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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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Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide NT$2,012
Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

65 Hindley Street, Adelaide, SA
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Beehive Corner Building and Adelaide Casino. Rundle Mall and Adelaide Festival Centre are also within 10 minutes. Adelaide Station is only a 3-minute walk and Pirie Street Tram Station is 6 minutes.

    ibis Adelaide NT$1,952
    ibis Adelaide

    ibis Adelaide

    122 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rundle Mall, Art Gallery of South Australia, and Victoria Square. Government House and University of Adelaide are also within 10 minutes. Pirie Street Tram Station is 7 minutes by foot and Adelaide Station is 11 minutes.

      Pullman Adelaide NT$2,595
      Pullman Adelaide

      Pullman Adelaide

      16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide, SA
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rundle Mall, South Australian Museum, and Rymill Park. Adelaide Oval is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. Pirie Street Tram Station is 10 minutes by foot and Adelaide Station is 12 minutes.

        Stamford Plaza Adelaide NT$2,406
        Stamford Plaza Adelaide

        Stamford Plaza Adelaide

        150 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Government House and Adelaide Festival Centre. Rundle Mall and Art Gallery of South Australia are also within 10 minutes. Adelaide Station is only a 2-minute walk and Pirie Street Tram Station is 6 minutes.

          Peppers Waymouth Hotel NT$2,822
          Peppers Waymouth Hotel

          Peppers Waymouth Hotel

          55 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, SA
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Adelaide Town Hall and Victoria Square. Adelaide Central Market and Rundle Mall are also within 10 minutes. Pirie Street Tram Station is only a 3-minute walk and Adelaide Station is 6 minutes.

            Hilton Adelaide NT$2,496
            Hilton Adelaide

            Hilton Adelaide

            233 Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Adelaide Central Market and Victoria Square. Rundle Mall and Government House are also within 15 minutes. Pirie Street Tram Station is only a 5-minute walk and Adelaide Station is 12 minutes.

              Mantra Hindmarsh Square NT$2,633
              Mantra Hindmarsh Square

              Mantra Hindmarsh Square

              55 - 67 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide, SA
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of East End Cafe Precinct, Rundle Mall, and Art Gallery of South Australia. Victoria Square and University of Adelaide are also within 10 minutes. Pirie Street Tram Station is 7 minutes by foot and Adelaide Station is 12 minutes.

                InterContinental Adelaide NT$2,274
                InterContinental Adelaide

                InterContinental Adelaide

                North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Adelaide Casino, Parliament House, and Adelaide Convention Centre. Adelaide Festival Centre and Government House are also within 5 minutes. Adelaide Station is only a 2-minute walk and Pirie Street Tram Station is 8 minutes.