5 activities for your winter visit to the Botanic Gardens of South Australia

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When was the last time you visited one of South Australia’s three Botanic Gardens? Now is the perfect time to experience the change in seasons. Check out 5 activities for your winter visit.
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Winter is an opportunity to immerse your senses at one of South Australia’s three stunning public gardens. The Adelaide, Mount Lofty and Wittunga Botanic Gardens provide an ideal setting to connect with nature, no matter what the weather forecast.

Check out our 5 top activities for your winter visit.

Mount Lofty in winter

1.    Garden walks

Enjoy a gentle winter stroll with free guided walks at each of the Botanic Gardens. You will be inspired by the knowledge of the volunteer guides.

Families can warm up at Wittunga Botanic Gardens through a brisk walk around the Lakeside Trail. Let the kids play in the innovative Nature Playspace, designed for accessibility and learning opportunities, while you keep your eyes peeled for koalas, turtles, and birdlife.

Tagetes lemmonii

2.    Discover winter plants

Craving some winter plant inspiration? South Australia’s Botanic Gardens are home to some stunning winter blooms.

The spectacular North American plant, Tagetes lemmonii will provide some winter colour for your next Adelaide Botanic Garden visit.

Or, wander through Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens South East Asian Gully to see some of the finest camellias the Adelaide Hills have to offer.

Ice bear as sea bear. Photo: Martin Gregus

3.    Adelaide Botanic Garden exhibitions

There are a number of exhibitions which enable you to connect with your local environment at the Adelaide Botanic Garden. Get closer to nature through the lens of the world’s best wildlife photographers with a world-class exhibition in South Australia for the first time. On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, be captivated by the incredible images of animals, flora and landscapes.

Or, artist Cara Johnson invites you to experience Overlay, a delicate exhibition which sees agricultural refuse, weeds and debris from environmental regeneration transformed into jewellery and art pieces.

4.    Mount Lofty Lakeside Trail

This one-kilometre loop around the main lake has been designed to be accessible for everyone to enjoy.  This trail is perfect for young families with prams, the elderly and for people with disabilities or mobility issues.  

Visitors can appreciate art installations along the way that have a special message about people, plants and the environment.

If you are lucky, you may even spot a southern brown bandicoot.


Inside the Bicentennial Conservatory

5.    Head Indoors

Take shelter from the elements and visit Adelaide Botanic Gardens historic Palm House which displays Madagascan plants, the Bicentennial Conservatory, home to rainforest plants and a tree top walk, and the Museum of Economic Botany showcasing plant collections that date back many years.

Get involved with Adelaide National Park City

Find out what else is on by visiting the Adelaide National Park City Month event webpage.

You can help get the message out about Adelaide National Park City by sharing the ways you connect with nature with your family, friends and colleagues on socials with the hashtag #AdelaideNationalParkCity