Garden Walks

Views of the garden walks

Click here to download a Garden Map. Then grab your hat and camera and take off to explore one of our picturesque walking trails that meander for more than 12 kilometres.

Children's Walk

20 minutes (400 metres)
Head into the eremophila garden from the Visitor Centre and search for the rusty animals hidden among the beautiful arid land garden.  Before leaving the Visitor Centre, pick up an Animal Discovery brochure and children can mark off the animals as they find them or download one before you arrive.  All paths are wheelchair and pusher friendly with seating along the way.

Highlights Walk

30 minutes (800 metres)
Start from our award-winning visitor centre and take a stroll through our beautiful and nationally significant Eremophila Garden which also features some intriguing sculptures. Be amazed by our award-winning AridSmart Garden which demonstrates how easy it is to create a beautiful waterwise garden at home. Discover some of the important medicinal and food plants used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years and view our collection of Rare Plants, many of which teeter on the brink of extinction.

Regional Walk

40 minutes (1.4 kilometres)
Stroll through several distinct ‘regions’ including the Flinders Ranges, Gawler Ranges and Great Victoria Desert then marvel at the vivid red sand dunes that occur naturally on this site. Stop at the boardwalk lookout to take in spectacular views, especially at sunset, across the garden to the ancient Flinders Ranges and to learn a bit more about Australia’s unique desert plants and animals. Then take a breather in one of the bird hides and enjoy the antics of the many native birds that live here before returning to the visitor centre via our Rare and Threatened Plant collection.

Red Cliff Walk

2 hours (4.5 kilometres)
Wind your way through a diverse range of regional landscapes including dappled woodlands, expansive areas of natural dune vegetation and vast saltbush (chenopod) plains dotted with claypans. Stroll along dramatic red clifftops to the Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout and soak up spectacular views to the Flinders Ranges and the tip of Spencer Gulf. Discover how the fascinating grey mangrove thrives in conditions that are fatal for most other plants, and view our Robert Brown Collection. This is an exhibition of the plant species first collected at this historic site in 1802 by botanist Robert Brown when he accompanied Matthew Flinders on his scientific ‘voyage of discovery’ aboard The Investigator. Look for dolphins playing in the gulf waters and the tiny shorebirds that fly all the way from Siberia to feed on these rich mudflats. And keep an eye open for some of our resident reptiles!

We recommend sensible shoes and drinking water for this walk.