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Regional Groups - Member Socities

ANPSA consists of eight affiliated Member Societies, one for each of the six Australian states plus the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. Although there is regular contact between the Regions, each is independent and responsible for managing its own affairs and memberships within its geographical area. Each Member Society publishes a regular newsletter for its members who generally reside within the geographical area covered by the particular Society, but this is not mandatory. Regular Regional meetings allow members to hear expert speakers on a range of topics related to the Australian flora.

Within each Member Society, District Groups have been established to enable members who live in the same locality to meet regularly and to participate in activities such as bushwalks, plant propagation workshops, plant identification sessions, garden visits and local meetings with qualified guest speakers. There are almost 100 District Groups throughout Australia. Further information on these District Groups is provided below.

The District Groups operate under the rules and regulations of the Member Society in which they are located but have their own elected executive and generally issue a regular newsletter covering local activities. District Groups may charge a small fee to cover their administration expenses.

All Member Societies and some District Groups have established web sites which provide information on local contacts, local nurseries, local plant reserves and on Australian plants suited to the local area.

Further information on joining the Society can be found here.

Different Names

Because the Member Societies are independent, they operate under several different names as follows:

Name Applies in......
Native Plants Queensland Queensland
Australian Plants Society New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria
Australian Native Plants Society Canberra
Wildflower Society of Western Australia Western Australia
Top End Native Plants Society Northern Territory

For simplicity, the term "The Society" is used on this site to refer to ANPSA and to each of the Member Societies.

Member Societies: Features and Services

All Member Societies offer a number of common benefits including Regional Meetings, featuring expert speakers, and a variety of field trips and excursions. Other services and benefits offered may vary slightly between the Regions as do the publications provided to members, as outlined below.

  • Australian Native Plants Society Canberra Region
    • Monthly Bulletin summarising dates and times of activities and functions.
    • Journal, published 3 or 4 times per year, containing articles by members.
    • Quarterly colour journal "Australian Plants" (optional extra; additional fee required).
  • Australian Plants Society - New South Wales
    • Quarterly 48 page Newsletter "Native Plants for New South Wales" which contains details of coming events, information about Society matters and articles by members.
    • Quarterly colour journal "Australian Plants".
    • Free seed bank.
  • Native Plants Queensland (SGAP Queensland)
    • Quarterly journal which contains details of coming events, information about Society matters and articles by members.
    • Quarterly colour journal "Australian Plants".
    • Free seed bank.
  • Australian Plants Society South Australian Region
    • Quarterly 40 page "Journal" which contains details of coming events, information about Society matters and articles by members.
    • Quarterly colour journal "Australian Plants" (optional extra within Australia; additional fee required).
    • Free seed bank.
  • Australian Plants Society Tasmania
    • Quarterly 36 page newsletter, "Eucryphia", which contains details of coming events, information about Society matters and articles by members.
    • Quarterly colour journal "Australian Plants".
  • Top End Native Plants Society (Northern Territory)
    • Regular newsletter.
  • Australian Plants Society Victoria
    • Quarterly 56 page "Newsletter" which contains details of coming events, information about Society matters and articles by members.
    • Quarterly colour journal "Australian Plants" (optional extra within Australia; additional fee required).
    • Free seed bank.
  • Wildflower Society of Western Australia
    • Quarterly 44 page "Newsletter" which contains details of coming events, information about Society matters and articles by members.
    • Quarterly colour journal "Australian Plants" (unless "Newsletter Only" membership is taken up).

Please refer to the web sites of each Member Society (above) for further information about membership benefits.

Regional Climates

If you are contemplating joining from outside Australia, it would be preferable to select a Member Society which operates in a similar climate zone to your own place of residence. The following is a rough guide, however, it should be realised that some Regions cover several zones:


Climatic Zone Features ANPSA Member Societies
Alpine Low winter temperatures with frosts and snow; cool summers Tasmania
Cool Temperate Low winter temperatures with frosts during the cooler months; warm summers Tasmania
Temperate Low winter temperatures with frosts during the cooler months; warm to hot summers Canberra
Warm Temperate Mild winters with light frosts away from the coast; hot summers New South Wales, Victoria
Mediterranean Cool to cold, wet winters; hot summers with low rainfall South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia
Sub-tropical Mild, dry winter and reliable summer rainfall; high summer humidity New South Wales, Queensland
Tropical High temperatures and humidity all year round; heavy summer rainfall Queensland, Western Australia, Top End
Inland Very hot, dry summers with cold nights; cold winters All except Canberra and Tasmania

Further information on Australian climate zones is available from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

District Groups

District Groups are located throughout Australia and allow Society members in a particular regional centre to take part in activities with other local members. Currnt local groups are listed below - further details regarding these groups can be found on the Regional websites - see our Links page

  • Canberra

    Because of the relatively small size of the Australian Capital Territory, there are no District Groups in the Canberra Region.

  • New South Wales

    Armidale and District, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Central West (Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo), Coffs Harbour, East Hills, Hawkesbury (Windsor/Richmond), Hunter Valley, Illawarra, Macarthur (Campbelltown/Camden), Menai, Newcastle, North Shore (Sydney), Northern Beaches (Manly to Palm Beach), Nowra, Parramatta and the Hills, South East Region (south coast), Southern Highlands (Mittagong, Moss Vale), Southern Tablelands (Goulburn district), Sutherland, Tamworth.

  • Northern Territory

    Australian Plants Society Alice Springs - this is an independent organisation and is not affiliated with ANPSA (Contact: C/- Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd Alice Springs NT 0870. Email: apsalicesprings@yahoo.com.au).

  • Queensland

    Brisbane (South Side), Brisbane (Western Suburbs), Brisbane (Daytime), Caboolture Daytime, Cairns, Gladstone, Innisfail, Ipswich, Kingaroy and Districts, Logan River, Mackay, Pine Rivers, Rockhampton, Samford, Sunshine Coast and Hinterland, Tablelands, Townsville, Warwick.

  • South Australia

    Brinkworth, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Fleurieu (Victor Harbour), Karoonda, Kimba and Districts, Northern Yorke Peninsula (Kadina), Para Districts (Gawler), Parrakie, Port Augusta, Southern Eyre Peninsula (Port Lincoln).

  • Tasmania

    Kingborough, Hobart, Northern, North West.

  • Victoria

    Albury/Wodonga, Ballarat, Bendigo, Colac-Otway, East Gippsland (Bairnsdale), Echuca-Moama, Foothills (Melbourne), Geelong, Grampians, Hamilton, Keilor Plains, Latrobe Valley, Loddon-Murray, Maroondah, Melton & Bacchus Marsh, Mildura, Mitchell (Kilmore), Mornington Peninsula, Shepparton, South East Melbourne, South Gippsland, Strathbogie Ranges, Wangaratta, Warrnambool, Waverley, West Gippsland, Wilson Park (Berwick), Wimmera, Wyndham, Yarra Yarra.

  • Western Australia

    Albany, Armadale, Avon, Darling Range, Eastern Hills, Kulin, Lesueur, Merredin, Murdoch, Northern Suburbs, Perth. There are also several affiliated groups.


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