Bicentennial Conservatory



Stop, look and listen for the stunning birds, impressive insects, lowland rainforest plants and impressive canopy of trees that make up the ecosystem in the Bicentennial Conservatory. Built in celebration of Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary, and designed by South Australian architect Guy Marron, it is the largest single span conservatory in the Southern Hemisphere.

The building is curvilinear in shape – 100 metres long, 47 metres wide and 27 metres high. An elegant steel superstructure supports the 2,434 metres2 of toughened glass, which forms the roof, walls and doors. Its glistening and distinctive shape is a landmark, particularly for visitors flying in to Adelaide.

Inside the Bicentennial Conservatory you'll find a lush display of lowland rainforest plants from northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the nearby Pacific Islands. Many of these plants are at risk or endangered in their natural habitats.

A lower walkway winds across the undulating forest floor and an upper walkway takes visitors into the canopy of trees and palms. Both walkways have full wheelchair access.

Opening hours

Daily 10:00am to 4:00pm (5pm during daylight saving).

Admission free

Tour groups are welcome and commercial tour operators should contact (+61 8) 8222 9311.

For school or group bookings, please contact (+61 8) 8222 9311.