Where to see Australian Plants - South Australia

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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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Cultivated Plants

  • Arid Lands Botanic Garden, Port Augusta

    The Garden was established in 1984 to provide a national focus for arid-zone ecosystem conservation. Conveniently located close to Port Augusta on the shores of Spencer Gulf, the Garden occupies an area of more than 200 hectares and commands superb views of the spectacular and ancient Flinders Ranges. There is an extensive network of walking tracks which enable the original vegetation of the area to be viewed.

    Also featured are special conservation areas where the natural flora can be enjoyed and an Eremophila garden with possibly the largest collection of this genus anywhere.

    The Garden is open 7 days per week and is located on the Stuart Highway, Port Augusta West, 1.4km from the Whyalla turnoff. A visitor centre provides refreshments and toilet facilities.

    For further details see the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens web site.

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  • Nangawooka Flora Reserve, Victor Harbour

    Nangawooka Flora Reserve was established in 1982 on land donated for a Native Flora Reserve by the Victor Harbor Council. It was founded by the Zonta Club of the Fleurieu Peninsula in 1982 with assistance from the Council. The South Coast Field Naturalists became involved a year later. In 1985 a third club became involved - the group which is now known as Fleurieu group of the Australian Plants Society. With the assistance of the Victor Harbor Council, they are now responsible for the planting and maintenance of the park.

    Nangawooka (Land of Springs) contains over 2,000 plants most of which are now named and sign posted. It is envisaged that local plants and eremophilas will form a large part of the future plantings. Australian Plants Society Fleurieu Region conducts plant sales in Spring and Autumn at various venues. Please contact 08 85521784 for further details. Visitors are very welcome.

    Nangawooka is open every day during daylight hours and admission is free. It is also available for Garden Weddings and functions. The Reserve is opposite Urimbirra Wildlife Park, Adelaide Rd, 5 km north of Victor Harbor Post Office.

    Facilities available:
    • Picnic area
    • Toilet
    • Gazebo (erected by the Zonta Club of the Fleurieu Peninsula, in memory of Alison Ashby)
    • Bird hide & haven for native birds.
    • Park benches throughout
    Some bird species that visit Nangawooka
    • Black-chinned Honey eaters
    • Superb Blue Wrens
    • Rainbow Lorikeets
    • New Holland Honey Eaters
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  • Stokes Bay Bush Garden, Kangaroo Island

    Stokes Bay Bush Garden offers an easy look at a unique collection of Kangaroo Island and Australian plants in a three-hectare natural bush setting. The garden offers over 1200 named species, including 150 Kangaroo Island species (17 endemic). There is a large selection of native terrestrial orchids and many banksias and grevilleas.

    Flowers, seeds and timber crafts are available for sale and a picnic area is available.

    Open 10 am to 6pm Sunday to Friday, August to May. Closed during June and July and on Christmas Day.

    The garden is four kilometres from Stokes Bay on the Stokes Bay Road. An admission fee applies; children free.

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  • Wittunga Botanic Garden, Blackwood

    The Wittunga Botanic Garden is operated by the Board of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide. It comprises 15 hectares and is located off Shepards Hill Rd, Blackwood, about 10 km south of Adelaide. The Garden was originally developed privately by Keith Ashby and was opened to the public in 1975.

    The garden is not exclusively devoted to Australian native plants and an excellent collection of southern African species is also present. This enables the enthusiast to compare relationships between these two groups of southern hemisphere plants. Plants in the Protea family from both Australia and South Africa are a feature of the garden. A number of walks have been developed to enable visitors to appreciate the different plants to be found in the Terrace Garden, the Sandplain Garden and the Australian Heathland Garden.

    Admission to the Garden is free and opening times are from 10am to 4pm on weekdays and from 10am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays.

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Predominantly Natural Areas

  • Morgan Conservation Park, Morgan

    This reserve is notable for extensive stands of Callistemon brachyandrus (prickly bottlebrush) which flowers in late spring and into summer. These plants, and the plentiful mistletoe on the box trees (Eucalyptus largiflorens) attract many honeyeaters. Murray lilies (Crinum murrayanum) are also plentiful on the sand banks.

    The Reserve is located across the Murray River from Morgan town.


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