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North Coast Regional Botanic Garden

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by Mikaela Robertson (subscribe)
I'm a young mum living on the Mid North Coast of NSW. I'm the author of Rise and Shine: 101 Days of Inspiration for New Mothers. Visit my blog at
Published June 18th 2018
My family has been visiting the Botanic Gardens in Coffs Harbour for a number of years now. It's one of those places you can't resist going back to again and again.

North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Coffs Harbour, Picnic, family outings,
It's hard to believe we're in the centre of town!

Located in the centre of Coffs Harbour, this easy-access, 20-hectare garden has plenty of free parking available. Entry is free but gold coin donations are appreciated. There are wheelchairs available for hire at the entrance. Here, you can also find all the information you'll need, including a large map of the area.

The gardens are a favourite for all ages. For young families, the green grassy areas and sweet sensory gardens offer great places for little ones to explore and play. Five kilometres of wide paths around the gardens offer a great walk no matter your fitness level, and most are accessible for wheelchairs and prams. Older children can have fun exploring the different gardens, where there are plenty of animals, signs and information to keep curious minds busy. Different interest groups are often seen in various pockets of the gardens, taking photos, writing notes, and spotting wildlife. Sections of the gardens are even available to hire for events, including weddings and parties.

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Perfect spot for a family picnic in the sun

For a picnic, take a blanket (the grass is often damp), as well as a ball to throw and kick around on one of the larger grassy areas. Take some old bread to feed the ducks in the Japanese Friendship Garden or the enormous fish in the pond near the entrance.

The Botanic Garden hosts popular events throughout the year, including Harmony Day, Seniors Week, Japanese Children's Day, Christmas Lights and more.

Exploring the Mangrove Boardwalk

The different sections in the garden include: The Japanese Friendship Garden, Waterwise Garden, Mangrove Boardwalk, Garlambirla Creek Walk, Sensory Garden, Rainforest Section and various international and regional sections, which include rare and endangered species.

A Photographer's Delight!

The volunteer-run Garden Café is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am - 2pm. It is located just within the entrance and has large tables and chairs for easy access.

The Information Shop at the entrance has a range of gifts and there are also plants available for purchase.

If you'd like to know a bit more about the garden, its history and its many different plant species, you can join in a guided education tour on the third Thursday of each month. Ask at the entrance desk about these as you will need to book.

Whether you'd like to have a nice family picnic in lovely surrounds, go for a walk somewhere shady and enticing, or take your elderly relatives for morning tea, this is one spot you're sure to enjoy many times over.
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Why? An easy go-to spot for the whole family to enjoy
When: Gardens are open daily 9am - 5pm. The Garden Café is only open Tuesday-Friday from 10am-2pm.
Phone: (02) 6648 4188
Where: Centre of Coffs Harbour
Cost: Free (gold coin donation is appreciated)
Your Comment
Nice write up Mikaela, haven't been there for ages! Sounds like you are living in an area I know well, lovely isn't it?
by Kate Blake (score: 3|1497) 1567 days ago
thanks Michaela. I didn't know that Coffs had Botanic Gardens.
by May Cross (score: 3|8202) 1567 days ago
Great article Mikaela. Such lovely photos as well.
by Leanne McCabe (score: 1|10) 1561 days ago
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