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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
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Published March 13th 2013
Is the building leaning or is it me?
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The Railway Hotel, Founded 1858


When I do a walking tour of Port Adelaide with my eyes in the sky (looking above shop canopies), I often think that the Port contains more people visiting Adelaide than residents.

Of course the Port Mall and Port Canal shops abound with people trudging their trollies to their transport.

But around the marvellous heritage buildings, frozen in time with their quirky architecture, I seem to hear more foreign accents than English some days.

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Alfresco On the River Bank, the Birkenhead Tavern


Walks in the Port area can be tiring - every time I turn a corner I want to explore more side streets for hidden hints of history.

Fortunately the Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre has come up with a rather appropriate solution - the Port Adelaide Heritage Pub Trail.

Now far be it for me to lure the upright and temperate tourist to turn to a life ravaged by alcohol. For the Port's pubs also provide very tasty sustenance in the form of meals and snacks, so nobody should feel the need to drink alcohol unless are so inclined.

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The First Commercial Inn


At least we can be thankful that licensing laws have moved on since 1839, when publicans when required to provide for:
..a traveller and his horse, or a traveller without a horse, the horse of a traveller not becoming a guest of the house ..or any corpse which may be brought to his public house for the purpose of a Coroner's inquest.

The Port Adelaide Heritage Pub Trail guide is one of about twelve free walking tours brochures that are available from the Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre. Many can't be downloaded due to the document's size or shape, but you can find the Heritage Pub Trail guide here.

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The Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre


Sadly the list is a lot shorter than it would have been ten or twenty years ago, but the ten pubs on the list will probably be enough to satisfy even the most demanding dipsomaniac.

So you can now legitimately wander around the pubs as much as you like, without grounds for your partner to complain that you never go anywhere without having a drink. You can roll your eyes, point to the potted pub histories in the brochure, and truthfully say that you are hunting ghosts.

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Inside the Lighthouse Hotel


If you do see any of the pubs' resident ghosts, please report them here.

Any unlucky ghost hunters could also try looking on this island, as it is not far away. And given the sad background of Estcourt House, some claim that it was haunted too.

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The Lighthouse Inn


On Port Adelaide walks to heritage pubs I think it unlikely that you will see anything of the paranormal without the aid of liquid spirits, but it is definitely one of the fun things to do in Adelaide.

Let us know of any unusual discoveries that you make in the comments.
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