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Kuranga Native Nursery & Paperbark Cafe

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published July 23rd 2019
Three reasons to visit
Nursery sign
Simple sign at the entrance.

Three experiences at the one location. That's what you encounter at the Kuranga Native Nursery and Paperbark Café at 118 York Road Mt. Evelyn. Plants, food and gifts.

The nursery, café and shop entrance.

It's a horticultural experience just wandering around the nursery. Kuranga claims to have the largest range of native Australian plants anywhere, and after only a few minutes of wandering the well laid out displays, it would be difficult to prove otherwise.

The groundcover section with the outdoor section of the café in the background.

Ever heard of an epacris mucronulata or a lasiopessalum baueri. No, either have I, but they have them. They also have gum trees and grevilleas.

A small pond surrounded by plants.

Even if you don't know what you are looking for, you will find it there. Every plant is labelled and grouped in sizes, such as ground cover, small shrubs, large shrubs, small trees large trees, etc. There are always wandering staff to assist.

Metal emus
Two emus at pond side.

Scattered all around the garden are hundreds of metal garden ornaments of all shapes and sizes.

Red back spider
Something for the toilet seat.

Metal birds
Guardians of the garden.

No matter what time of the year you are there, you will always find a plant in bloom to add colour to your garden all year round.

Something is always in bloom.

Enter the fernery and you could almost be in a miniature rain forest, with a large number of different ferns available, both big and small.

Fabulous ferns

Feeling peckish? The on-site Paperbark Café will alleviate your food cravings. They are open for breakfast and lunch and everything in between. Really good coffee and a large range of slices and cakes for morning or afternoon tea. They offer a seasonal menu featuring local ingredients and a subtle native bush food twist.

Café sign
Above the café entrance.

Café interior
The business end of the café.

I was there for a late breakfast, starting with a hot coffee. It was a cold day and holding the coffee cup with both hands warmed the inner and outer me.

Cup of coffee.
My hot cappuccino.

Coffee machine.
The coffee factory.

The coffee was so nice I ordered a second one to go with my meal. I was pleased to be able to order a 'custom' meal rather than exactly what was on the menu, always a good sign of good customer service. The café wasn't crowded so my order arrived very quickly.

My 'custom' breakfast.

Their gift shop is well stocked with a diverse range of Australian made gifts, many unusual and unique. I thought the prices were a little high on some items, but can you put a price on uniqueness?

Shop interior
Some of the huge range of gifts.

One section of the preserves on offer.

The products available range from preserves, crockery, pottery, books, stuffed Australian animal toys, soaps. I even spied a couple of tea pots among the pottery items.

The crockery section.

Soft toys.
The soft toys.

If you look up you will see a multitude of wind chimes hanging from the ceiling, just waiting for a rush of air.

Wind chimes
Wind chimes hanging from the roof.

If you are looking for something different for a gift then this is certainly the place for it, if you can bear to part with it after purchasing.

Nursery and café open at 8.30 every morning until 5.00 pm., seven days of the week.

You can grow it, eat it or give it.
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Where: 118 York Road, Mt. Evelyn. Melways map: 52 K.3.
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