Victoria Square is actually a rectangle—a cheeky point of geometric contention amongst the locals who sprawl on its grass. Every day, particularly around lunchtime, you can find office workers enjoying an outdoor lunch on a shaded table or bench, or families playing with young children around the famous three-spouted fountain.
More than just a public square, however, Victoria Square is where the Adelaide community gathers for outdoor events. Enjoy outdoor yoga classes and community vegetable gardens or evening concerts in the park, and since the square is within walking distance of notable sights such as the teeming Central Market, it’s always a flurry of pedestrian activity and is unbeatable for its energy and people watching. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the ground where the modern day square is built was a traditional Aboriginal gathering place, and cultural groups still assemble today to partake in ceremony and song. The square is also known as Tarntanyangga—a Kaurna name that loosely translates to “Dreaming Place of the Red Kangaroo”—and an Aboriginal flag now flies above the grounds as a reminder of its cultural past.
It’s easy to reach Victoria Square from everywhere in the Adelaide City Center. The Glenelg Tram runs right past the park, and the cycling paths within the square make it a great destination for biking.