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Visiting the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA?

Dear Visitor,

The following useful tips are provided to assist with your intended visit or stay in Adelaide

Relocating to Adelaide?

Adelaide is one of the few cosmopolitan cities where you can combine a rewarding career, enjoy quality time with family and friends, and have an affordable lifestyle. Adelaide has ranked 5th as the world's top 10 liveable cities (Economist Intelligence Unit's Liveability Survey 2014) three years in a row. It is a 20-30 minute journey from the City to major hot spots, such as Adelaide's wine region, the airport, great beaches, and the Adelaide Hills.

Adelaide is a city designed for convenience, having the advantages of a large city without the hustle and bustle. With an excellent public transport system, low cost of living, a clean and green environment, and good career opportunities in industries, such as: healthcare, engineering, wine, bioscience, medical research, and hospitality, Adelaide ranks high as the choice for City living.

The excellent lifestyle in Adelaide is driven by its vibrant food and wine culture, in fact, The Adelaide Hills has been highlighted as the Sauvignon Blanc capital of Australia and the Mediterranean climate guarantees plenty of outdoor cafes and entertainment.

Adelaide also hosts one of Australia's leading universities, The University of Adelaide (Group of 8) ensuring that Australian universities are recognised as among the best in the world. Read about the Government's South Australian Science Action Plan here.

Read South Australia's economic overview.

Entry to Australia and VISAs

Travellers to Australia need a valid passport or similar certificate of identification. Everyone, except travellers with Australian or New Zealand passports, requires a visa. Visit the Department of Immigration & Citizenship for information on tourist visas, working holidays, business visits, and other useful contacts.

VISA applications for short-term training or research visits require paperwork by our Institution and the visitor and is quite a lengthy process. The process requires both the visitor and the sponsor institution to pay for nomination and visa fees.

Visa Options for visiting students and or sponsored training are:

  • Occupational Trainees (subclass 402) - this visa allows visitors to undertake workplace-based training on a temporary basis, including tertiary studies or fields of expertise. Since 2012, the Immigration Department has closed a few visa options, so it is best to visit the home page to find out which best suits your vist.
  • Visiting Academic for invited academics to visit Australia to observe or participate in research projects, without remuneration other than a contribution towards living expenses and travel costs, if applicable. The visitor must be sponsored and nominated by an Australian tertiary or research institution for this visa.
  • Professional Development provides for the temporary stay of visitors undertaking a professional development training program in Australia. Please visit the VISA section of our immigration department for further details on which best VISA suits your visit.

Visiting Students

Overseas students currently enrolled in a higher education program wishing to visit our research centre can do so by invitation. The immigration department has stringent protocols for assessing visiting students and below are some important steps to note.

  1. Students should verify their enrollement in a higher education program by supplying a current CV, academic transcript, and certified letter from the institution that they are currently enrolled at.
  2. Submit a 'Nomination for occupational training - 913' application to the South Australian Immigration Department - form can be downloaded by visiting the Department of Immigration & Citizenship website.
  3. Obtain the appropriate visa as per above.

Hotel and/or accommodation in the city area

We recommend the below options for their close proximity to the University and affordability:

  • Majestic Minima Hotel, 146 Melbourne Street, Contact phone +61 8 8334 7766 $99-110 per night. 10mins walk to the University/City
  • Rockford Adelaide, 164 Hindley Street, Adelaide City. +61 8 8211 8255
  • Mantra on Frome, Contact phone +61 8 8223 9000.  88 Frome Street, Adelaide City.  Standard rooms range from AUD$110-125 and 10mins walk to the University. Average cost of single room $149/night, 4.5 star rating. 10min walk to the University Campus.
  • Mantra on Hindmarsh, Ph +61 8 8412 3333.  Hindmarsh Square, City.   Prices vary depending on season.  7mins walk to the University Campus.
  • Adelaide Riviera Hotel, North Terrace, City. Standard room is around AUD $110.00 and approx 15min leisurely walk to the University. Contact phone +61 8231 8000 or Toll free in Australia only # 1800 061 300
  • Greenway Apartments - 45 King William Street, North Adelaide. 10min walk to the University Campus, contact +61 8 8267 5903
  • Hotel Grand Chanchellor Adelaide on Hindley - 65 Hindley Street, Adelaide city. 7mins walk to the University campus.  Contact email: / phone: +61 8 8231 5552 
  • For students: the Royal Adelaide Hospital Residential Wing offers cheap housing. You could try this site Backpacker and Youth/Student Hostels in Adelaide where a listing of local backpackers is provided.
  • Also Lincoln College (15 mins walk) has University student housing at AUD$50 per night bed/breakfast. NB Accommodations queries/bookings should be done via the Lincoln email address, not directly via their website. Contact: Ph: +61 8 8290 6000 | Email: | Web: Other University residential colleges can be found here.
  • Another site for students who are willing to share accommodation - check EasyRoommate or Adelaide Backpackers Accommodation
  • Serviced Apartments: a list of serviced apartments for visitors/new staff to the University can be viewed here . Serviced apartments offer a cleaning service and furniture and are a more expensive option. This may be preferred by visitors on short stays or staff wishing to have a place to stay while looking for more suitable accommodation elsewhere.

Residential Accommodation in Adelaide

  • A University rental listing site for those interested in sharing and/or fully serviced accommodation >>>
  • Real estate website for properties avaliable nationally >>>
  • Realestate View >>>
    Some suggested suburbs within a 10km radius of the Adelaide City (and University) are: Brompton, North Adelaide, Rose Park, Payneham, Kensington, Ashford, Norwood, Joshlin, Glenside and Mile End. Areas by the beachside are Glenelg, Henley Beach and Grange.
  • Rent-A-Home, is a portal for rental property for short holiday stays or corporate stays.
  • Domain Adelaide Rentals or search for suburb profile


For information about transport in and around Adelaide, the Adelaide Metro website is very helpful for visitors who may not have their own transport.

Hire a bicycle to check out local highlights

Take advantage of the Adelaide 'Bikes Scheme' by hiring out a bike on a day-to-day basis at very low fees (some are free) to get around town quickly and easily. You will need proof of ID to secure a bond for the bike hire, so take a driver's licence/passport and call before hand to book in advance. Bikes come with a helmet and lock.

  • Adelaide Traveller's Inn #8224 0753, 220 Hutt Street, Adelaide City
  • Wild Thyme Organic Cafe #8361 8888, 101-103 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide
Travel to county areas and interstate

Adelaide Central Bus Station is the local company servicing trips to country areas and interstate. Contact #8221 5080, 85 Franklin Street, City (next to Central Markets).

Airport Shuttle Bus

Flights to all major cities in Australia and some regional areas are available from Adelaide Airport. Skylink provides transport between Adelaide and the airport daily. Trip time about 30 minutes @ $7.50 one way.
Phone: +61 8 8332 0528 from 7:00am - 8:30pm | Web:

Maps of the Adelaide City

Experience South Australia

Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
School of Biological Sciences
Darling Building
North Terrace Campus

The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005


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