4 fun evening activities to enjoy at Adelaide’s botanic gardens this summer

Longer opening hours means more time to enjoy balmy evenings at Adelaide’s botanic gardens. Try these fun ideas.

Make the most of Adelaide’s warm summer nights and lock in a visit to Adelaide Botanic Garden in the city or Wittunga Botanic Garden in Blackwood, which are now open for longer hours.

Whether you’re by yourself or with the family, there’s always something fun to do at the botanic gardens. Here are four ideas to help you make the most of the extended opening hours:

1. Escape and unwind over dinner after a hard day at work

Working in the CBD? Sneak a visit to the Adelaide Botanic Garden after a hard day’s work and let the garden’s enchanting surrounds help you unwind and melt the stress of the day away.

You can pack a picnic or get some takeaway from one of the many amazing restaurants at Adelaide’s lively east end to enjoy in the garden.

Don’t be afraid to eat too much as you can burn off the excess calories right away by enjoying a sunset walk while you’re there.

Adelaide Botanic Garden is open until 7 pm from Monday to Wednesday, and 9 pm from Thursday to Sunday.

2. Check out the nighttime birdlife

With Wittunga Botanic Garden open to the public until 7:00 pm, there is no excuse to not visit this summer.

The garden is a haven for birds and wildlife and evenings is the perfect time to catch them settling in for the day at the garden.

While you’re there, why not try the Wittunga Naming Walk. Grab a Wittunga map and follow the 24 informative signs installed throughout the garden to enjoy this walk at your own pace.

3. Keep an eye out for our nocturnal friends

Dusk is the best time to see nocturnal animals at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

As sunset approaches, you can catch the majestic grey headed flying foxes heading off from the neighbouring Botanic Park for their breakfast and flying overhead through the garden.

With a wingspan of nearly 1 m, grey headed flying foxes are among the world’s largest bats, but despite their size they are strictly vegetarian and feed predominantly on nectar and fruit.

If you’re lucky, you can even spot the resident possums at Adelaide Botanic Garden. They are a bit shy but they generally like to come out at night.

4. Make a night of it with a late evening flick under the stars

A visit to Adelaide Botanic Garden can be a first stop for a special night with your loved ones.

An evening stroll at the garden can conveniently be followed by catching your favorite movie at Moonlight Cinema at Botanic Park, only a short walk from the garden.

This cinematic experience under the stars is loved by families, friends and couples alike, but it only lasts until mid-February.

Make sure you book your tickets for the Moonlight Cinema early so you don’t miss out!

Over the summer months, Adelaide Botanic Garden will remain open from 7:15 am to 7 pm from Monday to Wednesday, and 7:15 am to 9 pm from Thursday to Sunday.

The Wittunga Botanic Garden will be open from 8:30 am to 7 pm every day during the summer months. 

There is plenty to do at the botanic gardens this summer. Read our blog on 5 fun activities to do at Adelaide’s botanic gardens this summer.

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