Sleep’s Hill Tunnel is shaping up to be one of the most unique and must-see events at the
Fringe in 2024. This one-of-a-kind immersive experience is set to captivate audiences by
bringing to life a forgotten piece of Adelaide’s history. Located in Panorama, this exclusive
event offers a rare opportunity to explore the abandoned Sleep’s Hill Tunnel, a hidden gem on
the old Adelaide-to-Melbourne rail line that is now a heritage site.
Sleep’s Hill Tunnel promises an unforgettable journey through time. Visitors will be guided
through the historic rail tunnel to discover a 350-metre long journey of light projections that
chronicle the tunnel’s transformation from a steam train passageway to a mushroom farm.
This exploration is enriched with unique time-lapse footage and phenomenal projection
installations by various artists.
Videographer and photographer, Stephen Axford from Planet Fungi, renowned for his
captivating photography and time-lapse videos, brings the tunnel’s fungal history to life. His
enchanting imagery of fungi, featuring a kaleidoscope of colourful forest species, provides
an intimate look into the world of these mysterious organisms. Through his artistic lens, the
birth, decay, and intricate network of fungi are transformed into visual poetry, offering a
mesmerising blend of art and science. Also featured in the tunnel is the installation, The
World Beneath Our Feet, which transports audiences into the incredible world of life in the
soil underground; this piece was a hit at The Barbican in London last year.
Director and CEO of Adelaide Fringe, Heather Croall said, “ It’s so exciting to see such an
innovative project premiere in the Mitcham area at Fringe time. The Sleep’s Hill Tunnel show
fuses history, art and technology in the most stunning way, it will be a memorable immersive
experience for everyone… especially for those who are fans of tunnels, trains or mushrooms,
which I think is almost everyone! This is one of many hundreds of magical shows happening
in the suburbs at Fringe ‘24; we love seeing so many hidden, unique stories in our local
neighbourhoods come to life across the whole State for Fringe and Sleeps Hill Tunnel is
going to be one that people will not want to miss.”
Current owner and custodian of the Sleeps Hill Tunnel, Dave Munro said, “I’m looking forward
to the Fringe bringing a new chapter to the second tunnel, it’s a remarkable state heritage
asset and I can’t wait for people to experience this rare opportunity to embrace this very
Sleep’s Hill Tunnel began construction in 1879 and was used by steam trains until 1914
before heavier trains began to be used with a different rail gauge forcing the tunnel to be
decommissioned. The tunnel went on to have many uses including the storing of state
records and valuables as well as being used as a mushroom farm for its desirable climate
and lack of light.
This project is a testament to Adelaide Fringe’s commitment to uncovering and celebrating
local stories and places. Sleep’s Hill Tunnel is not just an event; it’s an exploration and a
rediscovery of Adelaide’s unique history through the lens of contemporary art.
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The 2024 Adelaide Fringe runs from 16 February to 17 March.