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The Waite Arboretum

The Waite Arboretum occupies 27 hectares and contains about 2,500 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 and Mt Lofty Ranges fire districts (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.

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
Bookings are not necessary

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 7405.  Please note, Erica's office hours are Thursdays 9 am to 2 pm, so email is the preferred contact method.

Note: If the forecast temperature for the day is 35°C or above or if a Total Ban for Adelaide Metropolitan and/or Mount Lofty Ranges is declared, the tours of the Waite Arboretum will be cancelled (check the Bureau of Meteorology (

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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

Telephone: 8313 7497 or 83137110

Urrbrae House Facebook page

Waite Arboretum

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405

Waite Arboretum Facebook page

Waite Conservation Reserve

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405

Waite Conservation Reserve Facebook page

Postal Address

Waite Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005