Kaurna Learning Circle

The transformation of the northern end of the North Terrace campus acknowledges and celebrates the Kaurna people and culture.

A meeting place and ceremonial space, the Kaurna Learning Circle was developed in partnership with the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Engagement, Professor Shane Hearn, and Wiltu Yarlu. The redevelopment also includes expansive new lawn areas, an emphasis on South Australian vegetation and the restoration of vistas to the River Torrens (Karrawirra Parri). 

Project overview

  • Location: North Terrace Campus
  • Size: 3,500 m2
  • Cost: $4.5 million
  • Landscape Architect: Oxigen
  • Construction partner: Sarah Constructions


  • Kaurna Learning Circle, featuring a shelter, stone seating and Kaurna Welcome To Country
  • Expansion of the Barr Smith Lawns and extensive landscaping featuring compacted local clay soil, native South Australian plants, and Australian bluestone and granite paving
  • The artwork Wangu Poles, by local Aboriginal artist Paul Herzich
  • The sculpture Spriggina Floundersi, by local artist Silvio Apponyi
  • Removal of boundary fencing and low wall around the Barr Smith Lawns
  • Upgraded underground services and addition of event services.

Completed: June 2020