The Watson Adelaide - Art Series

- Walkerville, Adelaide

33 Warwick Street, Walkerville SA
The Watson Adelaide - Art Series
33 Warwick Street
Walkerville, SA  5081

Hotel Information

Check-in Time
2:00 PM
Check-out Time
11:00 AM
Reception Hours
24 hours
This hotel is 100% non-smoking
Free parking, limited availability
This hotel does not accept cash as a payment method. Credit, debit and prepaid cards are accepted to buy goods and services.
Bond Policy
Please note The Watson requires a AUD$200 cash bond or credit card pre-authorisation on check in for all room types.
Early Arrivals & Late Departures
Check in time is 2pm and checkout time is 11am. Please call the hotel for any early arrival or late departure requests.

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Accommodation overlooking the majestic Adelaide Hills

Set amongst the tree tops of leafy Walkerville and overlooking the majestic Adelaide Hills, The Watson draws inspiration from Indigenous artist Yannima Pirkarli Tommy Watson.

The boutique Adelaide accommodation boasts open planned self-contained suites, an onsite restaurant, 25-metre lap pool, gymnasium and long-stay Residence apartments. With Watson originals and prints spotted throughout the hotel, large communal spaces enriched by splashes of desert colour, art tours, art library, art journals and dedicated art channel, the distinctive Art Series inspired experience is complete.

Features & Facilities

Adelaide’s latest luxury hotel, The Watson, offers art inspired boutique accommodation in a contemporary, serene environment. Feel right at home when you next visit Adelaide and make use of the state of the art features and services.


  • Enjoy 24 hour reception
  • Art Series produced digital fine art archival editions of Tommy Watson's art
  • Car Parking, limited availability
  • Conference & events facilities
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Gymnasium
  • 25m swimming pool
  • Myst Hair & Beauty - Hair Salon
  • Perfect solution for short and long term stays
  • Secure luggage storage
  • Free local calls
  • Lekker bicycle hire

Outdoor Pool

Designed by Michael Klim, our 25m swimming pool is at the ready for exercise or family fun.


Work up a sweat in our onsite gymnasium and ensure you stay fit while holidaying in Adelaide. Featuring all the equipment you need to keep your fitness routine up.

Smart Cars and Lekker Bikes

With McLaren Vale and The Barossa Valley an easy drive from our abode, hop in an eco-friendly Smart Car to explore the surrounds. Our bright red Lekker bicycles are perfect for a ride along the River Torrens, or into Adelaide CBD.



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Tommy Watson

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson

One of Australia’s greatest Aboriginal artists, Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson was a senior Pitjant-jatjara leader. He grew up living a traditional nomadic life in the semi-arid country at the edge of the Gibson Desert. Learning about his country, culture and tjukurpa from his father and grandparents, he developed a deep spiritual connection with his country.

Yannima Pirkarli, or Tommy Watson as he is now known throughout Australia, was born circa 1935 in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Land, which covers a large terrain across Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia. Pirkarli refers to a sacred flat rock, and Yannima is a site near where the artist was born. He lived a semi-nomadic life with his father until his early teens, when he moved to Ernabella Mission to live with his uncle, Nicodemus Watson, whose surname he assumed as his own. As a young man, he worked as a stockman at Mt Ebenezer Station, where he was called Tommy. The haphazard etymology of his name aptly demonstrates the way Yannima Pirkarli Tommy Watson lives between different worlds.

In unearthing influences we discover that during the fifties, Ernabella Mission introduced bright acrylic paints for the production of posters and postcards. Watson also spent time at Hermannsburg where he watched Albert Namitjira paint. Namitjira is one the most widely known and loved Aboriginal artists who painted landscapes in the European tradition. Later, when Papunya Tula Art Centre opened in 1971, Watson associated with artists such as Shorty Lungkata and Uta Uta Tjagala. It is here that he absorbed the broad intense colour palette associated with Aboriginal desert painting.

Tommy Watson began painting in 2001 as a founding member of the Irrunytju Arts Centre at Wingellina, Western Australia. Irrunytju is situated near the tri-state border of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia, approximately 720km south-west of Alice Springs.

His work has since been exhibited throughout Australia and is represented in numerous significant public and private collections, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria and the National Gallery of Australia. In 2005 he was commissioned to create Wipu Rockhole, now permanently installed on a ceiling at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris. This commission assisted in establishing his reputation as one of a handful of internationally acclaimed Aboriginal artists.

Tommy Watson was a senior elder closely tied to the traditions and sacred beliefs of Pitjantjatjara People, but he resists painting as a tool to lay bare this philosophy. As viewers, we would be mistaken in trying to discern any concrete narrative even though his paintings refer to traditional stories and places. Instead, his paintings are abstract meanderings and meditations on colour, always inextricably linked to a spiritual attachment to the land. In this way, Watson conveys the intangible nature of the land and its sacred mythologies.

In each work there is a palpable sense of experimentation and play. This is demonstrated by the shifts in patterning; at times we see swirling constellations, in others more discernible geometric shapes. The use of dots, repeated in a seemingly endless way, has the effect of a constantly dynamic visual field, pulsations which ripple across the canvas. At times we see striking contrasts such as lurid green against a blood red or deep blue on orange. Elsewhere, in a series of work from 2009 which verges on the monochromatic, the works demonstrate subtle gradations of oranges, pinks and reds.

Watson is able to confidently work on large canvases in a way that captures the largesse of this landscape. The intensity of line and colour radiate with a breathtaking presence - he is without doubt a remarkable western desert artist.

The selection of the works for The Watson was in direct consultation with the artist and Ken McGregor, who has a long association with the artist and regularly travels to Watson’s studio in Alice Springs. The selection for The Watson spans from 2005 to the present and includes paintings and giclée prints.

To start painting at the age of sixty-six, we might imagine how for Watson, painting has replaced earlier, more physical endeavours. It is as though each dot takes the place of a footstep. In this light, his paintings are abstract re-visitations of the Pitjantjatjara country the artist knows so intimately. He is an artist that has ‘walked' his country, both physically and emotionally, and he clearly celebrates and captures this vast and rich country. In an era where everything can be downloaded or googled or somehow “known” so easily, it’s a relief to have some quiet moments to contemplate the unknowable.



Offering flexible conference, meeting and event spaces, The Watson is the place to gather, share wisdom and celebrate. Sitting on the fringe of the CBD amongst leafy Walkerville Terrace, it is the ideal location to spark motivation and inspire creation. All spaces offer flexible room set-ups, state-of-the-art technology and onsite catering options to keep your guests nourished.

A place to gather
With striking designer decor, flexible setup options and all the technological trimmings, our Galleries provide an inspired boardroom space.

Daringly Different Events
Accommodating your every need with state-of-the-art technological solutions, flexible function room setups and offering a range of in-house catering options sure to satisfy even the fussiest of hungry delegates.

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Set amongst the tree tops of leafy village, Walkerville; overlooking the majestic Adelaide Hills, The Watson draws inspiration from Indigenous artist, Tommy Watson. The boutique luxury hotel boasts open planned self contained suites, onsite restaurant, 25 metre lap pool, gymnasium, conference and events facilities and long stay Residence apartments. With Watson originals and prints spotted throughout the hotel, large communal spaces enriched by splashes of desert colour, art tours, art library, art journals and dedicated art channel, the distinctive Art Series inspired experience is complete.

Things to do in Adelaide

  • Adelaide Zoo
  • Adelaide Central Market
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • South Australian Museum
  • Glenelg, Henley and Semaphore beaches
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Adelaide Oval
  • Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Wine regions - Barossa Valley, Adelaide Plains, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Southern Fleurieu, Currency Creek, Langhorne Creek and Clare Valley

Adelaide events not to miss

  • World Tennis Challenge - January
  • Tour Down Under - January
  • WOMADelaide - March
  • Clipsal 500 - March
  • Adelaide Festival - February/March
  • Adelaide Fringe - February/March
  • International Rugby 7s - March or April
  • Tasting Australia - April/May
  • Adelaide Caberet Festival - June
  • South Australian Living Arts - July
  • Royal Adelaide Show - September
  • Bay to Birdwood - September
  • Christmas Pageant - November
  • Feast Festival - November
  • Adelaide International Guitar Festival - November
  • Classic Adelaide - November


Contact Information
33 Warwick Street
Walkerville, SA 5081

Points of Interest

  • Rundle Mall - 4.4 km
  • Central Market - 5.2 km
  • Adelaide Festival Centre - 4.8 km
  • Adelaide Oval - 4.2 km
  • Adelaide Zoo - 3.6 km


The Watson sits amongst Adelaide’s greatest attractions. The Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine regions are just 30 mins away, which makes this Adelaide hotel the perfect launch pad for day trips and indulgent weekends away. Sitting on the fringe of the CBD, Walkerville Terrace is at your doorstep with some of Adelaide’s best galleries, restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping a stone’s throw away. Buses and trains are easily accessible and The Watson eco friendly Smart Car and red Lekker bicycles can take you on your journey.