Port Canal 200 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide

Retailers Office Suites GLA MAT August 2017
35 19,079sqm Over $90 million

Port Canal Shopping Centre is a sub-regional shopping centre located approximately 11kms northwest of the Adelaide CBD, within the heart of one of Adelaide’s oldest historical ports, Port Adelaide. It is a unique shopping centre positioned to meet the everyday needs of its community in an area rich in history, culture and opportunity.

The Centre is located on Commercial Road and is a 5 minute walk from the Port River. It is surrounded by historic landmarks and buildings and with a solid residential base, the Centre provides everyday services to a growing population of over 75,000 residents (which is expected to grow to 86,000 by 2026) and over 7,000 businesses.

Consisting of Coles, Kmart, Rite Price Supermarket, over 35 specialty stores and 1,104 car spaces, Port Canal has a GLA of 19,079sqm and is a convenience-based Centre offering an excellent range of services and specialty stores including: Liquorland, National Pharmacies, The Reject Shop, Helloworld Travel, Australia Post, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank and People's Choice Credit Union.

The Centre is adjacent to the railway station and to Customs House, a 5,486sqm office building with tenants such as Australian Customs & Border Protection, The Australian Maritime Safety Authority and MatchWorks.

Significant residential development has taken place in Port Adelaide, including the Newport Quays development which provides 2,000 dwellings, accommodating over 4,000 residents. Further proposed residential developments in the Port Adelaide area will ensure continued growth and revitalisation over the coming years.


A new era was launched for historic Port Adelaide with the grand opening of the $9m dollar Super K Mart on 22nd November 1986, making it South Australia’s first hypermarket. The store provided more than 200 new jobs in Port Adelaide and created an interest in the region which had been missing since the heavy ships “moved out”.

The Super K Mart was the biggest retail development on the Old Port Canal Site, however, the $23 million Canal project also included a mall with some interesting smaller retailers.

Port Adelaide is an historic area which was central to the colonization of South Australia dating right back to its inception in 1836 when Colonel William Light first sailed up the Port River. Port Adelaide has been the gateway to trade and commerce in South Australia and the first contact with South Australia for thousands of emigrants when they arrived by ship.

While its unique relationship to Adelaide and the rest of South Australia is apparent, Port Adelaide developed as a distinct town with a character and history of its own. In 1982 the historic centre was the first State Heritage Area to be declared.

The present location of the port was not the first. South Australia’s founder Colonel William Light surveyed the area and placed the port where Old Port Road met the Port River, at the place that became known as Port Misery. Despite Light’s vision, the site proved unsuitable and in 1840, after two years of preparation work by the South Australian Company, the port was moved downstream to its present location. The original location now lies in the area that has been reclaimed as West Lakes.

Key Retailers

Coles, Kmart, Liquorland, Rite Price Supermarket, Reject Shop, National Pharmacies and Australia Post

Port Canal