Waite Arboretum, Urrbrae

Where is it?: The arboretum occupies 30 hectares and was established on land given by Peter Waite to the University of Adelaide, to be held upon trust and in perpetuity as a park or garden for the enjoyment of the public. It is situated between Claremont Avenue, Fullarton Road, Cross Road and the Waite Campus. Public transport is available on Bus Route 171 to Mitcham Square (Stop13 on Fullarton Road).   see Google Map

Owner: The University of Adelaide. more information;
Friends of Waite Arboretum

Habitat: The arboretum contains about 2,300 specimens representing more than 800 species in 200 genera, all growing under natural annual rainfall of 624 mm. There are special plant collections e.g. Eucalypt Collection contains over 800 specimens representing more than 340 species and subspecies; Pear Collection has 90 ornamental pears of several species; Oak Collection with 65 species. Many of these species come from California, Texas or the Mediterranean region; Acacia Collection features 80 specimens representing 45 species; and Palm and Cycad Collection of 140 palms representing 60 species and 24 cycads representing 13 species.

Total Species Recorded to Date: 61 (non-passerines 39, passerines 22)

Common Species: Australian Wood Duck, Crested Pigeon, Galah, Adelaide Rosella, Eastern Rosella, Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner, Australian Magpie, Little Raven

Less Common Species: Spur-winged Plover, White-faced Heron, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Willie Wagtail, Grey Fantail