How to get there


The Waite Arboretum is situated on the University of Adelaide's Waite Campus.

34 degrees 59' S,  138 degrees 38' E at an attitude of 84 – 118 metres.

6.7 km (via Glen Osmond Road) or 15 – 20 minutes approximately minutes drive south from the Adelaide CBD.  The nearest main intersection is Cross Road and Fullarton Road, Urrbrae.  Waite Arboretum is open every day of the year from dawn till dusk except for days of high fire danger. There are no admission charges. 

A visiting koala resting on a branch of a Corymbia citriodora Lemon Scented Gum in Walter Young Drive.

Gate 1 Entrance into the western side of the North Arboretum.

Gate 16 Entrance into the west Arboretum along Walter Young Drive.

A view into the Aboretum's south west area from Walter Young Drive, April 2020

Gate 14 south side of Walter Young DriveNotice #659 Araucaria balansae ARAUCARIACEAE planted in 1968, #723 Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca', Mt Atlas Silver Cedar PINACEAE cultivar, 1929 and #721 Cedrus libani Cedar of Lebanon PINACEAE 1959. 

Gate 2 Entrance into the Arboretum's northwest corner.  Walking north, on the left is tree #154 Eucalyptus polybractea Blue-leaded Mallee MYRTACEAE planted in 1951.

Elm Avenue Entrance from Walter Young Drive

Arboretum Entrance, south side of Walter Young Drive east of Elm avenue.  South of the gate is a Brachychition x roseus Wentworth Flame Tree MALVACEAE planted in 1934.








































































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.

Beltana Cafe: Meals and light refreshments are available at the Beltana Cafe (formerly the Lirra Lirra Café) in McLeod House on Waite Road (closed on weekends).

Toilets (including for the disabled) are available in the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct.

No dogs are allowed in the Arboretum except for registered guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs that are registered under the appliable Act. Dog faeces carry diseases that can be harmful to both wildlife and people.  Dog faeces add unwanted nutrients to the soil and often increased the spread of weeds.  The lasting scent left by a dog and other domestic pets can easily scare animals and birds that inhabit and reside in the Arboretum.  The loss of adult birds and animals can leave their young vulnerable and unprotected.  Recent projects such the B B & B Collection –  a collection of shrubs for Birds, Bees and Butterflies has been development to maintain and enhanced the wildlife biodiversity in the Arboretum.  

Protect your dog and pets: In wildlife environments such as the Waite Arboretum, dogs and other domestic pets can be at a disvantaged with a number of risks to their own health and safety, for example catching diseases and parasites (such as fleas and ticks).   

In all other areas of the University of Adelaide Waite Campus dogs must be on a lead.

Travel by car ENTRY is via the gate on Fullarton Road into Walter Young Drive (south of the previously used caretaker's cottage). 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: 171 (Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday) to stop 12 on Fullarton Road and walk up the long driveway Walter Young Drive (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 Twentieth Century Rose Garden.  Please note that these bus routes and times may change and should be used as a guide only, please check with Adelaide Metro for accurate details.

  • Bus 170, 172 Urrbrae and Kingwood to city route Monday to Friday Stop 23 Waite Road (20/4/2020)
  • Bus 170, Urrbrae to city via cross Cross Road and Duthy Street, Monday – Friday (20/4/2020)
  • Bus 172 Kingswood to city via Harrow Terrace and Duthy Street operates 7 days (20/4/2020)

Walking east along Walter Young Drive toward Urrbrae House there are a number of Eucalyptus cladocalyx, Sugar Gums which are over 32 metres high.  Followed by a collection of Corymbia citriodra Lemon-scented Gums with their smooth white to pink bark, white flowers and goblet shaped fruit.  The local wildlife residents may be seen.  The rainbow lorikeets and magpies and other birds can been seen on most days and sometimes one can see a koala walking along the fence line and or climbing and sleeping in the trees.   

Entrance to the Mallee Collection via Urrbrae House lawn.

Arboretum Entrance opposite Urrbrae House car park.

Gate 26 Entrance east of Waite Oval in Claremont Avenue. . On the left inside the gate is #2160 Pinus canariensis Canary Islands Pine planted in 1994.  On the right is #542 Pinus halepensis Aleppo Pine PINACEAE

Gate 28 Entrance in Claremont Avenue.

Gate 30, Andrewartha Gate entrance in Claremont Avenue.

Left: #2190 Washington filifera Desert Fan Palm, Amercian Cotton Palm, ARECACEAE California and Arizona.

Right: #2196A Schinus molle Peruvian Pepper Tree ANACARDIACEAE South Amercia 1890

The Waite Arboretum is on the western side of the Twentieth Century Rose Garden.  To the right of the rose garden, visit the Garden of Discovery, Sensory Garden, Coach House Garden and the Urrbrae House Garden on the west and south side of Urrbrae House.