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Urrbrae House
Waite Campus
SA 5064

Telephone: +61 8 8313 7497
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 7110

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Urrbrae House Historic Precinct

Due to continuing building restoration work, Urrbrae House currently has limited openings for visitors.  If you would like to see inside Urrbrae House please contact the Urrbrae House Co-ordinator by phoning 83137497 to make a time for your visit.  Please note that Urrbrae House will not be open for its first Sunday of the month tour on Sunday, 6 April 2014. We thank you for your understanding.


The Urrbrae House Historic Precinct is situated on the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide on land bequeathed by Peter Waite to the University in 1922, for use in part as an agricultural research and teaching facility and in part as an area for public recreation. The land has remained unsubdivided since 1839.

Today, Urrbrae House is an accredited museum with the History SA (formerly SA History Trust) ) and the Waite Historic Precinct, incorporating the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct is part of the University of Adelaide's Office for Community Engagement.


The Urrbrae House Historic Precinct incorporates:

  • Urrbrae House, was completed in 1891 as the Waite family home.
  • The House Gardens, redeveloped in the 1990s, are sympathetic to the original gardens surrounding Urrbrae House.
  • The Battery House believed to be the first purpose built domestic powerhouse in South Australia.
  • Peter Waite's Garage.
  • The Coach House, which housed the first laboratory of the Waite Agricultural Research Institute.

The Waite Historic Precinct

The Waite Historic Precinct includes the internationally renowned Waite Arboretum, Waite Conservation Reserve and the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct.

The Urrbrae House Historic Precinct and Waite Arboretum are listed on the State Heritage List and National Estate.



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Urrbrae House
Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday*
10.00 am - 4.00 pm
*with occasional closure for University activities.

Primary Schools Program

Other times by appointment

Please note: Urrbrae House is not air-conditioned and may be closed on days of high temperatures

Urrbrae House Tours

Free Guided Tours of Urrbrae House

February - November
First Sunday of the month at 2:00pm

Booked group tours may be arranged at other times. A fee applies.

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Phone: 8313 7497 or
Email: Amanda Jackson