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University of Adelaide

Wander the halls, gardens and boulevards of one of Australia’s oldest universities and find plenty of fascinating stories on your educational visit.

Explore the University of Adelaide and its main campus, which contains many of Adelaide’s most beloved historic buildings. Stretching from North Terrace up to the River Torrens, the spacious university grounds are an interesting place to visit for historical landmarks and the buzz of the institution’s research and learning.

The University of Adelaide is among the prestigious universities in Australia known as the “sandstone universities”, owing to the institutions’ long establishment and classic architecture.

Take a tour of the heritage buildings of the university at your own pace, with the help of the self-guided tour brochure. These can be obtained online or at the head office. Stroll along wide paths that lead through gardens of native flowers between stately castle-like buildings. The Barr Smith Library’s neoclassical architecture features red brick, tall columns and large windows, and has a serene reading room inside. Students gather to study and sunbathe on the adjacent lawns. The gothic Elder Hall resembles a cathedral and hosts over 40 concerts a year, including regular lunchtime shows on Fridays. Look for the archways of the University Cloisters crossing the lawns or check out the historic Mitchell Building and Bonython Hall.

Learn about the institution, which was established in 1874. The University of Adelaide was a pioneering institution in the fledgling Australian nation. It was the first university in Australia to grant science degrees and admit female students. It has produced many notable graduates, including Howard Florey, who is known for developing penicillin as a medicine.

Find bars and cafés with affordably priced menus scattered throughout the University of Adelaide. Car parks, bus stops and bicycle racks are conveniently placed throughout the campus. You can go online and download a map ahead of your visit. The Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, the National War Memorial (South Australia) and the State Library are all clustered here, too.


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Pullman Adelaide AU$103
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Pullman Adelaide

16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide
     
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    Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rundle Mall and South Australian Museum. Rymill Park and Adelaide Oval are also within 1 mi (2 km). Adelaide Station is 13 minutes by foot.

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    Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

    65 Hindley Street, Adelaide
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 2,691 reviews
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      Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adelaide Casino, Rundle Mall, and Adelaide Festival Centre. Government House and Victoria Square are also within 10 minutes. Adelaide Station is only a 3-minute walk and Adelaide Mile End Station is 23 minutes.

      ibis Adelaide AU$90
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      ibis Adelaide

      122 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 1,651 reviews
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        Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rundle Mall, Art Gallery of South Australia, and University of Adelaide. Victoria Square and Government House are also within 15 minutes. Adelaide Station is 11 minutes by foot.

        InterContinental Adelaide AU$131
        InterContinental Adelaide

        InterContinental Adelaide

        North Terrace, Adelaide
           
          4.6
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          Located in the city center of Adelaide, this luxury hotel is near the airport and steps from Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Convention Centre, and Parliament House. Also nearby are Adelaide Festival Centre and Government House.

          Peppers Waymouth Hotel AU$135
          Peppers Waymouth Hotel

          Peppers Waymouth Hotel

          55 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
             
            4.6
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            Almost at the geographic centre of Adelaide's central business district, this hotel is a short walk from restaurants, 700 metres from the Adelaide Convention Centre, and less than 500 metres from Rundle Street Mall.

            Adelaide Rockford AU$105
            Adelaide Rockford

            Adelaide Rockford

            164 Hindley Street, Adelaide
               
              4.3
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              Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Casino. Rundle Mall and Adelaide Festival Centre are also within 15 minutes. Adelaide Station is 8 minutes by foot and Adelaide Mile End Station is 19 minutes.

              Stamford Plaza Adelaide AU$126
              Stamford Plaza Adelaide

              Stamford Plaza Adelaide

              150 North Terrace, Adelaide
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 1,724 reviews
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                Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Government House, Rundle Mall, and Adelaide Festival Centre. Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide Oval are also within 10 minutes. Adelaide Station is only a 2-minute walk and Adelaide Mile End Station is 27 minutes.

                Mantra Hindmarsh Square AU$117
                Mantra Hindmarsh Square

                Mantra Hindmarsh Square

                55 - 67 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide
                   
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                  Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rundle Mall, Art Gallery of South Australia, and University of Adelaide. Victoria Square and Government House are also within 15 minutes. Adelaide Station is 13 minutes by foot.