Keeping you safe in the Gardens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date posted: 17 March 2020

UPDATED on Tuesday 26 May

The safety and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our highest priority.

We are mindful of concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and are following all federal and state government policy and directives. We are closely monitoring updates through SA Health and the impact of COVID-19 on our community.

We believe that coming to a botanic garden and connecting with nature can have a calming effect in times of difficulty, and we hope the gardens will provide some respite for visitors in these uncertain times.

Adelaide, Mount Lofty and Wittunga Botanic Gardens are all now open.

Visitor information

If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and do not come to a botanic garden or public space.

Please follow safe practice when at a botanic garden by:

  • maintaining a safe distance (at least 1.5 metres) from other visitors.
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you cough or sneeze, and discard used tissues in a bin.
  • If you do not have tissue, please cough/sneeze into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people.

Refreshments

The Simpson Kiosk at Adelaide Botanic Garden has now re-opened for trade on every day from 10am - 2pm.

Café Fibonacci and Botanic Gardens Restaurant at Adelaide Botanic Garden remain closed until further notice. 

There are no refreshments available at Wittunga or Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens.

Water fountains throughout the gardens have been temporarily turned off. Please ensure you bring plenty of water on your visit.

Shop

The Diggers shop at Adelaide Botanic Garden remains closed.

Buildings

The Visitor Information Centre in the Schomburgk Pavilion, Santos Museum of Economic Botany and North Lodge remain closed

Our indoor botanical collection spaces are also closed. This includes the Bicentennial Conservatory, the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion, and the Palm House.

Education programs

All education and public programs are suspended until the end of May 2020.  

This includes the Schools Education Program, masterclasses and workshops, Monster Theatres talks and tours, Botanica Lumina Program and the School Holiday Program. If you are booked onto any of these activities, we will notify you of your options and next steps.

There are online resources which can help your school or give you gardening tips.

In addition, we have suspended volunteer-related activities including the free guided walks, 'Hands on Hort' and 'Growing Friends'. In the meantime, we encourage you to access the self-guided walks kindly put together by the Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide.

Additional cleaning

We have put in place additional cleaning of public toilets and visitor facilities throughout each of the gardens. Most toilets will remain open, with the exception of those in the Tram Barn opposite the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden and the those in the Schomburgk Pavilion at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Car parking

Ticketed car parking is still available using credit or debit card, however, the coin receivers on all ticket vending machines across Adelaide Botanic Garden have been temporarily covered pending a permanent solution from the manufacturer.

Gardens staff are adhering to the above health protocols, with additional cleaning in staff buildings too.

The car parks at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden are filling up very quickly every day. We advise visitors to find an alternative nature spot in the Adelaide Hills or elsewhere if the car parks are full. 

Garden regulations

Botanic Gardens are different from public parks in that they're living museums, filled with valuable living collections. For this reason some activities - such as allowing dogs to roam the Garden - have the potential to damage or destroy valuable plants.

Botanic Gardens are also internationally-regarded as places for visitors to seek peace beauty and tranquillity, so activities that impede this (such as the use of drones) are also discouraged. You must not:

  • Bring dogs or other pets into the garden
  • Fly drones in or above the garden (under CASA guidelines. Learn more at our Filming and Photography page)
  • Ride bikes / bicycles, scooters, skateboards or rollerblades
  • Drive vehicles into the garden
  • Damage or remove plants
  • Do not pick mushrooms
  • Enter garden beds
  • Bring alcohol into the garden
  • Play ball or throwing games
  • Bring BBQs into the garden

 

Thank you for contributing to the safety of our community.

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More information on COVID-19

South Australia is currently leading the way with testing for COVID-19. The most recent update from SA Health can be found here

If you would like to find out more about COVID-19, please visit  sahealth.sa.gov.au/covid2019 or call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.