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Published September 23rd 2017
The Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan is 416 hectares of Australian native flora in the south western suburb of Mt Annan near Campbelltown. As a celebration of the Bicentenary of Australia it was opened in 1988 and has been growing into a magnificent showpiece of over 2000 species of native flora.
As can be seen below there are many different areas to visit that are linked by a circular roadway and crisscrossed by walking tracks. There are also extensive graded trails for mountain bikes at the eastern edge of the garden.
There is plenty to see & do at Mt Annan and you would need to come more than once to appreciate it fully. Birdwatchers, photographers, families, cyclists and garden lovers were some of the people we saw enjoying the garden on our recent visit. There is a activity top ten list.
Areas of natural beauty are interspersed with themed gardens among the unmissable areas are the Big Ideas Garden and the Connections Garden. The memorial to the Stolen Generations, and the human involvement sundial are well worth a visit as is the Australian PlantBank which is a very important scientific and research facility for the conservation of Australian plants.
Each season there is a series of events and activities such as 'Cinema Under The Stars' and 'Birdwatcher's Breakfast'. Guided walking and drive tours are run regularly and there is a full program of activities scheduled for the upcoming school holidays.
There is plenty of space for people to spread out with BBQ and picnic shelters among wattle, woodlands, banksias and beside water features. The onsite cafe Melaleuca House is located in the heart of the garden next to the visitor centre and award winning children's playground.
A natural vista with views to the mountains (image JW)