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The Waite Arboretum

The Waite Arboretum occupies 30 hectares and contains about 2,300 specimens representing more than 800 species in 200 genera, all growing under natural annual rainfall of 624 mm.

Open free to the public every day of the year from dawn to dusk except on Fire Ban Days, metropolitan fire district. (CFS Hotline 1300 362361). For the tranquillity of the park and to protect wildlife, dogs are not allowed in the Arboretum. Guide dogs are permitted.

Every tree is labelled and mapped. Special collections include eucalypts, palms, dragon trees, pears and oaks. To enhance your visit download the free Waite Arboretum app in the App Store or Google Play.

The Arboretum is adjacent to Urrbrae House Historic Precinct and the Waite Conservation Reserve.

Please note, autumn brings outbreaks of Deathcap mushrooms in the Waite Arboretum. Ingestion of even a small amount of the mushroom will cause serious illness and may be fatal. You are advised not to pick or eat any wild mushrooms from the Waite Campus as poisonous mushrooms may resemble edible ones. Information about Deathcap mushrooms can be found on the Australian National Botanical Gardens website. https://www.anbg.gov.au/fungi/deathcap.html

What's on in the Arboretum

Free guided walks of the Waite Arboretum are held on the first Sunday of every month. The walk starts at 11:00am and ends at 12:30pm
Meet the guide at the West lawn (Croquet Lawn) of Urrbrae House
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Bookings are not necessary
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Groups of 10 or more can book guided walks on other days and times by arrangement.  For bookings, contact Erica Boyle via email or on 8313 7110.  Please note, Erica's office hours are Tuesdays & Fridays 2pm - 5pm, so email is the preferred contact method.

Special Events

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History of the Waite Arboretum

The Arboretum was established on land given by Peter Waite to the University of Adelaide, to be held upon trust and in perpetuity as a park or garden for the enjoyment of the public.

Planting of trees from around the world began in 1928.

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The Dragon Tree

Arboretum and Gardens Support

Giving to
The University of Adelaide

Urrbrae House Historic Precinct

Amanda Jackson
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7497
Email

Waite Arboretum

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405
Email

Waite Conservation Reserve

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405
Email

Postal Address

Waite Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005
AUSTRALIA