Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide

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Address: North Terrace, Adelaide 5000, Australia

Phone: +61-882229311

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 07:15 am - 06:00 pm Details

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About Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide

The old entrance gates on East Terrace welcome you into a world of lush greenery and carefully tended plants and flowerbeds. Set on 125 acres this public park is home to native and international horticultural displays. The well-manicured gardens, the Kainka Wirra Main Lake, shaded trees and small ponds at the make it a beautiful haven in the midst of the city. The main attractions in the park are three glasshouses having plants from various regions in the southern hemisphere, the rose garden and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany.

The Palm house is a Victorian styled greenhouse imported from Germany in 1875 and has undergone a beautiful restoration. It now houses a collection of plants from the island of Madagascar, some of which are rare and endangered in their natural habitats.

The Bicentennial Conservatory was built in 1988 to celebrate the Bicentenary of Australia. The unique structure is visible from the aircraft when one is flying into Adelaide. The conservatory houses rare or endangered tropical rainforest plants from northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and south Pacific Islands.

The Amazon Waterlily Pavilion is an energy efficient glasshouse built in 2007 for the conservation of the Victoria amazonica waterlily.

The Rose Garden is the first of its kind in Australia. Here several varieties of roses are tested for suitability to Australian climates. There are many types of roses on display and available for sale.

The Santos Museum of Economic Botany is home to several informative exhibits that take you through the history and importance of various plant species. The permanent displays include the Fruit Model Showcase, the Fungi Model Showcase, the Grove and the Exhibition Space.

The gardens are kept in perfect condition and are a visual treat. There is plenty of space to relax under the shady trees and by the lakeside. There are also cafés and restaurants for refreshments and meals. The Goodman Building is the headquarters for the parks management. The park also has a shop called Diggers Garden Shop where one can purchase seeds and gardening equipment.

Adelaide Botanic Garden Information

  • Guided walks are cancelled when the forecast temperature is 36 degrees or above.
  • Wheelchairs are available to hire from reception in the Goodman Building on Hackney Road.
  • MyParx, a free self-guided tour app of Adelaide Botanic Garden are available on iPhone or android phone.
  • No alcohol is permitted in the park.
  • Visitors are requested to keep of the flowerbeds.
  • No balls or throwing games, bicycles or scooters are permitted in the park.

Adelaide Botanic Garden Opening and Closing Hours

  • Palm House Timings- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Free Guided Walks- 10.30 am

How To reach Adelaide Botanic Garden by Public Transport

  • Bus Stop: Stop 2 Hanckney Rd –West side for Goodman Building.

Restaurants Near Adelaide Botanic Garden

  • Botanic Garden Restaurant
  • Cafe Fibonacci
  • Simpson Kiosk

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Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide Reviews

  • Figured go for a relaxing walk, been a while since visited the Botanic Garden. Very neatly maintained and the area were imaculate. The paved pathways even, not dirty. Grass green, not patchy. Variety of areas, all unique. Best advice is check through photos to see what you can expect. Various wild life birds I spotted. Great afternoon out maybe even a day for some. Bring a camera, a drink, maybe even picnic. Whether it's by yourself, or family/group. Definitely a highlight in Adelaide. NOTE: There is a giant tree near the outdoor cafe with bees nest, public would need to stay clear off, but I'm sure the maintenance staff would be getting on that. The publicly safety is important. No numbers around Botanic Gardens I saw that you could call maintenance on.

  • This is what most of the cities miss. In a city like this, a place so relaxing and mind soothing is a gift. You can spend some hours exploring and studying the nature away from the busy city life. The glass houses are very educational and well maintained. Everything is free and they have free guided tours in certain days of the week. I enjoyed and refreshed my soul. Recommended on a sunny day.

  • Such a lovely place to sit under a tree and enjoy the muffled noises of the city as if they were kilometres away. Plenty of well kept nooks and crannies if you are looking for a romantic lunch break or late afternoon escape from the office. There’s a little café roughly in the middle, near the duck pond, which offers standard fare but at least you don’t have to dodge cars to get to it. The park has numerous areas, themed for the different plants found in them, ranging from sort of arid/dry all the way to lush Australian forest (but not rain forest/jungle). It does seem to have some strange opening hours, but I guess they are to discourage people sleeping rough on the premises. Seems to be a regular wedding location too, which makes sense with the scenery available.

  • What can you say about a place that soothes the soul and feeds the spirit? Enjoy the gorgeous variety of flora, walk the paths and get lost in yourself, lie on the soft green grass and stare into the endless blue sky, cool yourself under the giant trees or warm yourself in the tropical rooms full of exotic species...then have a great coffee and food for energy to do it all again. Perfect for all ages, just walk through or spend the day. My fav place in all of Adelaide my home town.

  • What a great experience. I loved the fact that you can simply head into this tranquil space in the middle of the city and completely forget about all the hustle and bustle around it. It's well maintained and still has that 19th century charm to it.

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