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    Posted by Krystle Aunger June 10, 2014 - 870 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #adelaide  #garden  #picnic  #BotanicGardens  #MtLofty  #Adelaide Hills 

    Recently I went exploring Mt Lofty Botanic Garden to soak up the brown and red leafy tones of autumn, and to have a picnic.


    Located 30 minutes from Adelaide on the eastern side of Mt Lofty in the Adelaide Hills, Mt Lofty Botanic Garden is 100 hectares of beautiful. It’s accessible by car to the upper or lower car park, or by metro bus (upper car park only). Mt Lofty Botanic Garden is one of three Botanic Gardens in South Australia.


    There are so many facets of the hilly Garden to explore on foot, but before you get exploring I suggest taking a map (or a photo of the map) from the signboard at one of the Garden’s entrances. It’s too easy to get confused by the trail signposts and lost on the trails. Once you’re map equipped then you’re ready to explore!


    The main Lake near the lower car park is like a centre point for the Garden with many tails beginning and ending here. Trail names are pretty self-explanatory so you’ll know what to expect from the names, like Fern Gully, Rhododendron Gully, South American Gully, Magnolia Gully, Heritage Rose Garden and so on. The trails do get quite steep, as the Garden is set on the side of a mountain, so make sure you’ve got appropriate footwear and plenty of gusto to get you about.


    I packed a picnic on my visit, as there are no food outlets if you get hungry or thirsty, but here is plenty of space to find a quiet spot to spread a picnic blanket. Near the lower car park is a popular picnic spot for families, so it can get noisy at that part of the Garden, but walk a little further on and options are endless.


    The best time to visit the Garden is autumn or spring. During autumn the leaves of the deciduous plants put on a spectacular colour show of yellows, reds, oranges and browns. In the spring blossoms burst from plants and fragrance fills the air.


    Mt Lofty Botanic Garden is open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4pm. Weekends and public holidays 10am -5pm (extended to 6pm in summer).


    Fern Gully


    Moat lake with gazebo (this isn't even the main lake, that's far bigger!)


    View up the steep slopes beyond the moat lake


    Trees surrounding the popular picnic area near the Lower Car Park 


    View beyond the Adelaide Hills from the Upper Car Park area