Wittunga Botanic Garden – Australia v South Africa


The South Australian Government manages three botanic gardens in the Adelaide area:

The Adelaide Botanic Garden
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Wittunga Botanic Garden.

The 14 hectares Wittunga Botanic Garden was established by Edwin Ashby in 1902 though it did not come into state ownership until 1965. It was opened to the public in 1975 and contains and extensive collection of plants from Australia and South Africa (mainly from the Cape Province district which has similar climatic conditions to Adelaide). Continue reading “Wittunga Botanic Garden – Australia v South Africa”


Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Walk


This challenging, well signposted, walk (8km return) begins in Waterfall Gully at the 1st Falls lookout and continues past the 2nd Falls from where the trail climbs steeply up to the remains of Chinaman’s Hut (1.1kms – picture 2). Archaeologists have been unable to find any sign of past Chinese occupation and the hut was more likely occupied by European woodcutters in around 1900.

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Mt Lofty Botanic Garden


What a great place to escape to from the city.

The Mt Lofty Botanic Garden is one of three botanic gardens managed by the South Australian Department of the Environment and is by far the largest but still very manageable in that you could see nearly all of it in a day and get a great flavour of the Garden in much less time. Do allow at least a few hours though. Continue reading “Mt Lofty Botanic Garden”

Walk the Port


In addition to being the best way to get around “Walk the Port” is the title of an excellent walking guide for the historic area of Port Adelaide. The guide can be picked up at the tourist office/ visitors centre on the intersection of Commercial Road and St Vincent’s Street (from which the walk starts).

The guide highlights 38 points of interest along a very pleasant, level route of a few kilometres. As I have indicated on my introduction page the majority of my reviews here relate to attractions identified along this walk. Continue reading “Walk the Port”

Glenelg Jetty – For Your Next Promenade


If you have read my review on Glenelg beach you will be aware of the restrictions put on people (particularly males) bathing on the beach during day light hours in the second half of the 19th century and, when the bathing was eventually permitted during the day, the restrictions on bathing attire that could be worn into the 20th century. Continue reading “Glenelg Jetty – For Your Next Promenade”

Semaphore Heritage Walk


Regular readers of my entries will be aware that I am a big fan of heritage/historical walks around towns and villages. They often give a more realistic feel for a place and its history than visiting the main tourist attractions. If you have time the Heritage Walk in Semaphore is worthy the hour or so it takes. The full walk is certainly not a must do and a visit to the items upon which I have prepared individual entries will give you a good feel for the place (most of them are on the walk anyway). Continue reading “Semaphore Heritage Walk”