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  • Urrbrae House

    Urrbrae House Historic Precinct

    Visitors will enjoy viewing one of the most significant private houses built in South Australia while learning about the history of Peter Waite and his family.

    Free guided tours are held on the first Sunday of the month at 2:00pm in Autumn and Spring. Dates in 2017 are 5 March, 2 April, 3 September, 1 October and 5 November.

    On 7 May there will be a special open afternoon from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm in lieu of our regular tour.

    Free guided tours are also held during school holidays at 11:00 am

    18 April

    11, 18 July

    3, 10 October.

    Please meet the guide at the entrance of Urrbrae House. Bookings are not necessary for individuals and small groups.

    Tours run for approximately 75 minutes.

    Group guided tours of Urrbrae House Historic Precinct and the Urrbrae House Gardens can be arranged anytime for groups of 15 people or more. Charges apply.

    Urrbrae House enquiries and bookings
    Amanda Jackson
    Phone: 8313 7497

  • The Urrbrae House Gardens

    Urrbrae House Gardens

    Come and enjoy the beautiful tranquility of our gardens.

    You will be surprised and delighted as you discover hidden treasures featured in our gardens, from the vistas of pear trees in full bloom in late winter, to the riot of colours of the 20th Century Rose Garden in spring and autumn. Why not walk the Labyrinth or simply sit in the shade and read the paper, taking in the many thematic gardens including the the Sensory Garden, the Garden of Discovery and various specially commissioned sculptures?

    Group guided tours can also be arranged anytime for groups of 15 people or more. Charges apply.

    Urrbrae House Gardens enquiries and bookings
    Jennifer Gardner

    Phone: 8313 7405

  • The Waite Arboretum

    The Waite Arboretum

    Spring and autumn are the best times of the year to visit the Waite Arboretum. Visitors can experience an internationally renowned site with around 30 hectares of more than 2,300 trees under natural rainfall.

    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 entrance of Urrbrae House.  Bookings are not necessary.

    Groups of 10 or more can book guided walks on other days and times by arrangement. Charges apply.

    School groups are especially welcome and special thematic walks have been developed for this purpose.

    The Arboretum Exhibition Room is located in Urrbrae House and is open 10am - 4pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

    Self-guided walks

  • Waite Conservation Reserve

    The Waite Conservation Reserve

    The Waite Conservation Reserve in the Adelaide Hills face area remains the best surviving example of Grey Box Grassy Woodland and is home to hundreds of species of native plants as well as kangaroos, koalas and echidnas.

    Self-Guided Walking Trails

    There are two marked trails through the Waite Conservation Reserve.

    Self-guided walks

    Please see our Walking Trails Loop Walking Trail Guide and Map of tracks that are available.

    One starts at the bottom of Wild Dogs Glen and does a loop back to the Easement. The trail starts with a steep climb. Allow 2 hours.

    Part of the Yurrebilla Trail also traverses the Waite Conservation Reserve. This crosses our southern boundary from Carrick Hill and continues on a public walking track through Springwood Park to the old Mt Barker Road, below Eagle on the Hill. This trail is a narrow footpad, no steeper than 1:11 grade. Allow 45 minutes.

    Both walking tracks afford magnificent views over the Adelaide Plains to the sea.

    *Charges apply.

Please visit How to Get There for directions and our Whats On? page for activities and events.

The Waite Arboretum, Urrbrae House Gardens and the Conservation Reserve are ALL CLOSED on days of extreme fire danger.

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.

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

No dogs are allowed on the premises except guide and assistance dogs.

Toilets (including access facilities) are available in the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct.

Meals and light refreshments are available at the adjacent Aroma Café at Lirra Lirra (closed on weekends).

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.

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.


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