Waite Arboretum is situated on the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide, about 20 minutes drive from the Adelaide city centre. The nearest main intersection is Cross Road and Fullarton Road, Urrbrae. Waite Arboretum is open every day of the year except from dawn till dusk except for days of high fire danger. There are no admission charges.
The Arboretum Exhibition Room in Urrbrae House is open 10am – 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and on weekends whenever the house is open for tours or exhibitions. Urrbrae House is sometimes closed during these times for private functions, special events and for building maintenance. Please refer to the website The Waite Historic Precinct: “What’s On Calendar” or phone 8313 74 97 to confirm opening hours.
Toilets (including for the disabled) are available in the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct. Meals and light refreshments are available at the adjacent Lirra Lirra Café in McLeod House on Waite Road (closed weekends).
No dogs are allowed in the Arboretum except for guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs who are all required to be on a leash. Dog faeces carry diseases that can be harmful to the wildlife and people. Dog faeces add unwanted nutrients to the soil and can increased the spread of weeds. The lasting scent left by a dog can easily scare animals and birds that inhabit and have a home in the Arboretum. The loss of adult birds and animals can leave their young vulnerable and unprotected. In wildlife environments dogs can be at a number of risks to their the health and safety, for example catching parasites (such as fleas and ticks).
Travel by car Entry is via the gate on Fullarton Road into Walter Young Drive. Parking is available in the free public carpark near the end of the driveway on the left hand side.
Travel by bus from the city Bus route 171A (Monday to Sunday) to stop 12 on Fullarton Road and walk up the long driveway (approximately 15 minutes). Bus route 170 (Monday to Friday only) to stop 23, the last stop on Waite Road, enter Gate 3 and walk through to the Rose Garden. Please note that these bus routes should be used as a guide only, please check with Adelaide Metro for accurate details (www.adelaidemetro.com.au).