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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 for individuals and small groups are offered 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 via Eventbrite:

    Group (15 people or more) guided tours of Urrbrae House Historic Precinct can be arranged for other times and must be booked with the Urrbrae House Co-ordinator. Charges apply.

    For information about our tours and events during the SA History Festival in May 2019 please check our What's On Calendar.

    Urrbrae House enquiries and bookings
    Amanda Jackson (Mon to Wed) Phone: 8313 7497 or Sally Carr (Thursday) Phone 8313 7110

  • Urrbrae House Gardens

    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.

    Urrbrae House Gardens enquiries and bookings
    Dr Kate Delaporte (Gardens - Horticultural focus), Amanda Jackson (House and Gardens)

    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

    The 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

    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.

    On Total Fire Ban days declared for the Mount Lofty Ranges, the Waite Conservation Reserve is closed to the public.

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