Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Finally Re-Opens!

Visitors will be able to stroll through the garden, just in time to catch the end of the autumn colours.

Photo: Michael Waterhouse Photography

After seven weeks of closure due to COVID-19 restrictions, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is opening again for everyone to enjoy!

Visitors will be able to stroll through the garden from tomorrow, Friday 15 May – just in time to catch the end of the autumn colours.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden plays an important role in the community, supporting the mental, physical and emotional well-being of thousands of people. With that in mind, our autumn season brings more than 200,000 visitors to the garden so the decision to close the garden was not taken lightly at the time.

The team at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden want to thank the community for their patience and understanding during this time and they’re very excited to be welcoming you back.

As they do their part to help #stopthespread by undertaking extra cleaning of garden facilities, they urge everyone to continue to look after each other by maintaining a 1.5m distance from other people, practicing good hygiene and, if you’re feeling unwell, please stay home.

They acknowledge that Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is a serene place to connect with nature either individually, or in small groups. However, as per state government requirements, they remind visitors that groups of more than 10 people are not permitted to gather.

Please note that the free guided walks are not yet operational again, but they encourage you to take advantage of the self-guided walks kindly put together by the Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden anticipate large numbers of visitors in the coming weeks so please note that traffic management will be in place on weekends to redirect visitors when the lower car park is full. It is important to enjoy the great outdoors and we share the excitement of the re-opening, but if the car park is full, they advise visitors to move on to an alternative nature spot in the Adelaide Hills. Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is open 365 days a year and it is beautiful all year round, so there will always be other opportunities to visit.

As the restrictions continue to ease, they look forward to seeing you at one or more of the botanic gardens where you can enjoy a diverse range of plants and landscapes whilst nurturing your health and well-being.

Plan your next visit here.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden opening times:

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm

Weekends and public holidays: 10:00am – 5:00pm

A quick reminder about garden regulations

Botanic Gardens are different from public parks in that they are living museums, filled with valuable living collections. For this reason, some activities – such as allowing dogs to roam the garden – have the potential to damage or destroy valuable plants.

Botanic Gardens are also internationally regarded as places for visitors to seek peace beauty and tranquility, so activities that impede this (such as the use of drones) are also discouraged. You must not:

  • Bring dogs or other pets into the garden
  • Fly drones in or above the garden (under CASA guidelines. Learn more at our Filming and Photography page)
  • Ride bikes / bicycles, scooters, skateboards or rollerblades
  • Drive vehicles into the garden
  • Damage or remove plants
  • Enter garden beds
  • Bring alcohol into the garden
  • Play ball or throwing games
  • Bring BBQs into the garden


If you would like to find out more about COVID-19, please visit SA Health or call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

For more information on the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our latest news.

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