In the heart of Mount Barker lies an award-winning heritage-listed garden for all to enjoy. As picturesque as they can be, the Gardens at Auchendarroch is well worth a visit next time you're in the Adelaide Hills. Everyone is welcome to come and explore. Entry is free.
We went for a wander after our movie and found the gardens to be rather calm and relaxing in contrast to the nearby town centre. The grand oak trees stood out beautifully, the croquet lawn was perfectly mown and the plants were thriving like nobody's business.
The camellias in the garden intrigued me too. It is believed that they were Australia's first locally bred camellias propagated in 1848! We also came across the herb and kitchen gardens. And, I'm sure the kids wouldn't mind checking out Dee Dee's Secret Garden.
The Gardens at Auchendarroch can be found on Adelaide Road in Mount Barker approximately 35 kilometres southeast of Adelaide city. Parking is available. Alternatively, you could simply walk there from the town centre.