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Published February 22nd 2012
Native Raspberry
Native Raspberries grow in abundance in this bush tucker garden

Balaangala, a quiet, interesting bush tucker garden lies tucked away behind Mt Cootha in Brisbane's west, Traditional Country of the Turrubul People.
Balaangala Garden entrance with Mt Cootha in the background

Around 2008, volunteers from Balaangala Community Group began transforming the weed covered slope into organised terraces and planting natives on this pleasant site next to the Community Gardens at The Gap.
Clear labels indicate the Traditional name of the plant and its use

There is a shady lawn, known as the "yarning space" for conducting ceremonies and talks, with pathways winding off among the unusual plants growing on the hillside. Native grasses with delicious seeds seem to entice native birds such as rosellas and rainbow lorikeets, while the reeds are used in basket weaving projects and workshops.
Grevillea growing in the garden

Clear labels mark most plants, stating the traditional Aboriginal name, botanical name and medicinal or craft uses, so you'll be sure to learn something about Indigenous culture from your visit.
Fruit of the native Kangaroo Apple
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Why? Learn to recognise your local bush tucker
Where: Balaangala Garden, 98 Yoorala St The Gap
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