Botanic Gardens in Adelaide
In a city surrounded by lush green state heritage listed parklands, the 51-hectares Botanic Gardens in Adelaide takes the crown for the most amazing display of rare botanical features including the world’s largest water lily; 130-year-old exhibits in the Santos Museum of Economic Botany; and the Bicentennial Conservatory, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest single span conservatory.
Enjoy the heady fragrance and colorful hues of over 5000 roses at the International Rose Gardens; stop by at the National Rose Trial Garden, where non-native Rose plants find a testing ground for their young roots before they settle down elsewhere; and pause by the Amazon Water lily Pavilion to appreciate the outstanding beauty of the world’s largest water lily.
Update your knowledge of botany with a visit to the Santos Museum of Economic Botany, the world’s last purpose-built colonial museum with exhibits as old as 130 years old. Spend some time at the Garden of Health, where the Garden of Mind’s Ease and Tranquil Garden relieve you of all your stress and tension knots and show how plants and herbs aid to alleviate and cure diseases including cancer.
A visit to the Bicentennial Conservatory reveals a lush display of rare and endangered lowland rainforest plants from northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the nearby Pacific Islands. View and experience them on both forest floor and canopy levels for a true rainforest experience. Another not-to-be-missed experience is a visit to the Palm House, a Victorian Glasshouse imported from Germany and the only one of its kind still in existence. The Palm House houses plants from Madagascar and is both a botanical and an architectural delight.
Like all Adelaide attractions, the Adelaide Botanic Garden is within minutes from the Central Business District (CBD), ensuring easy accessibility. Entry is free and eclectic refreshment options abound. Enjoy a fine dining experience at the Botanical Gardens Restaurant; enjoy a snack and a latte at the Cafe or head to the Simpson Kiosk for a casual lunch in the company of cackling ducks in the nearby lake. You can also pack a lunch and enjoy it in the lush green lawns of the botanical gardens