Our Awesome Visit to the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Mount Lofty

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.

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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.

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There are lots of amazing things to enjoy here.

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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.

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Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

However, we always favour visiting the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens directly to fancy a breathtaking view of the place.

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We were not mistaken in our choice, as it is indeed a picturesque landscape especially in autumn.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Earth Sculpture
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The Senses Sculpture @ Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
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Beauty: “Gardens use the world as their canvas. They produce endless beauty.”

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!

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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!

Heritage Walk

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.

Opening hours:

  • 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).

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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!

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Well, I had my little best friends with me that’s why!

Thanks for reading!

Lyn Durante

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Hi There! Thanks for reading and welcome to my blog. I am Lyn, a mom to two adorable daughters, currently residing in Adelaide, South Australia. I have lived two countries, visited 3 continents and can't wait to travel more. Photography, arts, kids fun, family travels and all things inspirational delight me. I am not born affluent but I can attest that dreams do come true with perspiration and inspiration. Lucky enough to be given a second life, I don't want to waste my time not being able to create beautiful moments. Because what we do with our time is what we do with our lives. I hope I can inspire you in your life's journey.

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    • 12/06/2017 at 19:23

      Thank you Success Inspirers’ World. You’re so kind. I just saw the email. Thank you. Just accepted it. It is an honour to be invited by you. I will be crafting a new post for that matter. More power to you!

  • 03/07/2017 at 18:10

    Great post with beautiful photos and a sound narrative. I enjoyed the read. Recently, I visited a lake that was littered with ducks and I enjoyed feeding them. It was such a thrilling experience. Thanks for sharing your story. 🙂

    • 03/07/2017 at 18:20

      Aww. Thank You simpledimple for taking the time to give me your wonderful feedback. I do appreciate it because it always gives me motivation to just write. Yes, it is such a very refreshing experience being with nature. My pleasure. Wishing you a great week ahead!

      • 04/07/2017 at 14:02

        You’re welcome. Thanks Lyn. Have a blessed week and a productive day. Hugs. 😉


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