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 Tours

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.


The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our highest priority and we have implemented new COVID-19 compliant protocols to offer a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants, whilst minimising the risk of COVID-19.

Measures include:

  • Small group sizes to ensure physical distancing can be adhered to
  • Participants and guides must maintain physical distance (1.5m)
  • Participants and guides must practise good hygiene before, during and after sessions
  • Participants must not attend if they are unwell and/or exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms

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

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.