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Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden

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Published October 29th 2014

Wow spring has sprung! What better way to celebrate this by visiting this hidden treasure right here in Dee Why. Many motorists pass this park everyday - it's located very close to the very bisy intersection of Pittwater road and Warringah road and Harbord road.

This Flora reserve was officially opened in 1961. Volunteers meet every Tuesday and Saturday to help maintain this hidden oasis. The park is open from 8 till sunset. If you want to help, call - 99422111 and ask about becoming a volunteer, tools and tea is provided!

Dee Why is full of apartment blocks and if you have recently downsized and miss gardening - well come on down and join in all the fun! It's suitable for all levels from new comers to experienced gardeners. Plants are propagated from seeds and cuttings which is found in the nursery.

It's the perfect garden for a barbeque at it's well equipped with seatings for 20 persons with two free electric barbeques! The barbeque are well maintained by Warringah council.

There's ample parking during the weekend with no time limit. That's really good, but during the week there's a 3 hr limit. There are recycle bins and toilets. There's even a grass area if you prefer to use a rug and do some yoga or have a snooze.

What impresses me most is that it's right here and when you enter this park you imagine you are in a jungle. All your stresses of everyday life just goes and you start to notice the plants, the flowers the trees and if you take a moment to just sit on the many benches in this park you can meditate. My favourite is looking at the small waterfall and just watching the water flow to the pond which has frogs. Around the pond are benches carefully placed where 20 people can all take part in any activity, from singing to chanting to meditating or just having friendly discussions.

There are signs all along the well marked tracks enticing us to "feel" or "crush" an "smell" a leaf, and signs asking us to look up or "feel" the bark of a tree! It's a wonderful place for the whole family and they even have a wheel chair accessible track!

I've been there several times and sometimes people bring their guitars or flute and serenade us as we cook on the barbecues or perhaps as we are walking along the many tracks.

The park sits on 3.3 hectares of sandstone escarpment. There are a few stone benches which are carefully located where you can sit and enjoy the clean air from the forest. It's very calming. You can almost forget that you are in the middle of a very busy place. Very little traffic noise can be heard.

This garden has a rainforest gully, sandstone heath, where you can experience climate changes. here's also an area for fire flowers - these flowers re germinate more readily after a fire. Like our Christmas bush.

Last of all I need to mention the many birds which serenade us with their happy voices, they are the currawongs and wattle birds and I have also seen the bush turkeys.

There are lots of leaflets at the entrance of the park and on it's many walks-great to educate ourselves! Also as you leave do drop a gold coin in the donation box. It's well worth a visit but now it's not my secret paradise any more! Let's just share it then!

Come and enjoy your sensors - smell, hear, see and even taste!
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Where: 810 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why NSW 2099
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