Adelaide is home to one of Australia’s smartest examples of city planning – surrounding the CBD with sprawling gardens and parkland. From world-class botanic gardens to sprawling lawns to ubiquitous Jacarandas, Adelaide’s understated beauty feels almost like a secret everyone is keeping to themselves.
Adelaide Botanic Garden
On the CBD’s northeast corner sits one of the most impressive botanic gardens in Australia. Opened in 1857, the garden’s design was influenced by Kew Gardens and Versaille. Its rose garden, Palm House and Bicentennial Conservatory are definite standouts.
Also bordering the CBD, this immaculate garden features over 50 varieties of roses and some beyond-picturesque stone bridges.
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Cleland Conservation Park
Just on the city limits, Cleland Conservation Park is a sanctuary for wildlife and plant life alike. Kangaroos, koalas, echidnas and emus are all locals, and Waterfall Gully is a great place to cool during the summer heat.
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
This place is just stunning in Autumn as the trees change colour to ruby red and golden yellow hues. Very romantic.
We’re suckers for a Japanese garden. Originally created by council workers, Himeji Garden got a serious upgrade after a few visits from renowned Japanese gardener Yoshitaka Kumada in the 1980s. Keep an eye out for turtles.
Parks and public gardens also provide inspiration for your own green space, so head on down to your local! Then find your nearest Greener Spaces Better Places-approved nursery and get plantin’.