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Visitor Information

Contact Us

The team at the Waite Historic Precinct cover many different roles. In order to contact the best person for your enquiry, please see the listing below.

Disability Access

Urrbrae House: Due to the heritage nature of Urrbrae House, there is limited disabled access to the top floor of the building only and access is via the eastern glass door of the house.

Gardens and Arboretum: There are accessible pathways throughout sections of the Gardens and a formed path enables wheelchair access to The Mallee section of the Arboretum.

Disabled parking is available at the rear of Urrbrae House, enter off Gate 3 from Waite Road.


Visitors are welcome to walk their dogs on a lead in the Urrbrae House Gardens and along Walter Young Avenue.

To protect the native fauna and precious plants no dogs are allowed in the Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve (guide and assistance dogs excepted).

Food and Refreshments

The general public are welcome at the on-campus cafe.

Meals and light refreshments are available in the adjacent Aroma Cafe at Lirra Lirra on Waite Road during business hours Monday-Friday.

On-campus Security and Emergency Assistance

Assistance is available 24/7 from Waite Campus Security by phoning 8313 2700.  An emergency black phone is located in the rear porch of Urrbrae House: to contact Security simply lift the handpiece.  No dialing is needed.

Outdoor Conditions

In summer, the average maximum day temperature is about 27°C, but there are often days of high 30s, so a hat and sunscreen are essential. Covered shoes are recommended when walking in the Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve.

In winter, the ground can be wet underfoot and boots or sturdy shoes are recommended.

On days of extreme fire danger the Waite Arboretum, Urrbrae House Gardens and the Conservation Reserve are all closed.


Recreational, student and not-for-profit photography of Urrbrae House and the Gardens is encouraged.  If photographing inside Urrbrae House, please do not use a flash as the light may damage more delicate items such as books and artworks.

However, where the photographer/filmographer intends to make a profit from a photoshoot (ie commercial photography) permission must be sought and charges may apply.

Please contact the Urrbrae House Co-ordinator for more details. Email or Ph: 8313 7497.


Toilets are available inside Urrbrae House.  There are also toilets in the Urrbrae House Gardens for visitors to the gardens and Arboretum.

There are no toilet facilities in the Waite Conservation Reserve.

Waite Campus Walking Tour

A brochure for a self-guided tour of heritage sites on the Western half of the Waite Campus can be found here.


A drinking fountain is located adjacent to the facilities (toilet) block in the garden on the southern side of Urrbrae House.

Urrbrae House Historic Precinct

Amanda Jackson
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7497

Waite Arboretum

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405

Waite Conservation Reserve

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405

Postal Address

Waite Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005