Adelaide Botanic Gardens / Botanic Park

Where Is It?: Adelaide Botanic Gardens and Botanic Park are bounded by Frome Road, Hackney Road and the River Torrens.

Access and Parking: The gardens and park are within easy walking distance from the Adelaide CBD.

Public transport is available by Adelaide Metro buses (Routes 98c, 99c, 106, 174, 176, 178, 281, H30, H33, W90, W91 or X30) which  stop on the northern side of North Terrace near the corner of East Terrace. Bus Routes 98c, 99c, 167, 168, 170, 171, 172, 286, 287, 288, H30, H33, W90, W91 or X30 stop on the southern side of North Terrace. Access is also available by tram along North Terrace to Botanic Gardens.

There is paid car parking along Plane Tree Drive and Hackney Road.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 51 (ABG)/34 (BP) hectares. Hundred of Adelaide – Sections 574, 590 and 1187,  Allotments 101 and 102 (Deposited Plan 66751), Allotments 200 and 201 (Deposited Plan 86132).

Landscape Management Region: Green Adelaide

History: The Adelaide Botanic Gardens was opened to the public in 1857. The land for the Botanic Park was purchased by the ABG in 1866.

Habitat:  There are extensive areas of lawn with large trees and shrubs. Garden beds devoted to specific plants. There are collections of Australian native plants, cycads, herbs, palms and perennials. First Creek runs through the gardens within a concrete lined bed before entering the River Torrens along Frome Road near the Adelaide Zoo.

Between Botanic Park and the Botanic Gardens along Plane Tree Drive there is a stately avenue of plane trees planted in 1874. There are also a number of century old Moreton Bay Figs planted in the park. A number of man made lakes have been constructed within the gardens which attract water birds.

More information: DEW

Total Species Recorded to Date: 107 (non-passerines 66, passerines 41)

Common Species:  Pacific Black Duck x *Mallard, Adelaide Rosella, Eastern Rosella, Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner

Less Common Species: Buff-banded Rail, Peregrine Falcon, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Willie Wagtail, Australian Reed Warbler

Updated: 9/01/2022

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