Mount Lofty Botanic Garden re-opens

14 May 2020

Date posted: 18 May 2020

We are very pleased that Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is open again, following its seven week closure due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The garden re-opened on Friday 15 May and has been very busy every day since then, with both the upper and lower car parks full before 11am, including today, Monday 18 May.

We kindly ask that visitors consider moving on to an alternative nature spot in the Adelaide Hills when the car parks are full.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is open 365 days a year and it is beautiful all year round, with plenty of opportunities to visit in the future.

Traffic management is in place on weekends to redirect visitors when the lower car park is full, in an effort to help keep SA safe.

To help #stopthespread we areundertaking extra cleaning of garden facilities and have put additional signage in the garden reminding visitors to please:

  • keep a 1.5m distance from other people
  • practice good hygiene and
  • if feeling unwell, please stay home.

We acknowledge that Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is a serene place to connect with nature either individually, or in small groups. However, as per state government requirements, we remind visitors that groups of more than 10 people are not permitted to gather.

As the restrictions continue to ease, we look forward to seeing you at one or more of our botanic gardens where you can enjoy a diverse range of plants and landscapes whilst nurturing your health and well-being.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and understanding during this time and we are happy to be welcoming you back.

Plan your next visit here.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden opening times

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Weekends and public holidays: 10:00am - 5:00pm

A quick reminder about garden regulations

Botanic Gardens are different from public parks in that they are 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 tranquility, 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, including mushrooms which can be poisonous
  • Enter garden beds
  • Bring alcohol into the garden
  • Play ball or throwing games
  • Bring BBQs into the garden


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

For more information on the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our latest news.

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