Trails and tours

The Garden is the perfect place to lose yourself, reconnect with nature and enjoy its beauty and serenity. Download a copy of our visitor brochure/map to see where each trail starts and finishes.

Free guided walks


As a precautionary measure, free guided walks and all other volunteer-related activities have been suspended until further notice.

The safety and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our highest priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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


Free guided tours are available every Thursday (except Christmas Day) departing at 10.30am from the Lower Car Park (entry via Lampert Road).

For more information or to organise special interest or private walks visit the Friends of the Botanic Gardens website.

Please note all guided walks are cancelled on days forecast to reach 36 degrees or more.


Walking trails

  • Lakeside Trail

    Follow this interpretive trail on a scenic loop around the Garden’s Main Lake, taking in a series of eight plant-themed artworks Read more

  • Nature Trail

    Take yourself back in time and enjoy the native flora that dominated the Mount Lofty Ranges prior to European settlement. Look up and see a canopy of mature Stringybark eucalypts that shelter a complex understory of native wildflowers, shrubs and climbers. Read more

  • Valley View

    Starting at the upper car park, pass a delightful variety of camellias, rhododendrons and North American plants, before taking in sweeping views of the Garden, orchards and vineyards surrounding Piccadilly Valley. Easy gradient, allow 30-45 minutes (return).

  • Heysen Trail

    The Heysen Trail is renowned as one of the world’s great long-distance walks, spanning 1,200km from Cape Jervis to the Flinders Ranges. You can walk one of the oldest sections of this South Australian icon at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.