Why King William Street is significant

King William Street is a wide boulevard that runs through the centre of Adelaide. The leafy green trees that sway along the edges of the street contrast to the large skyscrapers of the city. It is a significant street within Adelaide, with a long history, and home to an array of prominent public buildings.

The Street was named after King William IV, by the Street Naming Committee in 1837, made up by the governor and eleven prominent colonists. It is a large continuous stretch of road, beginning in the inner south side of Adelaide, and finishes in the North. The Street is also named King William Road in some sections but is widely known as one big stretched road. The actual names of the streets that crossed over King William Street changed as no one was allowed to ‘cross the path of a monarch.’ Trams have inhabitant the street for most of its existence. Before the 1960s, King William Street’s tram lines were the major backbone of the network.

What you can do at King William Street?

  • Beehive Corner

    The beehive corner refers to the corner and building on the north-eastern corner of King William Street and Rundle Street. It is famous throughout Adelaide, dating back to 1849 when Brewer and Robertson named their draper’s shop ‘The Beehive.’ The name referring to symbolize the busy trading centre, hence the reference to bees. The shop was decorated with a beehive like a theme, in gold leaf and honey orange colour.

  • Elder Park

    Enjoy the bushland and botanical gardens of Elder Park. Located along the King William Street as well as the Karrawirra Parri River. Whether you choose to visit Elder Park for its flora and fauna, its bike and walking paths, or simply to lounge in the grass to soak up the sun, you will certainly not be disappointed.

  • St. Peter’s Cathedral

    Adelaide’s most popular cathedral, St Peter’s Cathedral is a significant historic landmark along the street of King William. Adelaide is known as the city of churches in Australia, and St. Peter’s is by far the king of them all. This Anglican church’s architecture is a European style, equipped with colourful glass stain windows and narrow roof peaks jutting above the clouds. Visit this stunning structure and join one of the free tours every Sunday and Wednesday.

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