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Nature Festival: Evolution of the Eucalypt - A Guided Tour

Nature Festival: Evolution of the Eucalypt - A Guided Tour

Discover the diversity of 124 species of eucalypts growing in Adelaide Botanic Garden and Botanic Park.

Join botanist, Andrew Thornhill, on a fascinating tour of Australia’s most dominant plant group during this Nature Festival event.

Along the way, you’ll discover the specific characteristics that define different eucalypts and explore the incredible evolutionary history of the plant group.

There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions along the way.

Date: Tuesday 11 October

Time: 11am - 12.30pm

Location: Adelaide Botanic Garden. Please meet at the Friends' Gate off Plane Tree Drive (B7 on the map) 10 minutes before the start time.

Cost: $10


About the event

How long is the tour?
The tour will last approximately 90 minutes, with stops along the way.


The route is on a combination of bitumen and unsealed pathways.

Who is this tour for?

All ages are welcome but patrons are advised that this event is most suitable to people over 12 years of age.

What to bring

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress according to the weather. Don't forget your umbrella if it's raining!

Food and drink

Food and drink is available from the on-site cafe or kiosk for you to enjoy before or after the tour.

Drinking fountains and water bottle refill stations are located around the Garden.


Toilets are available within Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Getting here

Ticketed parking is along Plane Tree Drive. Patrons can also catch the bus to the Garden or the tram stops 100m from the Main Gate on North Terrace (Botanic Gardens stop).

About Andrew

Andrew is a research botanist at the State Herbarium of South Australia and University of Adelaide.

His research interests for the last 15 years have been in the eucalypts and the family that they occur in, Myrtaceae.

In 2019 Andrew and his co-authors published the first almost complete species level eucalypt phylogeny showing how all eucalypt species are related to each other.

Andrew has also published research on the pollen and fossil history of the eucalypts as well as some of the insects that form galls on the eucalypts.

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