Urrbrae House is an accredited museum and is utilised by the University of Adelaide for a variety of educational and cultural activities.

Urrbrae House is not a function centre. However, some of its public rooms and grounds are available for hire by the community. Please note that Urrbrae House is not available for hire during certain periods due to requirements by the University of Adelaide and other on-campus organisations.

To limit the wear and tear on the House and grounds, only one event booking is taken per weekend. Those hiring Urrbrae House and its gardens are asked to respect the site's unique setting, and its heritage furnishings and fixtures.

  • Cancellation

    Should you need to cancel your booking after the signed contract and deposit have been received, your deposit will be retained by Urrbrae House.

  • Catering and rubbish disposal

    Please note that food and drink provision must also comply with SA Government Covid Safe requirements.  

    Where food is to be provided during an event, a professional caterer must be used for health and safety reasons. We do not provide catering for functions but the Urrbrae House Co-ordinator is able to supply the names of caterers who have previously catered events in Urrbrae House.

    At the end of an event, caterers are expected to leave the Urrbrae House kitchen, back porch and bin area in the same state as they were prior to the event.

    Caterers and/or professional serving staff are required to clear away all glasses and crockery used during the event from Urrbrae House and its gardens. Glass left in the gardens is a particular safety hazard because of public access to these areas. Please note that Urrbrae House has only a small number of bins available for rubbish disposal; additional arrangements for rubbish disposal may need to be made for larger events. At the conclusion of an event the hirer of Urrbrae House and/or its gardens must leave the house and/or gardens in a condition that meets with the approval of Urrbrae House Co-ordinator.

  • Ceremonies - Weddings and Funerals

    Due to the constraints mentioned above, regretfully we are unable to accommodate Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Receptions or Funerals at Urrbrae House and gardens.

    Urrbrae House and gardens are available for Wedding photography bookings; charges apply.  Please send wedding photography enquiries to

    Those looking for a wedding venue may find the following link to alternate venues useful:

  • Damage and inappropriate behaviour

    If any damage is caused to Urrbrae House and/or its grounds, including furniture, equipment and the gardens during an event, the hirer will be charged for all repairs. Any attendee of an event who causes deliberate damage to Urrbrae House and/or its grounds, exhibits indecent behaviour or displays a substantial breach of decorum will be required to leave the event.

  • Electrical equipment

    For health and safety reasons all portable electrical equipment used in Urrbrae House and its grounds must be tagged to visually confirm that the equipment has been tested and complies with the requirements of Australian Standard AS 3000 or any replacement or amended standard.

    It is the responsibility of the hirer of Urrbrae House and its grounds to ensure that third parties employed by the hirer (such as caterers, technical staff, etc) make sure that their equipment also meets this requirement.

  • No smoking

    Please note that as of 1 January 2011 the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide became a smoke-free environment. This includes all buildings and facilities, and outdoor areas including gardens and carparks. Smoking is therefore not permitted in Urrbrae House or its surrounding gardens.

  • Seated dining events

    The Dining Room which overlooks the Urrbrae House 20th Century Rose Garden can accommodate small groups only. The room can also be used for planning days, meetings and seminars.  Please note that the room does not have data point access and because of its heritage furnishings is not suitable for meetings where large poster displays need to be erected.

  • Security of personal valuables

    While Urrbrae House staff can assist with securing certain items within Urrbrae House, the hirer is responsible for the security of all personal belongings and valuables brought into Urrbrae House.

  • Serving alcohol

    Please note that Urrbrae House is not a licensed venue. If you intend to serve alcohol at your event, you will need to be responsible for obtaining a Short Term Limited Liquor licence (if required) by the Office of Liquor and Gaming.

  • Stairs and young children

    Because of the number of stairs in Urrbrae House, young children attending events must be closely supervised by an accompanying adult.

For community hire of Urrbrae House and its Gardens

Please phone 8313 7497 for bookings and more information, or email

Urrbrae House rooms available for hire.