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Discover the true heart of South Australia through the eyes of those that helped shape it. Delve into the world they inhabited, the lives they led and share their hopes, ideals and dreams at historic West Terrace Cemetery.

The cemetery has been a major feature of Adelaide since Colonel William Light laid out the city in 1837. Now, the State Heritage Listed landmark is home to more than 150,000 souls and reveals much, if not more, of Adelaide’s character than some of the State’s more famous attractions.

You can navigate your way through the multi-award-winning cemetery in your own time, join a guided tour, or for something a little different, explore the cemetery after dark.

Please note: From 23 February - 17 March, our award winning Friday Night Tour is a part of the Adelaide Fringe. To book tickets during this period, please visit the Adelaide Fringe website: https://www.adelaidefringe.com.au 

     

Tours & Trails Schedule

Date Tour  Time 
Friday 3 February Night Tour: West Terrace Cemetery After Dark 9:00pm & 10:30pm
Sunday 5 February Tales & Treasures 10:30am
Tuesday 7 February Crime & Punishment 10:30am
Friday 10 February Special Edition Death Over Dinner and Night Tour - SOLD OUT  9:00pm & 10:30pm
Saturday 11 February Twilight Tour: Housewives & Heroines 5:30pm
Sunday 12 February Unfortunate Ends & Peculiar Practices 10:30am 
Tuesday 14 February A Brave Few 10:30am
Friday 17 February Night Tour: West Terrace Cemetery After Dark 9:00pm & 10:30pm 
Sunday 19 February Anzac Tour 10:30am
Tuesday 21 February History & Symbolism 10:30am 
Thursday 23 February Night Tour: West Terrace Cemetery After Dark 9:00pm & 10:30pm
Friday 24 February Night Tour: West Terrace Cemetery After Dark 9:00pm & 10:30pm
Saturday 25 February  Twilight Tour: Till Death Do Us Part 5:30pm
Sunday 26 February Science & Physicians 10:30am 
Tuesday 28 February Legends of the Game 10:30am 

Full Tour List

Award Winning Guided Night Tours

As the gates close and darkness falls across West Terrace Cemetery, this iconic effigy to Adelaide’s past residents takes on different ambiance. With only the soft glow of your lantern to light the way, and the eerie shadows of the monuments looming at every step, this unique guided sound and light experience takes you on an intriguing journey through good and evil, passion and reason, and the vices and virtues that are part of the human condition. As you explore the cemetery you will meet a host of dubious individuals, larrikins, eccentrics and mysterious figures. Their stories are so baffling, so bizarre and so callous that they will resonate in your mind long after the lanterns dim at the end of the night. 

Guided Tour: A Brave Few

What would it take to make you leave your homeland and travel halfway across the globe to a foreign land, without knowing what you would find when you arrived? This guided tour explores the stories of South Australia's earliest pioneers, those who made it and those who didn't.

Guided Tour: Crime & Punishment

Investigate colonial South Australia's gritty underbelly as you encounter the graves of the perpetrators, the victims and the law enforcers on this fascinating tour.

Guided Tour: From Housewives to Heroines

Explore the personal trials and inspirational achievements of some of the State's leading ladies on this guided tour of West Terrace Cemetery. As you weave your way through the cemetery you will encounter a selection of philanthropists, political agitators, reformers and artists who have left their mark on South Australia and beyond.

Guided Tour: Legends of the Game

From cricket and football to boxing and horse racing, meet some of the State’s great sports men and women and relive the triumphs, heroic losses, controversies and tragedies on this fascinating guided tour of West Terrace Cemetery.

Guided Tour: Tales & Treasures

From the notable to the notorious, discover the true heart of South Australia through the eyes of those that helped shape it. Delve into the world they inhabited, the lives they led and share their hopes, ideals and dreams.  

Guided Tour: Unfortunate Ends & Peculiar Practices

Discover the obscure and often unusual ways South Australians have met their fate and gain a glimpse into some of the lavish and occasionally peculiar funeral customs on this unique guided tour.

Guided Tour: Walking With ANZACS

More than 4,000 returned service men and women who courageously fought in the First World War lie at rest in the Australian Imperial Forces section at West Terrace Cemetery. Behind each of these brave souls is a story of service. Relive their courage, determination and mateship as you explore Australia's first dedicated military burial ground.

Guided Tour: History & Symbolism

A cemetery serves three functions: a place to bury the dead, a place to grieve and a place where history can be read and understood. Take a step back to some of South Australia's earliest days as we take you through the history and symbolism behind some of the oldest headstones and monuments of West Terrace Cemetery and the history behind the religious groups and communities that shape the cemetery into what it is today. 

Guided Tour: In the Line of Duty

Explore the historic grounds of West Terrace Cemetery whilst learning about the people who put their lives in the line of duty in order to protect or defy the law. From heroic Constables and Criminal Investigators to corrupt Policeman, this tour will uncover some of South Australia's unconventional stories of the law.  

 

Guided Tour: Science & Physicians

Who are the amazing, fascinating and bizarre characters that helped shape the medical, science and technological world? Some of South Australia's most iconic pharmaceutical entrepreneurs, philanthropists, medical illustrators plus many more lay to rest at the state heritage listed West Terrace Cemetery. Come along to the newest tour out and be blown away by the stories of the iconic South Australian's resting at our doorstep. 

 

Guided Tour: Till Death do us Part

Stories of lovers who thought union would outlast their death, mismatched couples disowned by their families as well as relationships plagued by jealousy and betrayal. As participants visit the final resting place of the notable and the notorious, they will be taken on a journey through the human experience of love, lust and betrayal.

Self-Guided Trail: Beliefs, Attitudes & Customs

The Beliefs, Attitudes & Customs interpretive trail explores life, death and the hereafter. As you follow the trail you will discover the diverse religious beliefs, traditions and rituals of thousands of South Australians, their funeral customs and mourning practices.
Number of sites: 15
Duration: 60 minutes
Distance: 2km loop-walk
Level: Easy

Self-Guided Trail: Heritage Highlights

The Heritage Highlights interpretive trail provides a fascinating introduction to Colonial South Australia. As you follow the trail you will encounter the remarkable human stories of eminent and everyday people, their exploits and endeavours.
Number of sites: 29
Duration: 90 minutes
Distance: 2km loop-walk
Level: Easy

Self-Guided Trail: Natural Heritage

The Natural Heritage interpretive trail delves into the cemetery’s hidden landscape of rare native and exotic vegetation. As you follow the trail you will be introduced to a diverse selection of trees, shrubs, climbers and ground covers, their unique uses, the fauna they support and the symbolism attached to some of them.
Number of sites: 10
Duration: 60 minutes
Distance: 1km loop-walk
Level: Easy

Self-Guided Trail: Stories of the Everyday

The Stories of the Everyday self-guided trail delves into a fascinating mix of real South Australian stories. As you weave your way through the cemetery, relive the treacherous sea voyage to the colony, celebrate triumph over adversity, feel the overwhelming sorrow of a mother's loss and meet the man at the centre of an international mystery. 
Number of sites: 20
Duration: 60 minutes
Distance: 2km loop-walk
Level: Easy

Self-Guided Trail: Trailblazing Women

The Trailblazing Women interpretive trail highlights the personal trials and an inspirational achievement of some of South Australia’s leading ladies. These strong, resourceful women left their mark on South Australia and beyond. 
Number of sites: 15
Duration: 60 minutes
Distance: 2km loop-walk
Level: Easy


Night Tours

What are the night tours?

As the gates close and darkness falls across West Terrace Cemetery, this iconic effigy to Adelaide’s past residents takes on different ambiance. With only the soft glow of your lantern to light the way, and the eerie shadows of the monuments looming at every step, this unique guided sound and light experience takes you on an intriguing journey through good and evil, passion and reason, and the vices and virtues that are part of the human condition. As you explore the cemetery you will meet a host of dubious individuals, larrikins, eccentrics and mysterious figures. Their stories are so baffling, so bizarre and so callous that they will resonate in your mind long after the lanterns dim at the end of the night. 

Tour Dates

Tours take place every Friday.

Tour Times

April to September: 6:30pm & 8:00pm
October to November: 8:30pm & 10:00pm
December to March: 9:00pm and 10:30pm

Duration

Tours run for 60 minutes. 

Pricing

$25 Adult
$22 Concession
$15 Children Under 16 Years

Want to know more?

Click here to download the West Terrace Cemetery By Night Visitor Information Sheet.

How To Book

To book a spot on our night tours, please contact the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority on (08) 8139 7400 or email us at: events@aca.sa.gov.au 


Guided Day Tours

What Are The Guided Day Tours?

Delve into almost two centuries of real South Australian stories as our knowledgeable guides bring to life the many captivating and long forgotten tales of our State’s great leaders, pioneers, humanitarians and scallywags. From the triumphant to the tragic, the society pages to the scandalous underbelly, and the surprising to the strange, there is something for everyone. There are seven different guided walks to explore.

Tour Days

Tuesdays and Sundays

Tour Times

10:30am

Duration

90 minutes

Pricing

$10 Adult (includes a free bottle of water)
$5 Children Under 16 Years (includes a free bottle of water)

How To Book

To book a spot on our Guided Day Tours, please contact the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority on (08) 8139 7400 or email us at: events@aca.sa.gov.au

Want to Know More?

To find out more about our Guided Day Tours, please contact the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority on (08) 8139 7400 or email us at: events@aca.sa.gov.au or Click here to download the West Terrace Cemetery guided tour Visitor Information Sheet.

A Brave Few

What would it take to make you leave your homeland and travel halfway across the globe to a foreign land, without knowing what you would find when you arrived? This guided tour explores the stories of South Australia's earliest pioneers, those who made it and those who didn't.

Crime & Punishment

Investigate colonial South Australia's gritty underbelly as you encounter the graves of the perpetrators, the victims and the law enforcers on this fascinating tour.

From Housewives to Heroines

Explore the personal trials and inspirational achievements of some of the State's leading ladies on this guided tour of West Terrace Cemetery. As you weave your way through the cemetery you will encounter a selection of philanthropists, political agitators, reformers and artists who have left their mark on South Australia and beyond.

Legends of the Game

From cricket and football to boxing and horse racing, meet some of the State’s great sports men and women and relive the triumphs, heroic losses, controversies and tragedies on this fascinating guided tour of West Terrace Cemetery.

Tales & Treasures

From the notable to the notorious, discover the true heart of South Australia through the eyes of those that helped shape it. Delve into the world they inhabited, the lives they led and share their hopes, ideals and dreams.  

Unfortunate Ends & Peculiar Practices

Discover the obscure and often unusual ways South Australians have met their fate and gain a glimpse into some of the lavish and occasionally peculiar funeral customs on this unique guided tour.

Walking With ANZACS

More than 4,000 returned service men and women who courageously fought in the First World War lie at rest in the Australian Imperial Forces section at West Terrace Cemetery. Behind each of these brave souls is a story of service. Relive their courage, determination and mateship as you explore Australia's first dedicated military burial ground.

History & Symbolism

A cemetery serves three functions: a place to bury the dead, a place to grieve and a place where history can be read and understood. Take a step back to some of South Australia's earliest days as we take you through the history and symbolism behind some of the oldest headstones and monuments of West Terrace Cemetery and the history behind the religious groups and communities that shape the cemetery into what it is today. 

In the Line of Duty

Explore the historic grounds of West Terrace Cemetery whilst learning about the people who put their lives in the line of duty in order to protect or defy the law. From heroic Constables and Criminal Investigators to corrupt Policeman, this tour will uncover some of South Australia's unconventional stories of the law.  

Science & Physicians

Who are the amazing, fascinating and bizarre characters that helped shape the medical, science and technological world? Some of South Australia's most iconic pharmaceutical entrepreneurs, philanthropists, medical illustrators plus many more lay to rest at the state heritage listed West Terrace Cemetery. Come along to the newest tour out and be blown away by the stories of the iconic South Australian's resting at our doorstep. 

Till Death do us Part

Stories of lovers who thought union would outlast their death, mismatched couples disowned by their families as well as relationships plagued by jealousy and betrayal. As participants visit the final resting place of the notable and the notorious, they will be taken on a journey through the human experience of love, lust and betrayal.


Twilight Tours

What Twilight tours Are Available?

Throughout the month of December we are offering a new range of twilight tours at West Terrace Cemetery. Most guided day tours are available as twilight tours.

Tour Dates

Every Saturday for the month of December

Tour Times

5:30pm

Duration

90 minutes

Pricing

$10 Per Person (includes a free bottle of water)
$5 Children Under 16 Years (includes a free bottle of water)

How To Book

To book a spot on our night tours, please contact the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority on (08) 8139 7400 or email us at: events@aca.sa.gov.au 

Want to know more?

To find out more about our Twilight Tours, please contact the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority on (08) 8139 7400 or email us at: events@aca.sa.gov.au 


Group Tours

What group tours are available?

West Terrace Cemetery is an ideal place for groups to visit and we can organise a tour or activity to suit the age and interests of your group. Tours can be booked at any time and date throughout the year.  A minimum of 10 people is required for all special interest or private walks. To book contact the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority on (08) 8139 7400 or events@aca.sa.gov.au 

Pricing

$10 per person (a minimum of 10 people is required, includes a free bottle of water)
$5 for children 16 years or under

How To Book

To book a group tour, please contact the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority on (08) 8139 7400 or email us at: events@aca.sa.gov.au

Want to Know More?

To find out more about our Guided Day Tours, please contact the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority on (08) 8139 7400 or email us at: events@aca.sa.gov.au


Self-Guided Tours

What are the Self-Guided Tours?

An intriguing journey of discovery awaits you at West Terrace Cemetery. Follow one of the self-guided interpretive trails and explore South Australia’s rich history through the eyes of people that helped shape it. You can pick up each of the self-guided trail maps just inside the cemetery’s main entrance (at stop one on the trail).
The trail map and coloured way-finding markers will help you navigate your way through the cemetery.

Pricing

Self-guided tours are free at West Terrace Cemetery and run 365 days of the year.

Want to Know More?

To find out more about our Self-Guided Day Tours, please contact the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority on (08) 8139 7400 or email us at: events@aca.sa.gov.au

Beliefs, Attitudes & Customs

The Beliefs, Attitudes & Customs interpretive trail explores life, death and the hereafter. As you follow the trail you will discover the diverse religious beliefs, traditions and rituals of thousands of South Australians, their funeral customs and mourning practices.
Number of sites: 15
Duration: 60 minutes
Distance: 2km loop-walk
Level: Easy

Heritage Highlights

The Heritage Highlights interpretive trail provides a fascinating introduction to Colonial South Australia. As you follow the trail you will encounter the remarkable human stories of eminent and everyday people, their exploits and endeavours.
Number of sites: 29
Duration: 90 minutes
Distance: 2km loop-walk
Level: Easy

Natural Heritage

The Natural Heritage interpretive trail delves into the cemetery’s hidden landscape of rare native and exotic vegetation. As you follow the trail you will be introduced to a diverse selection of trees, shrubs, climbers and ground covers, their unique uses, the fauna they support and the symbolism attached to some of them.
Number of sites: 10
Duration: 60 minutes
Distance: 1km loop-walk
Level: Easy

Stories of the Everyday

The Stories of the Everyday self-guided trail delves into a fascinating mix of real South Australian stories. As you weave your way through the cemetery, relive the treacherous sea voyage to the colony, celebrate triumph over adversity, feel the overwhelming sorrow of a mother's loss and meet the man at the centre of an international mystery. 
Number of sites: 20
Duration: 60 minutes
Distance: 2km loop-walk
Level: Easy

Trailblazing Women

The Trailblazing Women interpretive trail highlights the personal trials and an inspirational achievement of some of South Australia’s leading ladies. These strong, resourceful women left their mark on South Australia and beyond. 
Number of sites: 15
Duration: 60 minutes
Distance: 2km loop-walk
Level: Easy


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