- Urrbrae House
Admission to our historic house is via online bookings only. Our guides will take visitors through the house in small groups (with a maximum of 10 persons per session).
The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is of primary importance to us. Visitors will be asked to maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres from other parties, use hand sanitizer on admission to the building and refrain from touching our heritage furniture and display items. Please do not attend a tour if you are unwell, or are required to self-isolate / self-quarantine according to South Australian Government health advice.
The Urrbrae House gardens and the Waite Arboretum remain open to walkers.
Urrbrae House enquiries
- Urrbrae House Gardens
- Waite 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.
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 Arboretum General enquiries
- 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.