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Riverbank & Cultural Precincts

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Adelaide Riverbank

The Riverbank is the heart of the city’s cultural, recreational, sporting and academic activities. Offering sweeping views across the River Torrens, it encompasses many of South Australia’s most meaningful and significant public spaces and landmarks.

The iconic Adelaide Oval, with its charming heritage listed scoreboard, is often screened all over the world during international test cricket matches. Adelaide Oval hosts other significant events from the sporting calendar including local and national Australian Rules football games. Equally renowned as an entertainment hotspot, the Oval has hosted some of the world’s most esteemed international acts such as the Rolling Stones, Midnight Oil and Adele.

Across the River from Adelaide Oval is Elder Park which presents a large program of major events annually. OzAsia Festival brings contemporary arts from Asia in a celebration of the Moon Lantern Festival while the park comes alive with festive cheer at the QBE Insurance Carols by Candlelight in December. Adelaide’s New Year Eve celebrations draws over 50,000 attendees to welcome in the new year.

Adjacent Elder Park is Adelaide Festival Theatre, home of the performing arts in South Australia. The Theatre’s stage regularly welcomes global productions from leading performance casts.

The nearby Adelaide Casino, located within the stunning historic Adelaide Railway Station, is currently undergoing a $330 million refurbishment. The expanded VIP gaming suites, bar and dining venues, wellness centre and luxury hotel promises to deliver a world-class entertainment experience. The upgrade will complement the recently expanded Adelaide Convention Centre. 

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Cultural Precinct

Culturally-significant institutions and stately trees line North Terrace, Adelaide’s cultural boulevard. The Art Gallery of South Australia houses the second largest State art collection in the country, while the South Australian Museum has been showcasing collections of national and international importance for over 150 years.

The State Library of South Australia has long been a haven of knowledge and discovery for the community. Its Mortlock Wing has amassed an international following and is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful libraries of the world.  Government House and Old and New Parliament House on North Terrace are remarkable in architectural design and social and political importance to the State. 

Lot Fourteen, at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital, is in the throes of development to be Australia’s first creation and innovation neighbourhood. The seven-hectare site is emerging as the nation’s leading entrepreneurial ecosystem, connecting start-ups, researchers, mentors and investors across the world’s fastest growing sectors. The Australian Space Agency is preparing to join other global-leading companies such as Chamonix, Myriota and Defence Landing Pad at the site.

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