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

Date posted: 17 March 2020

UPDATED on Monday 30 March 

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.

Our outdoor spaces at Adelaide and Wittunga Botanic Gardens currently remain open, however, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden has now closed. For further information on this closure, please see our latest news.

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 (2 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.

Find out more about how you can stop the spread by visiting the SA Health website.

While the Adelaide and Wittunga Botanic Gardens are open, there have been some changes.

From Monday 30 March, Simpson KioskCafé Fibonacci and Botanic Gardens Restaurant at Adelaide Botanic Garden are now closed until further notice. 

The Diggers shop at Adelaide Botanic Garden has also now closed.

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

In addition, we have suspended volunteer-related activities including the free guided walks, 'Hands on Hort' and 'Growing Friends'.

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

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

As we remain open, we are putting into place additional cleaning of public toilets throughout 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.

Water fountains throughout the gardens will be temporarily turned off. Please ensure you bring plenty of water on your visit, or alternatively, refreshments are available at the Kiosk.

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.

We will update this web page and our social media pages regularly with new information about any changes to the gardens and our amenities, events and public programs.

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.

Thank you for contributing to the safety of our community.