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.
- Urrbrae House Historic Precinct, General enquiries, Amanda Jackson, telephone +61 8 8313 7497
- Urrbrae House Historic Precinct, Manager, Lynette Zeitz, telephone +61 8 8313 7425
- Waite Arboretum, Dr Kate Delaporte, telephone +61 8 8313 7405
- Waite Conservation Reserve, Dr Kate Delaporte, telephone +61 8 8313 7405
- Urrbrae House Gardens, Dr Kate Delaporte (Horticulture), Erica Boyle (Volunteers), Amanda Jackson (Events)
Our Photo Scavenger Hunt sheet is a fun activity that encourages people to explore Urrbrae House and the adjacent gardens in one hour. It is designed for ages 5-99. You can download your sheet here.
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.
Autumn brings outbreaks of Deathcap mushrooms in the adjacent 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.
All of the University of Adelaide campuses are smoke-free, inside and out. Therefore, smoking is not permitted in Urrbrae House, the gardens, the Waite Arboretum or in carparks on the Waite Campus.
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.
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. On days of extreme fire danger the Waite Arboretum, Urrbrae House Gardens and the Conservation Reserve are all closed.
In winter, the ground can be wet underfoot and boots or sturdy shoes are recommended.
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 email@example.com 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.