If you’re adventurous and you’re looking for fun things to do when in Adelaide, look no further than going to Mount Lofty. It is the highest point in the southern ranges in the Adelaide Hills. Located 45 minutes away from the city of Adelaide via the South Eastern Freeway, this area is beautiful all year round because of its cooler temperature, and lush fauna and flora.
Mount Lofty is the coldest location in the Adelaide area where during winter months the temperature may not exceed 3-4 °C on some days. Snowfall is rare here, except during August of last year when snow has been a delight to some visitors and locals for photo taking. Nevertheless, Mount Lofty in Crafers, SA remains stunning.
There are lots of amazing things to enjoy here.
That includes walking trails at the Waterfall Gully, Chambers Gully and the Cleland Conservation Park that you can walk all the way up to the Mount Lofty Summit or Tower.
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
However, we always favour visiting the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens directly to fancy a breathtaking view of the place.
We were not mistaken in our choice, as it is indeed a picturesque landscape especially in autumn.
More than what meets the eye, it is the serenity and nature’s innate beauty that makes this place spectacular. Not just for a walk but for a communion with family, friends and nature.
Things to Do in Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Picnic at the Garden
When we arrived, we were not surprised to see a number of families coming over with picnic baskets, rugs and tents to use for a whole day of relaxation and chat.
In fact, there are even designated picnic benches and tables that anyone can use for free. Had we known, we would have packed more food if we intended on staying the whole day here.
Sculpture Walking Trail
However, there are also other enjoyable things to do here aside from having a picnic. For one, the sculpture trail is such an educational way of getting in touch with the environment.
Feeding the Ducks
When we saw the lake, we never thought we would be able to also see ducks, swan and fishes. But it was a pure delight when we did! Plus, our breadcrumbs serve us another purpose – feeding the ducks. That was awesome!
Rolling Down The Hills
Furthermore, what’s more fun than that of being a child again! When we saw a steep slope on the other side of the lake, we decided to have a go – rolling down ourselves. Why? Well, it is on our bucket list! =) Plus, it is a lot of pleasure going with gravity’s natural pull!
Honestly, there are myriad more fun sites to behold in this 97-hectare Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. Visit their website here: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden and download their map for ideas.
- 8:30 am to 4pm weekdays (Monday to Friday)
- 10am to 5pm weekends (Saturday and Sunday)
- Open all week daily.
By the way, there are two parking lots to choose from. Both have great access to the whole place for free. But we chose the Lower Entrance at 16 Lampert Rd, Crafers SA 5152 address so we’ll be closer to the lake. The other entrance at the Summit Rd will take you nearer to the ATCO Heritage Rose Garden and the Mount Lofty House (where the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens restaurant is).
Overall, my advice for those who want to come visit this place, allocate at least half a day to stroll around. Having a Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens picnic here would really be awesome with friends and family.
Nevertheless, we had a blast!
Well, I had my little best friends with me that’s why!
Thanks for reading!
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