Sleep’s Hill Tunnel | Adelaide Fringe 2024 | Review

Sleep’s Hill Tunnel: Adelaide Fringe 2024

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   5 Stars for a self-paced, family-friendly series of incredible light installations and history in an abandoned railway tunnel.

Review by Claire Davill

Sleep’s Hill Tunnel has been converted into an incredible Fringe Venue for the 2024 season. This experience is like nothing else you’ll see at the Fringe this year, and the whole family will absolutely love it.

From the moment you enter the cool, dark tunnel environment – and what a welcome environment this is during an Adelaide summer’s day – you’ll be immersed in a series of installments that relate to the tunnel’s history from the old steam train railway connecting Adelaide to Melbourne, to a flourishing mushroom farm.

Historical photos and film are projected onto the tunnel’s walls, screens with animations pondering the world beneath your feet surround you, and time lapse footage of fungi enchants from projections on the ceiling. Each installation is separated by a series of curtain light traps, allowing you to fully enjoy each installation before proceeding to the next one.

You’ll see giant glowing mushrooms with a whimsical, fantastical glowing backdrop, and find yourself walking (or running, or dancing) through a tunnel of mirrors, changing lights and music. Finally, you’ll experience footage emerging from the tunnel into the leafy foothills and soaring above the southern suburbs.

You are free to walk through the installations at your own pace, and after viewing the final installation you’ll need to walk back through the installations to exit the way you came in. This gives you the chance to view everything from multiple perspectives. Kids will absolutely love the tunnel of mirrors – be prepared to make multiple trips through this fantastic photo and video opportunity.


Allow 45-60 minutes to view all the installations and walk back through to the entrance. The installations do contain some strobing lights and loud music, and while the tunnel is quite large, it may cause distress for those with claustrophia. Use your discretion as to whether this event is right for you and your kids.


Make sure you follow the Fringe website directions to find the tunnel, which is located on Railway Terrace, Panorama. There is plenty of parking on site and toilets and drinking water are available.

Sleep’s Hill Tunnel is on until Sunday 17 March 2024. Tickets are $18 to $25.



For more information please visit the Adelaide Fringe website.

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

As per all our Play & Go reviews, this is not a sponsored post. The Play & Go team review via media accreditation and when kindly invited.

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