Adelaide's Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Adelaide

Adelaide, the fifth largest city in Australia, has a strong British influence. It is a magnet for many cultures and nationalities. The following tour will help you discover Adelaide’s rich culture.
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Adelaide's Cultural Venues Map

Guide Name: Adelaide's Cultural Venues
Guide Location: Australia » Adelaide (See other walking tours in Adelaide)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: Jane
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • National Wine Making Centre
  • Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
  • Adelaide Elder Conservatory of Music
  • South Australia Art Gallery
  • South Australian Museum
  • National War Memorial
  • Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Adelaide Oval
National Wine Making Centre

1) National Wine Making Centre (must see)

The National Wine Centre is a public exhibition building about winemaking and its industry in South Australia. It contains an interactive permanent exhibition of winemaking, introducing visitors to the technology, varieties and styles of wine and a wine tasting area, giving visitors the opportunity to taste and compare wines from different areas of Australia.

The building is designed and uses building materials to reflect items used in making wine. The external of the building looks like a section of a wine barrel. Outside the building are rows of grapevines, showing seven different varieties of grapes to curious visitors.

Opening hours: Monday — Sunday: 9 am — 5 pm

Tour and Tastings: 10 am — 5 pm

Free Daily Tours: 11:30 am
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

2) Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute (must see)

The Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, usually referred to simply as Tandanya, is an art museum that specializes in promoting Indigenous Australian art, including visual art, music and storytelling. The institute derives its name from "Tarndanya", the Kaurna Aboriginal people's name for the Adelaide Plains area, meaning "place of the Red Kangaroo". Established in 1989, it is the oldest Aboriginal-owned and run cultural center in Australia.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Adelaide Elder Conservatory of Music

3) Adelaide Elder Conservatory of Music

The Elder Conservatory of Music, also known as "The Con", is Australia's senior academy of music, named in honor of its benefactor, Sir Thomas Elder. Dating back to 1883, it has a distinguished history in the intensive professional training for musical performance, musical composition, research in all fields of music, and comprehensive music education. The Elder Conservatory of Music and its forerunners have been integral parts of the University of Adelaide since the early 1880s.

Principal areas of study and specialization include Classical performance, Jazz performance, Composition, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Music Education, and Music Technology. The Elder Music Library is the largest music library in the Southern Hemisphere, containing just under 30,000 books, over 5400 journal volumes, over 120,000 music scores and around 22,000 sound recordings.
Sight description based on wikipedia
South Australia Art Gallery

4) South Australia Art Gallery (must see)

The Art Gallery of South Australia is the premier visual arts museum in the Australian state of South Australia. It has a collection of over 35,000 works of art, making it, after the National Gallery of Victoria, the largest state art collection in Australia.

Part of Adelaide's North Terrace cultural precinct, the gallery has more than 510,000 visitors annually. The gallery was established in 1881 and opened in two rooms of the public library by Prince Albert Victor and Prince George, later George V of Great Britain. Its present building dates from 1900 and was extended in 1936 and 1962. Subsequent renovations and a significant extension of the building which opened in 1996 added contemporary display space without compromising the interior of the original Victorian building.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
South Australian Museum

5) South Australian Museum (must see)

The South Australian Museum is a natural history museum and research institution founded in 1856. It occupies a complex of buildings on North Terrace in the cultural precinct of the Adelaide Parklands. The museum contains the largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural artifacts in the world. Some of the museum's permanent galleries include the Ancient Egyptian Room, Fossils Gallery, Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, Mawson Gallery and Minerals, Meteorites Gallery and others.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
National War Memorial

6) National War Memorial

The National War Memorial is a monument commemorating those who served in the First World War. Opened in 1931, the memorial is located in the heart of the central business district. The memorial was funded by the Parliament of South Australia, making it the first Australian state war memorial to be confirmed after the war.

The National War Memorial in South Australia became the fourth state World War I memorial to be opened when it was unveiled in 1931. Although the National War Memorial was initially proposed as a memorial to those who served in "The Great War", the site has since grown to incorporate a number of smaller memorials. The monument has two sides, referred to by the architects as the reverse and the obverse of the work; these two aspects represent the prologue and the epilogue of war.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Adelaide Festival Centre

7) Adelaide Festival Centre

The Adelaide Festival Centre, Australia's first multi-purpose arts centre, was built in 1973 and opened three months before the Sydney Opera House. It is distinguished by its three silvery-white geometric dome roofs and its plaza consisting of lego block-like structures to the south and lies on a 45-degree angle to the city's grid. The Adelaide Festival Centre is the home of South Australia's performing arts.

The Festival Centre Plaza also serves as host to an outdoor collection of sculpture, including the prominent stainless steel Environmental Sculpture by Bert Flugelman. As well as the Festival of Arts, the Centre hosts the annual Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June and OzAsia Festival in September, and the biennial Adelaide International Guitar Festival.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Adelaide Oval

8) Adelaide Oval (must see)

The Adelaide Oval is a sports ground in Adelaide located in the parklands between the city centre and North Adelaide. In the 21st Century it has been home to the cricket teams, the South Australian Redbacks and the Adelaide Strikers.

With a sitting capacity of 36,000, the ground is mostly used for cricket and Australian rules football, but plays host to other sports such as Rugby League and Soccer. Adelaide Oval has hosted major concerts during its time, with some of the most famous acts including Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, KISS, Madonna & Paul McCartney , Michael Jackson, , Pearl Jam, AC/DC and others. The oval has a rich history which dates back to 1871, shortly after the formation of the SACA, and is considered to be "one of the most picturesque Test cricket grounds in Australia, if not the world."
Sight description based on wikipedia

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