundings.

The History of Light’s Lookout on Montefiore Hill

Developed as part of the 1936 centenary celebrations, Montefiore Hill soon become a popular spot for visitors to go to see the whole of the city unfold beneath them. The project involved levelling the top of the hill, forming a pretty garden, and putting together a balustrade.

The lookout was made to honour the pioneers of the city, and it wasn’t until 1938 that surgeon Sir Henry Newland put forward the idea of expanding the hillside area and moving the statue of Colonel Light to the lookout spot from its original home of Victoria Square.

The idea was to move it in time for the centenary of the Colonel’s death in October 1939 and rename the area Light’s Vision in honour of him and his input in the city.

However, most of Newland’s plan was rejected by the council, but they did accept the idea of changing the area’s name and relocating Colonel Light’s statue. When it finally moved, it became the key focal point of the area and dominated the charming garden lookout.

In 2013, a redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval has somewhat obscured Light’s (and visitor’s) view of the city below, causing some controversy. The statue still stands there looking out over Adelaide and pointing at the city below.

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