Gayle Beveridge is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards and her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing. Gayle is passionate about family, writing, photography, and with Victoria’s beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
Published August 27th 2015
Why are there Aussie Gums in this Japanese Garden?
Osawano Japanese Gardens in Wellington, NSW are set against a backdrop of open rural spaces and rolling hills. These carefully laid out gardens are delightful. It is June when we visit, the trees are in bud and we can only imagine how magnificent the gardens will be come spring.
There are more than 1500 plants representing 146 species. The cherry blossoms bloom in spring and in autumn, maple leaves paint a colourful landscape.
Osawano Japanese Gardens against a back drop of rural spaces and rolling hills.
We pass through a covered wooden entrance with a tiled roof. A small hill, a man made mountain in miniature is planted with maples and conifers. From the other side of the 'mountain' a waterfall springs. The water cascades along a stream of ponds before gurgling its way under several bridges to a reflection pool.
A water pavilion sits over a reflection pool, an obvious favourite of the ducks. Come at the right time of year and you will see ducklings. We sit in the pavilion and look over the pool. On a tiny island a statue of a fish spews forth a fine spout of water. White and orange Koi are plentiful and move gently through the pool.
There are water features throughout and a 4.5 metre stone lantern tower faces the street. Paths wind through gardens of shrubbery and between hedges. Eucalypts of significant size and age form part of the garden, a perfect blend of Australian and Japanese and a tribute to the sister cities of Wellington and Osawano.
An Aussie gum tree in a Japanese garden, symbolic of sister cities Wellington and Osawano.
The gardens were established in Wellington in 1999 after Osawano presented a gift of $270,000 to the Wellington Town Council for the purpose. The gardens were opened by the Mayor of Osawano Maachi, Mr Tadao Nakasai with Wellington Mayor, Mark Griggs.
Treat yourself to a picnic on the lawns or get a bite to eat at the Wellington Caves Café across the road. These gardens are small but are a pleasant interlude to Wellington's other attractions. You might like to book onto a tour of the Cathedral and Gaden Caves and the old Phosphate Mine. There is a significant bird aviary behind the café where you will see parrots and cockatoos from all over Australia.
Osawano Japanese Gardens are at the Wellington Caves Complex, Caves Road, Wellington, NSW, about 40 minutes' drive from Dubbo. The gardens are free to enter and are accessible at any time. Contact the Wellington Tourist Centre for information on 1800 621 614 or the Caves Complex on (02) 6845 2970. Paths are level and wheelchair friendly. There are public toilets, parking and a café at the Wellington caves complex across the road. The gardens can be booked for weddings, parties or other events.