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Waite Arboretum Free Guided Tour

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Come along for a guided walk through the woods, learn about our native and exotic trees and connect with nature!

The Waite Arboretum is one of South Australia’s most important collections of trees. Specimens are planted over 25 hectares of land in Urrbrae, South Australia. The collection comprises of over 2,500 tree specimens growing under natural annual rainfall and demonstrates the performance of a range of Australian and exotic trees to the local environment of Adelaide.  The Waite Arboretum is a repository for rare and endangered species playing an important role in the conservation of species that have a very restricted natural distribution. It also fosters an awareness of trees in the landscape and improves our appreciation of the importance of trees in our environment. 

The tour will be conducted by experienced Friends of the Waite Arboretum Guides. Meet the guides on the Western lawns of Urrbrae House.

Maximum capacity: 30 people, including children. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

The pathway in the arboretum is unformed and the ground is uneven, sturdy shoes are recommended. Please ensure weather appropriate clothing is worn. Water fountains are not available in the arboretum, please bring your own water bottle. 

Urrbrae House is located on the Waite campus of the University of Adelaide at Urrbrae.

Free parking is available in the Urrbrae House carpark on Walter Young Avenue, Urrbrae. Other parking sites can be found on Waite Road, Gate 3 or on Claremont Ave between Rentoul Ave and Waite Road. For directions on how to arrive to the Waite Arboretum please visit:

If you are unwell or present Flu or COVID symptoms, please don’t come and seek medical advice.

CANCELLATION: in case of a thunderstorm, heavy rain or if the forecasted temperature for the day is 35°C or above or if a Total Ban for Adelaide Metropolitan and/or Mt. Lofty Ranges, is declared, the tours of the Waite Arboretum are cancelled (check the Bureau of Meteorology website/app).

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