- Urrbrae House
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 from February to November.
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.
South Australia's History Festival, May 2019. The History Festival is an annual celebration of South Australia's history. Further information on the events for Urrbrae House will be announced early in 2019.
Urrbrae House enquiries and bookings
Amanda Jackson (Mon to Wed) Phone: 8313 7497 or Sally Carr (Thursday) Phone 8313 7110
- Urrbrae House Gardens
Come and enjoy the beautiful tranquillity of our gardens.
Group guided tours can also be arranged anytime for groups of 15 people or more. Charges apply.
On days of 35°C or above, or if a Total Fire Ban for Adelaide Metropolitan and/or Mount Lofty Ranges is declared, the tours of the Urrbrae House Gardens are cancelled.
- Waite Arboretum
Spring and autumn are the best times of the year to visit the Waite Arboretum.
Free guided walks of the Waite Arboretum are held on the first Sunday of every month. The walk starts at 11:00 am and ends at 12:30 pm. 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. Charges apply.
School groups are especially welcome and special thematic walks have been developed for this purpose.
On days of high temperatures, 35°C or above or if a Total Fire Ban for Adelaide Metropolitan and/or Mount Lofty Ranges is declared, the tours of the Waite Arboretum are cancelled.
- 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.
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.
On Total Fire Ban days declared for the Mount Lofty Ranges, the Waite Conservation Reserve is closed to the public.