The Waite Precinct at Urrbrae is a great place to spend a day, with a range of things to do which will appeal to most people. There are themed gardens, unexpected random outdoor sculptures, historic old buildings, and walking trails to suit all tastes and capabilities. It's located on Cross Road not far from the city, but few people passing the grounds are aware of its attractions.
Parents looking for school holiday activities will find that kids love to play at the labyrinth, and the rose garden makes a great picnic spot for lunch. Take time out to explore the sensory garden nearby too.
If you're a history or architecture enthusiast, Urrbrae House offers free guided tours, or if you prefer you can just wander around at your own pace to find out more about the history of the area and the Waite family.
If you (or your older children) want to be active the Waite Conservation Reserve can give your cardiovascular system a good workout with some steep climbs and spectacular views. Or just enjoy the beauty of nature as you walk around and appreciate the wildflowers.
For people who enjoy gardening or bush tucker, take a self guided tour through the Arboretum or wait for a Sunday when free guided tours are available. It's a pretty place to enjoy a walk and appreciate the random art works scattered around.
Finally, while no longer in the Waite Precinct, the Urrbrae Wetlands are on land once owned by the Waite family. They are just down Cross Rd a little, and the ideal place to go to see lots of local flora and fauna in a bushland setting, and are a very popular school outing destination during term time. Be sure to call them first to check it is OK to visit.