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.
- 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.
- Palm House Timings- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Free Guided Walks- 10.30 am
- Bus Stop: Stop 2 Hanckney Rd –West side for Goodman Building.
- Botanic Garden Restaurant
- Cafe Fibonacci
- Simpson Kiosk
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95% of people who visit Adelaide include Adelaide Botanic Garden in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
76.21% of people start their Adelaide Botanic Garden visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Adelaide Botanic Garden
94.93% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Adelaide Botanic Garden
Birds, Bugs, Spiders and Smells... walking through the botanic Gardens early in the morning as the sun touches the tips of the trees and the grass smells so fresh as its warmed in the sun after being watered. A great place to feel encouraged and at peace. God is good.
One of the best botanic gardens we've visited, and we only covered a quarter of it due to time constraints. I loved the lily and lotus gardens. Nice and clean. Good landscaping. Get your map at the entrance for your guidance as it is a big walk.
Great place for a walk, seeing what plants can be grown in Adelaide. The cafe, restaurant and the garden supplies are all very good to excellent. I would be great to have more interaction to assist with finding plants and more regular guided tours.
One of the larger botanical gardens in Australia, it certainly eclipses the one found in Brisbane. There are several concrete paths that can be traversed, while also providing dirt tracks into the trees if you're feeling adventurous. There are toilet facilities and several restaurants in the gardens, as well as a greenhouse that people can visit during the day. Great photo opportunities can be had here.
Lush and peaceful surroundings. Some very unique vistas and specimens. Is looking a little rundown of late perhaps due to funding but overall an excellent (free) attraction in central Adelaide.