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by Graeme Fanning (subscribe)
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Published October 27th 2015
Improve your prospects on Prospect Road

Prospect Road is changing. Gone are the days when it was simply a road you travelled through to get to somewhere else. It is now a bustling, eclectic mix of trendy cafes, shops, historic buildings and yet to be seen further development.

Prospect, now an inner northern suburb of Adelaide, approximately 4.7 kms north of the city centre, was established early in South Australia's history and started as a small village with the population involved in agriculture (mainly wheat), dairy farms, lime kilns and timber milling.

The name Prospect was given to the area due to the beautiful prospect the locality presented, with well-timbered gums and shady trees.

Problems with sourcing adequate water supplies and a decent road through the area were soon solved and Prospect forged ahead.

Prospect Road
St Helen's Park

Prospect Road
St Helen's House


Prospect is spoilt for choice with diverse cafes, eating houses and restaurants all offering something that little bit different.

Examples are the Viet L'Amour Restaurant, which offers unique Vietnamese flavours with anything from Won Tons to Rice Noodle Soup and duck, chicken, beef and seafood dishes.

Shankers, an Indian restaurant has been around for some years now and is well-renowned for its South Indian cuisine housed in the old Police Station complex on Prospect Road.

A new Thai restaurant, PunThai will be opening on Prospect Road very soon - in fact on 4th November and plans also are underway for a new Greek restaurant/cafe in the precinct.

Caffe Cena has been a feature of the landscape in Prospect for many years and offers great coffee as well as delicious Italian Cuisine.

For coffee and snacks, there is Cibo, Cocolat and Cotto, all within a reasonable walking distance from each other, and all with indoor and outdoor areas for that Mediterranean feel.

A growing group of boutiques, galleries and specialist shops are evident as you wander down the high street of Prospect and anything from high brow to the unusual can be sourced.


Prospect is home to several spacious parks and gardens, including St Helen's Park, home of the annual Prospect Fair which is held in March.

Opposite St Helen's Park is St Helen's House, one of the stately homes built in Prospect by James Harrington in the 1860's. Nowadays it is occupied by a design and construction business with a colourful rose garden in the front.

Prospect has also been fortunate to have hosted the annual Tour Down Under bike race held each January four times so far and after a year's gap, will again host next January.

Staging and being a part of the race route has also helped revive Prospect Road and the street party which accompanies the event has attracted up to 25,000 people.

Prospect Road
Park Mural


Prospect is also fortunate to host the weekly Prospect Farmer's market which is held each Thursday from 3 pm until 7.00 pm at the Vine Street Plaza, adjacent to the Prospect Town Hall.

The market has grown since it was established almost two years ago and 15-20 local farmers and producers sell their wares including fruit, vegetables, eggs, bread, dairy, honey, wine and ice-cream. A great place to grab fresh produce!

Prospect Road
Vine Street Plaza

Future Development

Not only are there new restaurants opening up, but there is also plans for a new cinema complex run by Palace Nova to be built and opened in 2016.

The $18 million, 4 storey complex will have a two storey underground carpark and 6 ground floor shop tenancies ideal for cafes, winebars, shops or restaurants as well as office accommodation on the top floor.

Several sites along Prospect Road have also been earmarked for residential development, for modern multi-storey townhouses.

Applications for development have been carefully considered and hopefully will blend in with the existing ambience and a good mix of the old and the new.

The media has also recently talked about the return of tramlines and trams to Adelaide, including a line back down Prospect Road as it was in the 1950's which would bring an even bigger vibe to the region.

Come on down to Prospect Road and be rapt with all that it offers!

Prospect Road
Cafe Komodo

Prospect Road

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Your Comment
Hello Graeme.Back in 1956 I use to catch the drop centre trams to the Prospect Tram Terminus at Irish Harp Road,now Regency Road,This road had very few shops and was lifeless,you might say.It is good to see the improvements in respect to shopping over the past few years.If a tram line is returned to this road,then this will encourage more visitors,looking for somewhere different to shop and dine.
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 2019 days ago
this weekend is the Prospect Community Garden Open Day from 11am to 2pm for more details refer to the website or facebook page
by sprys (score: 0|5) 2015 days ago
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