Adelaide Botanic Gardens / Botanic Park

Where Is It?: The Botanic Gardens and the adjacent Botanic Park are bounded by Frome Road, Hackney Road and Botanic Drive. The gardens and park are within easy walking distance from the Adelaide CBD or catch any Adelaide Metro bus and alight at the corner of North and East Terrace. Access is also available by tram along North Terrace. There is paid car parking along Plane Tree Drive and Hackney Road.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

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

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

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

Habitat:  The gardens have extensive of lawn with large trees and shrubs and garden beds devoted to specific plants. There are collections of Australian native plants, cycads, herbs, palms and perennials. First Creek runs through the gardens 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. There are a number of man made lakes within the gardens which attract water birds.

More information: DEW

Total Species Recorded to Date: 101 (non-passerines 61, passerines 40)

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


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