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Mt Penang Gardens

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Published August 21st 2019
A garden that is filled with stunning vistas & tranquility
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and experience tranquillity with stunning vistas, beautiful flora and the sounds of abundant birdlife.



Mt Penang Gardens in Gosford is the perfect city escape and being within an hour drive from Sydney CBD, it makes for the perfect day trip.



Opening in November 2003, Mt Penang Gardens sits on 19.8 acres (8 hectares) of native beauty. The distinctive design of the Gardens sets it apart from traditional botanical gardens. It was designed by Anton James and his design of a garden within a garden produces an understated landscape.

The bridge leading into the Gardens


The gardens are also home to 12 unique Garden Rooms, Sculptures and Cascading Waterways. Each individual 'garden exhibit' is set on and around a large sculptural plateau and walled spaces, abstract pergolas, fountains, ponds, cascades, as well as a 35-metre cantilevered steel footbridge.

Discovering hidden pathways


There are over 70 percent of native plants to Australia which can be found along the waterways and stunning summer aquatic gardens. It is truly awe-inspiring on how the creative ways in which modern landscapes and Australian native flora marry so well together as well as creating beautiful seasonal displays.



There is a Discovery Trail to experience at the gardens. The Trail meanders through the gardens, passing Bulbous Bottle Trees, Dragon Gardens strange cacti and succulents to the fascinating Wondabyne Stone Sculpture Garden.

Views from the Wondabyne Stone Sculpture Garden


The trail also passes through stunning water lilies and lotus flowers at the Aquatic Garden and the drought-tolerant displays to the playful puddle gardens. Every pathway leads to a new world of flora and fauna discoveries...



The Gardens exhibits include:

Rainforest Garden
Sculpture Garden
Misty Mountains Garden

The Misty Mountains & Rainforest Exhibit


Summer Aquatic Garden
Waterfall Exhibit
Lotus Flower Exhibit

The Summer Aquatic Garden, Waterfall & Lotus Flower Exhibits


Puddle Garden
Wondabyne Sculpture Garden
Bottle Tree Garden

The Puddle Garden, Wondabyne Sculpture Garden & Bottle Tree Garden


Obelisk Display
Grassed Amphitheatre
Queensland Box Trees

The Obelisk Display, Grassed Amphitheatre, & Queensland Box Trees Exhibit


Barefoot Fissure
Dragon Garden
Rock Garden

The Barefoot Fissure, Dragon Garden & Rock Garden


Gondwana Garden
Kangaroo Paw Mounds
Barbecue Area

The Gondwana Garden & Kangaroo Paw Mouds


There are Walking Garden Tours, Moment in Time Historical Bus Tour and Wondabyne Stone Sculptures Tour. For more information on tours available at the Gardens see website.
There is an off-leash dog area which is a permanent year-round-off-leash dog area which is located off Parklands Rd and MaCabe Roads in the Parklands.



Bring a picnic or take advantage of the free barbecue facilities at the gardens, meditate at one of the exhibits, take a stroll, kick a ball around or just simply lay back and take in the serene surrounds...with so many things to see and do at Mt Penang Parklands it is the perfect outing for everyone to enjoy, including your fur baby!



Mt Penang Parklands is also home to the Parkrun which occurs every Saturday at 8am- see website for more details.


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Why? A beautiful attraction to visit
When: Daily, 24hrs
Phone: (02) 4340 1002
Where: 16 The Avenue, Kariong
Cost: Free
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