Adelaide Botanic Garden has a charming series of meandering paths that are perfect for a jog or walk. Venture down the avenue of Moreton Bay Fig trees and past the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion – which holds the Victoria amazonica waterlily that only flowers at night – and the prehistoric Wollemi Pine, one of the world’s oldest and rarest plants. A memorial to the garden’s first director George William Francis stands alongside the path. Buried underneath is Francis’ pet monkey, who accompanied the botanical writer on his daily rounds.
Bring your own lunch or grab a bite at the cafe, and take a quiet moment at the Palm House – a painstakingly restored Victorian glasshouse imported from Germany in 1875 and is thought to be the only one of its kind still in existence.
Adelaide Botanic Garden is located in the north-eastern side of the ring of parklands that circles the entire city, close to the Rundle Street café strip and Adelaide Zoo.
Adelaide Botanic Garden | North Terrace, Adelaide | +61 8 8222 9311