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Visiting Adelaide Botanic Garden

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The Adelaide Botanic Garden is a garden located in the heart of the city that is filled with plants from Australia and around the world

Enjoy the breeze in the Adelaide Botanic Garden

Enjoy the breeze in the Adelaide Botanic Garden

History of Adelaide Botanic Garden

History of Adelaide Botanic Garden

The Adelaide Botanic Garden was opened for public for the first time on 4 October 1857 and have been through countless changes until now. The first director itself was already appointed since 1855, and took an important part in the progress and the design and layout of the garden. Then in 1868, the original house of the Victoria amazonica waterlily was erected, along with the plantation of the Araurica Avenue. As time went by, the garden was filled with new buildings. Started with the Botanic Park in 1873, Palm House in 1877, the Museum of Economic Botany in 1881, and so on. In 2007, which also remarked the 150th anniversary of the garden, the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion was opened. Some buildings were also going through restoration, with the Palm House being the last one that undergo major restoration works in 2018.

See the International Collection of the Garden

See the International Collection of the Garden

Now, Adelaide Botanic Garden is separated into several parts of smaller gardens that were classified based on the flowers or different themes. For example is the First Creek Wetland that was opened in 2013 to introduce about the wetlands to the community. If you are looking for plants from various countries, then you can head to the SA Water Mediterranean Garden that showcases plants from five Mediterranean climates around the world, or see the beautiful International Rose Garden that is filled with more than 2.500 roses. You can also enjoy a nice stroll in the forest and see the spectacular trees that were planted more than 150 years ago. The forest is also filled with trees from inside and outside Australia. Another place that highlights collection from across Australia is the Cactus and Succulent Garden that exhibits plants from South America and Africa.

Get educated with the tour

Get educated with the tour

Adelaide Botanic Garden is not just a place for sightseeing. It is also a place where you can learn a lot. The first thing that you can learn from the garden is of course the wide variety of the plant showcased. If you want to learn more, then it is recommended for you to follow the tour. In the Garden of Health, you will learn how plants are used for health purposes. This garden is divided again into two sections, one is focusing on the wellbeing and encouraging contemplation and reflection, while the other sections focusing on disease prevention and illness treatment. Then in The Economic Garden, you will see the true form of fibres, oils, herbs, and spices before they are changed into many products we know and use today. Adelaide Botanic Garden also has a special spot for children to learn more about the plants that they eat in an area named the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden.

See the old collection

See the old collection

Inside the Adelaide Botanic Garden is the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. Here, you can learn about the importance of plants in the past, present, and future. Not just that, the museum is the home for a permanent collection of plants dated from 130 years ago. There are a lot of plants displayed that will take you back to 1881, including the building that is even though has been restored, still featuring many of its original details. While if you are looking for the beautiful architecture, then you can also visit other beautiful buildings in the Adelaide Botanic Garden. Those are the Bicentennial Conservatory, Palm House, and the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion.

The original Australian plants

The original Australian plants

Even though Adelaide Botanic Garden is filled with plants from countries around the world, this site is still a great place to see and know more about Australian native plants. You can see some of them in the Australian Native Garden that also showcases how you can use the plants for your house. Then there is the Dahlia Garden that is taken care by the member of Dahlia Society of South Australia. If you are coming to the Adelaide Botanic Garden, you cannot miss the signature flower also, that is the amazon waterlily, placed in the pavilion. This nocturnal flower is originated from the backwaters of South America's Amazon River and has been a member of the garden since a long time ago.

Adelaide Botanic Garden Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

You don't need tickets to visit the Adelaide Botanic Garden. The garden is opened everyday, but the closing hours are different depend on the season. For the detailed closing hours, you can check on the official website.

How To Get Around?

To get around the Adelaide Botanic Garden, you can get through the North Terrace, Plane Tree Drive, Hackney Road, or Frome Road. From the entrance you can walk by following the paved and bitumen paths. Wheelchairs are also available to hire from Monday to Friday. If you want, you can also download the map of the garden that is available in the website.

What Should I Wear?

There is no recommended dresscode for visiting Adelaide Botanic Garden. However,it is better to check the weather before you go and wear comfortable shoes for getting around.

Adelaide Botanic Garden Facts

Best Time to Visit

It is recommended to visit the garden in the afternoon because the weather will not be very hot. Some people also recommended to visit the garden between spring or autumn to get the best view of the plants.


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Will I Need a Guide?

There are several options that you can choose. The first one is by joining the free guided walks that depart everyday at 10.30 AM. If you cannot join the free guided tour, then you can enjoy the garden by yourself by following the information for a self-guided tours available on the Visitor Information Centre. The last option is by download the app for the Adelaide Botanic Garden to get an audio tour guide.

How To Get There?

If you are coming from the Central Business District, then you can go to the Botanic Garden on foot. You can also use the free hop on hop off bus or the free tram that stops in front of the entrance.

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