Botanic Gardens of South Australia

Visiting Botanic Gardens is thankfully still free in most cities, when visiting South Australia you can visit one of these gardens.

Adelaide Botanic Garden

Adelaide Botanic Gardens Bicentennial conservatory.JPG
Bicentennial Conservatory By Peripitus – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Website: https://www.botanicgardens.sa.gov.au/home

Admission: Free

Location: North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 7:15am
Weekends and public holidays 9am

Closing hours: 
December to January 7:00pm
February to March 6:30pm
April 6:00pm 
May 5:30pm
June to July 5:00pm
August 5:30pm
September 6:00pm
October – November 6:30pm

Contact details: 
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (+61 8) 8222 9311
botanicgardens@sa.gov.au

Adelaides Botanic Garden was opened in 1857, the 130 acre garden is set within the CBD of Adelaide. It’s just a 5 minute walk from Adelaide’s popular Rundle mall and only a 2 minute walk to the Adelaide Zoo.

The gardens have some notable attractions including the Titan arum otherwise known as the corpse flower and the Victoria amazonica waterlily. (please check with the website to see if the corpse flower is currently on display)

Within the gardens is the largest single span glasshouse in the southern hemisphere called the Bicentennial Conservatory. The climate within the glasshouse is that of a subtropical rain forest, perfect to visit on a winters day.

The Botanic Park is right next door, with plane trees and 100 year old Moreton Bay Fig trees. It’s surrounded by the river torrens and the Adelaide zoo. The Moreton Bay Fig trees are an amazing sight to see, I highly recommend spending some time here.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Mt Lofty Botanic Garden Lake.jpg
Mt Lofty Botanic Garden Lake, By Wanderer at the English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Website: https://www.botanicgardens.sa.gov.au/visit/mount-lofty-botanic-garden

Admission:Free

Location:Summit Rd or Piccadilly Rd, Crafers SA 5152, Australia.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 8:30am
Weekends and public holidays 10:00am

Closing hours:
Monday to Friday 4pm
Weekends and public holidays 5pm
Weekends during daylight savings 6pm

Please note:
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is closed on days when the fire danger rating is severe, extreme or catastrophic.

Contact details:
16 Lampert Road
Piccadilly SA 5151
Access from Summit Road, Crafers and Lampert Road, Piccadilly
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (+61 8) 8370 8370

Just 30 minutes drive from the CBD and set in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. The Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is a 239 acre garden with a diverse range of gardens and gullies. Some notable attractions are the Magnolia Gully, South east Asian Gully and the Fern Gully.

The Fern Gully creates the perfect oasis all year round, especially in summer.

Wittunga Botanic Garden 

Website: https://www.botanicgardens.sa.gov.au/visit/wittunga-botanic-garden

Admission: Free

Location: Shepherds Hill Road, Blackwood SA 5051, Australia

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 8:30am
Weekends and public holidays 10:00am

Closing hours:
Monday to Friday 4:00pm
Weekends and public holidays 5:00pm
Weekends during daylight savings 6:00pm

Contact details:
Shepherd’s Hill Road
Blackwood SA 5051
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (+61 8) 8370 8370

Just a 25min drive from the CBD of Adelaide, the 32 acre Wittunga Botanic Garden is a hidden gem within Blackwood. Its just a short 4 minute walk to the Coromandel Parade, where there is a good selection of Cafes

They have a large variety of water-wise plants from Australia and South Africa. Which may interest those trying to reduce water bills. 

A notable attraction is the Butterfly Garden and fynbos display. It’s also great for bird watchers!

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