Adelaide audio tour: Adelaide: A Queer History Tour

Adelaide: A Queer History Tour

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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2.4mi

About the Tour

This one-hour walking tour takes you on a journey through Adelaide's queer identity from wartime until today. You’ll discover how the gay rights movement was sparked by the death of George Duncan, and hear about the ups and downs that eventually led to widespread queer acceptance and reform in South Australia. Adelaide played a crucial role in creating the social freedoms enjoyed in Australian society today, and this walking tour aims to share that history with you.

We’ll follow most of Adelaide’s Pride March route, with local tour guide, Katina, revealing the stories of past, present, and emerging queer icons like Sia, Don Dunstan and Ian Purcell along the way. She’ll also show you the city’s hot or historic queer nightclubs as you walk. Adelaide's queer history is mysterious, intriguing, and tragic – but ultimately hopeful, as we move further forward into a progressive 21st century.

Tour Producer

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Katina Vangopoulos

Hi! I'm Katina, a born-and-raised Adelaide local. Having worked as a tour guide across 20+ countries in Europe for Topdeck Travel, I returned to Adelaide to create my business Flamboyance Tours. My walking tours specialise in all things Adelaide, and I can't wait to walk with you across the city!

Major Landmarks

  • Adelaide Pride Walk

  • George Duncan memorial

  • Art Gallery of South Australia

Directions to Starting Point

Your starting point is the George Duncan memorial along Victoria Drive, which is behind the University of Adelaide.

Begin by opening the tour on the Voicemap app, press start and then click "Get Directions". This will open your phone's preferred map system with directions to the memorial. On public transport, the closest option is the Botanic Gardens tram line, where you get off at University stop. From there you can walk down Kintore Avenue and turn right into Victoria Drive, or cut through any of the entry points into the university, and you'll likely come out on the other side right near it.

Look out for a black information sign within a flower bed close to a gravel path leading down to the River Torrens, right by the University Bridge. That's part of the memorial and where we'll start.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

The Migration Museum, Centre of Democracy and Art Gallery of South Australia are mentioned as we walk through the North Terrace Cultural Precinct, and are all worth a visit in their own right. The shop Perch by Bluey Boronia in Topham Mall, and the Adelaide Pride Walk feature, are also pause-worthy.

Best time of day

Any time during the day is suitable for this tour, but please remember to dress appropriate to the forecast weather conditions.

Precautions

Sunscreen and water are important to bring with you, particularly in the hot summer months. Please also note that there are stairs and a slight uphill walk in the first section of the tour, but from then it's mostly very flat.

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