There are 7 gullies in the Gardens and the Rhododendron Gully has well and truly sprung to life - colours are in bloom everywhere and the next few months are an ideal time to visit. At their peak, the whole gully is alive with vibrant pinks - making for a breathtaking sight.
The Mt Lofty Botanic Garden has some of Australia's best collections of rhododendrons. Rhododendron means "rose tree" in ancient Greek. The rhododendrons at Mt Lofty grow in amongst an impressive range of Chinese trees and shrubs. Their colours range from bright yellow to fire engine red and everywhere in between and the petals have pretty patterns and lines.
Mount Lofty, at 727 metres, is Adelaide's highest "mountain" and is located just 20kms from the Adelaide CBD. There are many trees and plants growing in the cooler climes of the garden's 98 hectares that normally are not normally found or are suited to the Australian climate.
Cost: Free entry
There is ticketed parking at the Gardens (very cheap though) and parking on Sundays and public holidays is free.
Opening times: Monday 8.30am to 4pm Tuesday 8.30am to 4pm
Wednesday 8.30am to 4pm
Thursday 8.30am to 4pm
Friday 8.30am to 4pm
Saturday10am to 5pm (10am to 6pm daylight saving)
Sunday 10am to 5pm (10am to 6pm daylight saving)
Please note: The Garden is closed on days where the fire danger rating is severe, extreme or catastrophic.
Access With Assistance for the Disabled
Parking for the Disabled
Toilet facilities for the Disabled
The garden has two major entrances. Both have car parking and toilet facilities. The lower entrance is flatter and is an easier walk.The summit entrance leads to walking trails which are steep and get the heart pumping.
Nice photos!Have not been there for many years.For most people over 60 or therabouts,the lower car park is the best option.I don't know of a better place in S.A. to enjoy flower displays like this.If there are ,please let me know.
Went up to the Gardens yesterday (13 Sept 2015)....sadly the photos must have been taken last year as there was hardly a rhododendron bush out in flower. Obviously a little too early. May go back in October, then there may be a splash of colour. Maybe there is more colour from the lower car park, we came in from the upper one near Mt. Lofty House.