Autumn Colours at Mount Lofty



Every year, as the leaves turn in autumn, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden's cool-climate trees transform into a panorama of scarlets, yellows and bronzes, attracting people from all over!

While it's impossible to predict when the colours will look their best (inclement weather can drastically affect how long the leaves hang around for), between Easter and Mother's Day is the safest bet to see the Garden in its autumn prime.

To add to the spectacle, various activities will be on offer through this period.

Live music

The Band of SA Police will perform a free concert on Saturday 21 April from 12-2pm in the Arboretum, near the Lower Car Park (enter off Lampert Road).

Plant Sale

Take a piece of the Botanic Gardens home with you via the Friends Growing Group Plant Sale on Saturday 21 April from 10:30am to 4.30pm and Sunday 22 April from 10:30am to 2:30pm (weather permitting).

The Sale will take place in the Garden's Lower Car Park.

The plants are collected from our three Botanic Gardens (Adelaide, Mount Lofty and Wittunga) and are grown at Mount Lofty's Nursery by the Friends Growing Group.

Visit the Friends of the Botanic Gardens website for a full list of the plants on sale.

Pop-up cafe

Uraidla's The Owl & The Elephant café will be set up in the Chris Steele Scott Pavilion each weekend from March, selling coffee, cakes, water and soft drinks.

While some drinks will be on sale, drinking water isn't available at the Garden, so we recommend you bring enough with your for your visit.


Stirling-based Locapops will be selling organic local fruit ice-blocks for $5 each in the Arboretum from 11am to 3pm.

School Holiday Program

The Botanic Gardens' April School Holiday Program heads to Mount Lofty in April! Kids aged 9-13 can join a fun-filled Autumn Colours Mobile Photography session ($15) on Tuesday 24 April or Thursday 26 April (10:30am to 11:30am), learning photography skills, macro photography using a 30x lens attachment (provided) and editing via mobile apps while exploring the beautiful garden.

Bookings must be made via our Eventbrite page, but be quick - spots are limited and this will sell out!

Guided walks

Free guided tours of the Garden are available every Thursday, departing at 10.30am from the Lower Car Park, and on Saturday 21 April at various times between 11-2pm, from the Arboretum.

For more information or to organise special interest or private walks visit the Friends of the Botanic Gardens website.


Learn new skills in beautiful surrounds with fun and hands-on expert-led Masterclass!

Find out how to create new plants from old ones using a variety of techniques and species with our Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices Masterclass on Thursday 19 April or Sunday 6 May (bookings via Eventbrite).

Or, if you want to create dazzling ornamental shapes in your garden, join our Ancient Art of Topiary Workshop on Thursday 10 May (bookings via Eventbrite).


Additional carparking will be available at Piccadilly Oval (cnr Piccadilly & Atkinson Roads) on the following dates:

  • Easter long weekend - 30-31 March and 1-2 April
  • School holiday weekends - 14-15, 21-22 & 28-29 April
  • ANZAC Day- 25 April
  • Mother’s Day- 13 May

Please note: there will be a drop-off/pick-up zone in the bus area in the Garden's Lower Car Park.