About Nunyara

Location: Belair, Adelaide, South Australia

Nunyara is situated on spacious grounds in the Adelaide Hills - only 20 minutes from the Adelaide CBD. With an enviable view of the city, it is no wonder this Conference and Retreat Centre was named ‘Nunyara’, meaning ‘place of healing’ according to the Kaurna people.


Nunyara – an Aboriginal word meaning “place of healing” built on Kaurna Aboriginal land in 1902.

It was chosen as the site for Nunyara Sanatorium by Dr Arthur Henry Gault because of its fresh mountain air, sunny northerly aspect, magnificent panoramic view and its picturesque scenery. This large building was where this well known and trusted doctor with his strong Christian faith treated Tuberculosis patients as they recovered to health with the then prescribed treatment of sunshine, fresh mountain air and a good healthy diet.

Between 1930 to 1945, after the death of Mrs Gault, the main building was divided into residential flat accommodation. During this time Nunyara was also used by the RAAF as a convalescent home and once again the wonderful environment provided rest and healing to those returning from World War II.

As time moved on and the war ended it was time for Nunyara to have a change. It was purchased by the Methodist Church (now Uniting Church in Australia) in 1946 with the vision of training youth leaders and holding retreats and conferences for young people as a way of honouring those who sacrificed their lives during the War. Further developments have included the building of a stunning glass-walled Chapel surrounded by trees and a beautiful view to the city and sea. In 1975 a two story building was built containing a meeting area, accommodation facilities and five self contained units (now Symons Retreat Centre).

The historic buildings with wide verandahs and spectacular views of Adelaide and the coastline provide a unique and peaceful setting to bring people together to rest, reflect and connect, with the vision of providing expectional Christian hospitality to all who use the centre.


Floor Plan - Main Building.pdf (541kb PDF)

Floor Plan - Symons Retreat Centre.pdf (421kb PDF)

Information - Holiday Apartments.pdf (79kb PDF)

Information - Nunyara Activities.pdf (170kb PDF)

Information - Nunyara Leaders Handbook.pdf (284kb PDF)

Policy - Child Protection.pdf (102kb PDF)

Policy - Nunyara Risk Management Plan.pdf (103kb PDF)

Policy - Terms and Conditions.pdf (86kb PDF)

Site Plan - Nunyara.pdf (464kb PDF)

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