UKARIA Cultural Centre is perched on the hillside of the Ngeringa property in the picturesque Adelaide Hills just outside Mount Barker. Concerts have been hosted on the property for acclaimed national and international artists since the mid-1990s. In 2014 the modest concert room was demolished and replaced with a magnificent 220 concert hall purpose built for chamber music. Great care has been taken to ensure that the new hall has superb acoustics without compromising the spectacular sweeping views over the valley and up to the Mt Barker Summit.

In 1985, Ulrike Klein co-founded the internationally acclaimed skincare label, Jurlique. The state of the art and environmentally sustainable UKARIA Cultural Centre, which opened on 29 August 2015, was funded by the Klein Family and built on what was once the Jurlique Farm, where many of the herbs, flowers and plants were grown for natural skin care products. Renowned for using the best in biodynamic and organic ingredients, these values have influenced the design and vision for the UKARIA Cultural Centre and are incorporated in the hospitality product offering.

Leading architect Anton Johnson has designed every aspect of the Centre with the sensory experience of the visitor in mind. Parking bays are nestled into the edges of the garden, and there are multiple entry points that pass through native flora, traditional roses, lavender and other aromatic herbs. Large sculptures, a dry stone labyrinth, shady trees and a water feature complement the idyllic setting.

The Centre is located just 40km from the Adelaide CBD and is an easy drive on the South Eastern Freeway, which takes approximately 40 minutes. Getting to UKARIA is now even easier via the new Bald Hills Road exit, which bypasses the township of Mount Barker and takes you straight to UKARIA's tranquil rural setting, surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards.

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The name takes its inspiration from Ulrike’s vision and legacy, represented by her initials. Aria, a song within opera and oratorio derived from the Greek and Latin ‘aer’ meaning air represents freedom and of course her love of music.

UKARIA is also hidden within the botanical name for Hoop Pine – Araucaria Cunninghamii. This wood is used extensively in the interior of the concert hall. It is a rich golden colour and plays a vital role in the acoustical performance of the hall. It is one of the building’s most distinguishing features and this tree is our reference to nature, growth and renewal.

Unearthing a new name has been a unique and welcome opportunity to reflect on our rich story and compose a new chapter. It also ensures future sustainability for both us, and our neighbours, by eliminating any brand confusion with NGERINGA Vineyards, which sits alongside the Cultural Centre.

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