Where to see Australian Plants - New South Wales

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Cultivated Plants

Predominantly Natural Areas (not National Parks)

In compiling this list, National Parks have been omitted. As all National Parks exist for the preservation of flora and fauna, it is obvious that any of the Parks throughout Australia are worth a visit by the plant enthusiast. Further details of National Parks can be found from the appropriate Parks Authority.

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  • Albury Botanic Gardens - Rainforest Walk

    The Albury Botanic Gardens were established in 1877 and cover an area of 4 hectares on the alluvial flood plain of the Murray River. They are located off Wodonga Place, Albury

    Local conditions have allowed the establishment of numerous rainforest trees and shrubs from Queensland and northern New South Wales. The rainforest walk includes specimens of red cedar (Toona ciliata), native teak (Flindersia australis), firewheel tree (Stenocarpus sinuatus), Illawarra flame tree (Brachychiton acerifolius), ferns and many other species. The walk takes about 40 minutes to complete and starts north of the main gate.

    For further information phone the Gardens on 02 6023 8241.

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  • Arboretum, Broken Hill

    This arboretum was planted about 15 years ago in commemoration of Albert Morris and is being rejuventated. The Arboretum has a good assortment of local trees and shrubs. It is at present a work in progress and there are very few signs to help folks know what they are looking at. That is going to happen in the next financial year along with lots of upgrading so that it will become a little oasis right in town.

    The Arboretum is a public park beside the plaza in Broken Hill. It is between Mercury and Pell Streets and is open every day.

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  • Burrendong Arboretum

    Burrendong Arboretum is located on the shores of Lake Burrendong, about 25km from Wellington in central-western New South Wales approximately 250km from Sydney. The Arboretum has one of the largest collections of Australian plants in cultivation. Over 50,000 flowering plants from more than 2,000 species are growing on the 167 hectare site.

    Development of the Arboretum was commenced in 1964 primarily with voluntary labour and this remains an important component of its continued maintenance. The Arboretum has been particularly successful in growing plants from Western Australia and from areas of low rainfall. There are plants in flower at all times of the year but late winter to early summer sees a spectacular display as species of Hakea, Grevillea and Acacia come into bloom.

    The great variety of plants attracts many birds - 158 species have been recorded, many of them nesting.

    One of the main features is the Fern Gully, a cool oasis created under an enormous brush canopy covering 5,500 sq metres. The gully is lined with palms, tree ferns and rainforest species and one of the largest collections of Australian ferns in cultivation covers the floor.

    The Arboretum is open daily and a small entry fee is requested to help with maintenance. Camping, caravans, food and petrol are available at the nearby Burrendong State Recreation Area. For further details contact the Curator, Mumbil via Wellington, NSW, 2850. Phone: 02 6846 7454.

    For further information see the Burrendong Arboretum web site.

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  • Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, Motto Farm

    The Gardens are located adjacent to the Pacific Highway about 3 km north of the Hexham bridge. The township of Raymond Terrace lies about 4 km further north. The Gardens are the result of community initiative. Areas established include the Acacia Garden, Palm Garden, Aboriginal Garden and the Grevillea Garden. The latter contains several hundred plants and over 120 species from all parts of Australia.

    The Gardens are open every day of the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Anzac Day from 9 am to 4 pm. For further information phone (02) 4987 1655.

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  • Illawarra Grevillea Park, Bulli

    This Park has been developed very much through the determination of Ray Brown, a well known wholesale nurseryman and Grevillea enthusiast of Bulli. The Park is located at the rear of the Bulli Showground, Pacific Highway, Bulli, about 60 km south of Sydney (turn off the Highway at the Bulli Bowling Club).

    Despite the name, the Park is not solely devoted to the genus Grevillea; a wide range of Australian plants from many different genera are being cultivated. The Park does, however, contain one of the best and most comprehensive collections of Grevilleas in cultivation including species from the Northern Territory and Western Australia, many of which have been grafted to improve reliability in eastern Australia. Development of the collection has been assisted by the Society's Grevillea Study Group.

    The park is open on selected dates from 10am to 4pm. Further details on opening times can be obtained from the Park's web site. Barbecue and picnic facilities are available.

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  • Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve, Kareela

    This is a project of the Sutherland Shire Council and is located in Sydney's southern suburbs in Manooka Place via Alpita Street, Kareela. The Society's Sutherland District Group is keenly involved in the development and maintenance of the reserve. The reserve features native plant species from many parts of Australia and includes a cycad garden, rainforest areas, Hawkesbury sandstone flora, ferns and a mintbush garden. Picnic tables are provided and a self guided walk enables the visitor to appreciate the many plant species.

    The Reserve is open from 7am to 3.30pm (Mon-Fri) and 10am-5pm (Weekends and Public Holidays). The Reserve is closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday. Limited wheelchair access is available into the gardens. Entry is free.

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  • Mt Annan Botanic Garden, Narellan

    This is the Australian native plant garden of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. It is located off Mt Annan Drive, Narellan, about 60km south-west of Sydney. Prominent signs are located on the main Campbelltown - Camden Road (Narellan Road). The Garden was opened to the public in 1984 and covers 400 hectares which include some remnants of the original native flora of the site. Almost all of the cultivated plants on the site have been propagated from wild sources collected from all parts of Australia and include many rare and endangered species.

    Two loop roads (each about 5km long) and over 20 km of walking trails have been established. These connect theme plantings which include the Bottlebrush (Callistemon) Garden, the Wattle (Acacia) Garden, the Banksia Garden and the Western Garden (under development...for plants of western New South Wales). A main feature is the Terrace Garden, a 4.5 hectare site where over 2500 species are set out in family groups.

    A Visitor Centre provides information about the Gardens and includes the Gardens Shop. Refreshments are also on sale. The Garden is open from 10am to 5pm all year round (closed Christmas Day). Entry is $9 per car.

    Further details from PO Box 913, Campbelltown, NSW, 2560. Telephone (02) 4646 2477.

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  • Mt Tomah Botanic Garden

    The Mt Tomah garden is the cool climate annexe of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. It is located in the Blue Mountains on the Bells Line of Road, Mt Tomah, about 100km west of Sydney. It is in a very picturesque location with extensive views over the Bowens Creek catchment and to the mountains to the north.

    The plantings at Mt Tomah are not exclusively Australian and include plants suited to cool climates from all parts of the world. This allows the visitor to view related species of differing origins growing close together (eg Australian Banksia species and South African Protea and Leucadendron).

    A Visitor Centre provides information about the Gardens and includes the Gardens Shop. Refreshments, including light meals are also on sale. The Garden is open from 10am to 4pm (March to September) and 10am to 5pm (October to February). Entry is $5 per car.

    Further information by telephone (02) 4567 2154.

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  • North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Coffs Harbour

    Coffs Harbour is a coastal city approximately 440km north of Sydney. The North Coast Regional Botanic Garden is set on 20 hectares off Hardacre St, about 1km from the city centre. It caters for both Australian and exotic plantings but a principal aim is the cultivation of native flora of the region.

    The garden features a main display area of native and exotic species near the Visitor Centre for those wanting a short walk. Those with more time will appreciate the Mangrove Boardwalk with its bird hide, the endangered species collection, the north coast rainforest area with over 1200 plantings, the sensory garden and the nature trails.

    The Garden is open from 9am to 5pm daily and admission is free. Picnic areas and refreshments are also available.

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  • Sunraysia Oasis Botanic Gardens, Buronga

    These gardens are situated in the Mildura/Buronga area in far western New South Wales adjacent to the Murray River. They cover an area of 150 ha with an initial development of 52 ha of dryland and irrigated gardens.

    As the gardens develop they will include Australian flora from a number of geographical areas - arid tropical flora, arid and semi-arid flora, special interest flora, endangered species, desert dry land flora, mallee area flora, salt tolerant flora. There will also be plantings of flora from Asia, Africa, America and Europe.

    The gardens are open from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Sunday to Friday and admission is free. Access is off the Buronga - Wentworth Road about 5km from Buronga.

    Further information from PO Box 2809, Mildura, Victoria, 3502.

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  • The Wetlands Centre, Shortland

    The Wetlands Centre is located in the Newcastle district (about 120km north of Sydney) on 65ha of wetland along Sandgate Road, Shortland, about 5km from the junction with the Pacific Highway.

    More than 170 species of birds have been recorded here, with at least 30 of these breeding. Large scale plantings of native plant species have been carried out with the assistance of the Newcastle Group of the Society with many colourful and unusual species in the gardens around the Visitor Centre. There are walking trails, a bicycle trail, picnic tables, a bird observation tower and canoes can be hired to explore the more than 7km of waterways.

    The Centre is open from 9am to 5pm daily except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Admission is by donation ($2 per person recommended). The Centre has ramps and special gravel for sound and sight impaired people. It also has award winning native gardens with special gardens for scent. Further details from PO Box 130 Wallsend, NSW, 2287.

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Predominantly Natural Areas

  • Bankstown Native Plants Garden, Picnic Point

    This Garden is a project of the Bankstown City Council and is situated off Sylvan Grove, Picnic Point, in Sydney's south-western suburbs.

    Display gardens of species from various parts of Australia are located near the garden entrance and walking trails enable visitors to view the local flora.

    The Reserve is open on weekdays from 8.00am to 3.30pm. It is also open on weekends during spring and summer. Admission is free.

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  • Crommelin Native Arboretum, Pearl Beach

    This is a small reserve of 4.5 hectares of mainly natural vegetation. The project is maintained by the Pearl Beach Progress Association. The reserve is located off Crystal Ave, Pearl Beach on the New South Wales central coast.

    Self guided walks through the reserve illustrate the different vegetation types and plant species. The reserve is mainly open forest but small areas of rainforest vegetation can be found along the two creeks which dissect the Arboretum. There are also grassland and wetland areas

    The Reserve can be visited at any time.

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  • Eurobodalla Native Botanic Gardens, Batemans Bay

    The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens is situated on a 42 hectare forest site five kilometres south of Batemans Bay of the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. The Gardens displays plant species that occur naturally in the Collecting Region.

    Features include display gardens, walking tracks, picnic and barbeque facilities, an herbarium, information centre and cafe.

    The Gardens are open Wednesday to Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and every day of the NSW School & Public Holidays - except Good Friday and Christmas Day.

    Admission is free.

    For further information see the Eurobodalla Native Botanic Gardens web site.

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  • Fairfield City Indigenous Flora Park, Prairiewood

    The Park was established to protect some of the disappearing flora of western Sydney. To date over 100 indigenous plants have been identified along with numerous birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

    The Park is located on the corner of Christie and Moonlight Roads, Prairiewood and is open on the third Sunday of each month.

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  • Galore Hill Reserve, Lockhart

    Galore Hill is a 400 - 500 hectare reserve with great views over the surrounding plains, 1 hour west of Wagga Wagga. The Reserve is maintained by the Lockhart Shire Council.

    To get there, travel west on the Sturt Highway from Wagga Wagga. After 61 kms, turn left towards Lockhart. Travel on the Lockhart Road for 13 kms, then turn left onto Slocums Lane, and follow the lane to the reserve entrance.

    Further information see the Galore Hill Visitor Brochure which can be downloaded from the Galore Hill section of Lockhart Shire Council's website.
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  • Gilgandra Flora Reserve, Gilgandra

    Gilgandra is a north western inland town about 350km from Sydney. The Reserve is found by taking the Oxley Highway towards Coonabarabran as far as the well signposted turn off to the right about 14 km east of the town. The Reserve is a few kilometres along the side road.

    Located as an oasis of native vegetation within the wheatfields, the Reserve occupies around 8.5 ha. It comprises masses of low colourful shrubs among small eucalypts and is a spectacular sight in spring. A feature is the beautiful pink Phebalium nottii. The reserve is about 75 km from the magnificent Warrumbungle National Park.

    The Reserve is normally unattended. It is open daily and admission is free.

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  • Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve

    The Reserve is located on the Great Western Highway at Glenbrook in the lower Blue Mountains, about 60 km west of Sydney. It covers about 5 hectares and is operated by the Blue Mountains Group of the Society for Growing Australian Plants.

    The Reserve is dedicated to the preservation of the native flora of the Blue Mountains and, although comprising mainly naturally occurring bushland, considerable planting of species from other areas of the Mountains has been carried out. A feature in spring is the spectacular display of the rare Boronia fraseri. A garden area around the Information Centre also includes some species from other parts of Australia. Walking trails through the Reserve enable visitors to view the many species growing on the site. A small, well-stocked nursery area provides a range of native species for sale.

    Opening times are 12 noon to 4pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free.

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  • Katandra Bushland Sanctuary, Ingleside

    The Sanctuary is at Foley's Hill, Lane Cove Road, Ingleside in northern Sydney. There are 16 hectares of undisturbed bushland with winding tracks through heathland and rainforest.

    Open every Sunday during July, August, September and October, and every third Sunday during March, April, May and June.

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  • Living Desert, Broken Hill

    The "Living Desert", featuring the local dryland plants, is located beside the Sculpture Site just about 8 km north-west of Broken Hill. The road (Nine Mile Road) is bitumen up to the entry to the picnic area at the foot of the sculptures. Then there is about 3 km of good gravel road. The site is open during daylight hours. It has fencing that is locked at dusk. There is an Aboriginal Cultural Site inside the same enclosure.

    Council is populating the living desert with native wildllife - there are Euros and Yellow footed rock wallabys along with the usual reptilian sorts - sleepy or shingleback lizards, bearded dragons, dryland goannas and of course the local brown snakes and mulga snakes. The flowers here are magnificent because of the reticulation - they don't have to wait for rain! The area was seeded with Sturt's Desert Peas and they come up in waves usually twice per year in the gullys. Right next door is a hill top site with 12 sandstone sculptures by local and foreign artists - well worth the visit. There is a walking track among the hills.

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  • Ku-Ring-Gai Wildflower Garden, St Ives

    The Wildflower Garden is located off Richmond Ave, St Ives (not far from Mona Vale Rd) in Sydney's northern suburbs and is situated adjacent to the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park,. The Gardens are under the control of the Ku-Ring-Gai Council but the local District Group of SGAP is actively involved in the activities there.

    The Garden covers 123 hectares of urban bushland and features heathland and tall forest, sandstone outcrops, ponds, gullies and waterfalls. There are walking trails through the natural Hawkesbury Sandstone bushland and at various times throughout the year guided walks are undertaken to allow visitors to appreciate some particular aspect of the environment. Around the Information Centre, native species from other parts of Australia have been planted.

    The Wildflower Garden is open daily from 8.00am to 4.00pm except Good Friday, Christmas Day and days of Total Fire Bans. Picnic facilities are available. The Garden has some good paths suitable for wheelchairs (and strollers), and has a disabled toilet.

    For further information see the Ku-Ring-Gai Wildflower Garden web site.

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  • South Pacific Heathland Reserve, Ulladulla

    Ulladulla is a coastal town about 180km south of Sydney. Situated off Dowling St (which comes off the Pacific Highway just south of the business centre of the town), the Reserve covers a magnificant sample of coastal heath.

    A walking trail enables visitors to appreciate the vast diversity of flora and the many birds that frequent the area. Plant species that can be found in the Reserve include the NSW Waratah (Telopea speciosissima), the rare Grevillea barkleyana and the beautiful Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi). Lookouts provide excellent views over the Pacific Ocean and, to the west, the top of the distinctive Pigeon House Mountain can be seen.

    The Reserve is unattended and admission is free. While in the district, a visit to the Ulladulla Wildflower Reserve off Warden St (just west of the business centre) is worthwhile. This preserves a woodland/open forest environment which is a complete contrast to the Heathland Reserve.

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  • Stony Range Flora Reserve, Dee Why

    Stony Range Flora Reserve is a project of the Warringah Group of the Society for Growing Australian Plants. It is situated in the Sydney beachside suburb of Dee Why, off Pittwater Rd, about 200 metres north of the intersection with Warringah Rd.

    A number of walking trails enable visitors to view the local flora to advantage as well as a range of Australian species from other parts of the country.

    The Reserve is open on weekends and admission is free.

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  • Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, Bargo

    The Sanctuary is located on the old Hume Highway between Tahmoor and Bargo about 80km south of Sydney.

    Wirrumbirra Sanctuary is designed as an educational project for nature conservation and covers a large area of native bushland. Nature trails have been constructed through the property and leaflets are available to describe the different plants growing there. A well-stocked nursery provides a good range of native species including many not readily available elsewhere.

    The Sanctuary is open daily and admission is free.

    For further information see the Wirrimbirra Sanctuary web site.

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