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Adelaide Botanic Garden offers eight gardens, a wetland and a forest, as well as architectural marvels like the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. Noteworthy features include the Garden of Health (an area devoted to plants with healing properties) and the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden (where kids can learn about fruits, vegetables and herbs).
The 124-acre Adelaide Botanic Garden regularly woos visitors with its tranquil atmosphere and well-maintained landscaping. But if you really want to relax while in this city sanctuary, travelers recommend bringing a blanket and food for a picnic on one of the lawns. Also, save some time to admire the Palm House and the Bicentennial Conservatory's architecture. The former is a restored Victorian glasshouse from Germany, while the latter is the Southern Hemisphere's largest single-span conservatory.
Adelaide Botanic Garden can be reached on foot from the Adelaide Zoo. If you are coming from downtown, you can drive and park in one of two lots or ride one of Adelaide Metro's buses to the area.
This attraction opens on weekdays at 7:15 a.m. and on weekends and public holidays at 9 a.m.; the property closes between 5 and 7 p.m. daily, depending on the month. Some areas (like the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion) have reduced hours and are only open on select days. The property – including all of its gardens and buildings – is free to visit, and facilities like restrooms, a visitor center, a garden shop and three sit-down and grab-and-go eateries are available on-site. You can explore the area with a map, a guide or the free audio guide provided on the MyParx app. Complimentary guided tours depart from the visitor center every day at 10:30 a.m. To learn more, check out Botanic Gardens of South Australia's website.
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