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Australian Defence Force Academy

Around ADFA

The facilities at ADFA ensure you have access to a wide range of services. For an aerial map of ADFA, click here (flash) or here (pdf).

Facilities on the base include:

Indoor Sports Centre

The Indoor Sports Centre is located adjacent to the Academy Cadets Mess and is only a short walk from the accommodation blocks. The Centre facilities are available to officer cadets, midshipmen and Academy staff.

Sports Grounds

Within the grounds of the Academy are playing fields for cricket, football, netball, squash, tennis and other sports. You may also use the golf course at the Royal Military College (RMC) Duntroon.


The Academy Boatshed is located on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, Yarralumla. The facility houses rowing sculls and shells, sailing and racing dinghies, canoes and a number of sailboards along with two Endeavour 24 yachts, which are moored permanently on the lake.


The ADFA Library is open to all students at UNSW Canberra and provides students with quality client-focused services to support their learning and resource requirements.

Academy House

In the area bound by the Library, the Information Technology Service Centre and the Computer Science Department is a building known as Academy House. On the ground floor are the following establishments, which provide services to all Academy staff and cadets:


A branch of Defence Bank and Australian Military Bank caters to a wide range of banking needs and a National Bank Multi-Card 24 hours ATM facility is available on campus.

Coffee Shop

The Coffee Lounge offers hot meals to eat-in or takeaway, snacks, hot and cold drinks and confectionery. A dry cleaning agency operates from the venue. The Coffee Lounge is an area where cadets may relax either inside or on the patio outside the building.

Dry Cleaning

A dry cleaning agency operates from the Coffee Lounge.

Hair Dressers

A hairdressing salon operates between 0900-1600 hours on weekdays and on Thursday nights by appointment.

Marching at Lake Burley Griffin

Cadet getting a hair cut

Cadets in Adams Hall

Cadet at the Academy Library

Cadet BBQ