Located in the centre of Adelaide between
Grote and Wakefield Streets and in the
middle of King William Street.
Named after England's Queen Victoria, Adelaide's central square was planned
by Colonel William Light as he sited and laid out the City of Adelaide.
Established in 1854, Victoria Square has played an important role in the civic and ceremonial history of South Australia.
The Aboriginal flag was first raised in Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga (its Aboriginal name) on the 9 July 1971 during NAIDOC
in support of land rights for Aboriginal people. This flag now flies permanently in the square alongside the Australian flag.
The Kaurna name Tarntanyangga derives from tarnt 'red kangaroo' and kanya 'rock' – with ngga a location ending in, at, on
frequently found in Kaurna place names. READ MORE HISTORY HERE >
Victoria Square was recently redeveloped between 2012 and 2014 and is now host to a diverse range of community events and activities
This exciting redevelopment adds a new focus point for visitors to Adelaide, with its new large lawned events space, promenade, safer lighting, new water feature (the kids LOVE!!), garden beds, double the number of trees, brand new state of the art public toilets, drinking fountains, bike racks and 'plug and play' infrastructure for mobile pop up activities.
in the heart of the City of Adelaide. Every day, it is a hive of activities.100 semi-mature Australian native trees, including Spotted Gums (Corymbia maculata) have been planted around the perimeter and central plaza, while the event lawn has London Plane trees (Platanus x hispanica) to provide additional shade for community activities and events. Read More >
Local residents and business people often come out to eat lunch and relax in the square. You might find people playing chess.
Or having a hit of a Totum Tennis ball and a range of other fun things.
Victoria Square's Fountain (located at the Southern end) was created by South Australian sculptor John Dowie to represent
the three rivers which supply Adelaide with water – the Murray, the Torrens and the Onkaparinga Read More >