Urrbrae House is an immaculately restored, two-storey bluestone mansion that was completed in 1891 as the home of pastoralist and University of Adelaide benefactor Peter Waite, his wife Matilda, and their family.
Urrbrae House was the Waite family home until 1922. It was gifted to the University of Adelaide in 1923 and heralded the establishment of the Waite Agricultural Research Institute and public arboretum.
Urrbrae House was the first private home in South Australia to use electricity and the first in Australia to have a refrigeration plant.
On this guided tour of Urrbrae House, you'll get detailed information and learn about some of its interesting and unique features. You might then like to wander and enjoy the beautiful thematic gardens surrounding the house and then head out to the Waite Arboretum nearby. The tour is proudly presented by the University of Adelaide staff and volunteers.
Urrbrae House is now an accredited working museum and a truly historic and cultural jewel of the University of Adelaide's Waite Campus. The home has been maintained in its original state, meaning that access to the lower level of the building is via stairs only. There is still, however, plenty to see and enjoy on the top floor like the Main hall, drawing room, Peter Waite exhibition room, and more. Wheelchair access is from the eastern glass door and accessible parking is through gate 3 off Waite Road. Other free parking is available in the Urrbrae House carpark on Walter Young Avenue, Urrbrae.
Enjoy a unique part of South Australian history this autumn (for free!) and join the University of Adelaide on these guided tours of the heart of the Waite Agricultural Research Institute.