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Top Botanic Gardens Across Australia

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Published February 19th 2017
Stop and smell the roses at these Botanic Gardens
Australia has one of the most spectacular vast landscapes in the world and it is no doubt that our gardens are breathtakingly gorgeous.

The list below features some of the best Botanic Gardens across Australia.

Be sure to add them to the bucket list!

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a flora wonderland...


New South Wales:

1. Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Where: Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah
When: All year round (closed Christmas Day): 9:30am-5:30pm
Cost: Free
Details: At 1000 metres above sea level, the breathtaking Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is a cool-climate garden which is home to the famous dinosaur tree as well as home to a world-class collection of plant species including the rare Wollemi pines. The tree was discovered in 1994, deep in a gorge in the Wollemi National park! There are daily tours available. Click here for website.

Discover hidden gems at the Blue Mountain Botanic Gardens...


2. Royal Botanic Garden
Where: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
When: All year round: From 7am
Cost: Free
Details: These enchanting gardens feature a tranquil oasis on the edge of one of the world's great natural harbours as well as the perfect escape within the city. The garden offers breathtaking views, free walks daily from 10:30am and 1pm on weekends. The garden also features exhibits, rich Aboriginal history with guided tours and much more. Click here for website.

3. Eurobodalla Botanic Garden
Where: Deep Creek Dam Drive, off Princess Hwy, Batemans Bay
When: All year round
Cost: Free
Details: Situated on 42 hectares of forest, this spectacular South Coast Botanic Garden features displays of plants which occur naturally in the region. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna, including 2000 species of plants, trees and shrubs in the region. You can spot out kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, possums, echidnas, snakes, lizards, frogs and many birds who call these Gardens home. There are display gardens, walking tracks, picnic and barbecue areas, kids playground, visitors centre and café. Click here for my article.

Birdwatching can be enjoyed at Eurobodalla Botanic Garden...


4. Hunter Valley Gardens
Where: Broke Rd, Pokolbin
When: All year round (closed Christmas Day): 9am-5pm
Cost: Adults: $29pp, Children (4-15yrs): $18pp, under 4 free & there are family passes available- see website.
Details: Situated on over 60 acres these spectacular international display gardens feature wonderful and amazing exhibits with over 12 main exhibits as well as other features. There are 8km of walking paths to explore and experience. Click here for my article.

Be inspired at the Hunter Valley Botanic Gardens...


5. The Australian Botanic Garden
Where: 362 Narellan Rd, Mount Annan
When: All year round: Summer: 8am-7pm, Autumn, Spring & Winter: 8am-5pm
Cost: Free
Details: Discover Australian native plants at this 410 hectare Botanic Garden. You will find plantings that will take you on an exploration of Australia's unique plant life with the exhibits, including the 4 ˝ hectare Connections Garden which features a roofless museum demonstrating the interconnectedness of people and the natural world. There are lakes, exotic plants , walking and mountain cycle tracks and plenty of picnic spots to enjoy and discover. This is a drive-in garden with opportunities to park your car near the exhibits or drive around to explore the grounds. Click here for website.

Enjoy the lakes at Mount Annan Botanic Gardens...


Queensland:

1. Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

Where: 230 Ashmore Rd, Benowa
When: All year round: 5am-7pm
Cost: Free
Details: Let your senses go wild as you smell and touch the plants and flowers in the Sensory Garden and discover the many other spectacular exhibits which include a Butterfly Garden, Rose Garden and more. There are mangroves and mountain walks, broadwalks around the lake and much more to enjoy. Click here for website.

Enjoy the flora and fauna at the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens...


2. Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Where: Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong
When: All year round: September to March: 8am-5:30pm & April to August: 8am-5pm
Cost: Free
Details: Founded in 1970 and officially opening in 1978, this 58 hectare botanic garden features Queensland's premier subtropical plants, flowers, trees and shrubs. There are different gardens arranged in thematic and geographical displays. Click here for the website.

3. City Botanic Garden
Where: George St & Alice St, Brisbane
When: All year round
Cost: Free
Details: This riverside botanic garden features Brisbane's original botanic gardens with many breathtaking and amazing exhibits which include the Bamboo Grove, Weeping Fig Ave, Riverstage ornamental ponds, sculptures, walking paths and much more. Click here for my article.

Take an enchanting walk through the Bamboo Garden at Brisbane City Botanic Gardens...


4. The Cairns Botanic Gardens
Where: Access via Greenslopes and pease Streets, Cairns
When: All year round: 7:30am-5:30pm
Cost: Free and you can make donations.
Details: This tropical oasis features 38 hectares of native Australian gardens which feature lush standards and many plants that cannot be seen elsewhere in the world. There are four distinct exhibits which include the Flecker Gardens, Centenary Lakes, Mt. Whitefield Conservation Park and Tanks Art Centre. You will also find freshwater and saltwater lakes as well as the Zhanjiang Friendship Gardens. Click here for the website.

5. The Noosa Botanic Gardens
Where: Lake Macdonald Drive, Lake Macdonald
When: All year round: 24hrs
Cost: Free
Details: The gardens showcase 8 hectares of native and exotic plant species as well as an abundance of wildlife that call these gardens home. Some of the features include the open-air bush chapel, fern house, lily pond, large lawn areas with winding paths leading to picnic areas, Greek style amphitheatre and much more. The Fern House is open weekdays only from 7am-3pm. Click here for the website.

South Australia:

1. Adelaide Botanic Garden

Where: North Terrace, Adelaide
When: All year round: From 7:15am- see website for closing times.
Cost: Free
Details: In the heart of the city lays 50 hectares of stunning gardens waiting to be explored. These botanic gardens feature First Creek Wetland, Garden of Health, SA Water Mediterranean Garden, International Rose Garden, Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden, National Rose Trial Garden and Australian Native Garden exhibits. The gardens also feature spectacular architecture to admire. Click here for the website.



2. Barossa Bush Gardens
Where: Coulthard Reserve, Penrice Rd, Nuriootpa
When: All year round: Dawn to dusk
Cost: Gold coin donation.
Details: Situated on 7 hectares these regional gardens showcase native flora with over 100 of Barossa's 400 species on display, including display gardens, such as the CFS Fire-wise Garden, Truly Australian Front Garden, Sensory Garden, Eremophilia Garden, and The Old Gum Tree exhibits. There are walking trails with interpretive signage too. Click here for the website.

Tasmania:

1. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Where: Lower Domain Rd, Queens Domain, Hobart
When:l All year round.
Cost: $2pp
Details: Established in 1818 on the western banks of the Derwent River, these gardens cover 13.5 hectares and showcase over 6,500 species and varieties of plants, including over 400 Tasmanian species. There are guided tours available, many exhibits including the largest public conifer collection the southern hemisphere, Herb Garden, Tasmanian Community Food Garden, rare plants from Macquarie Island in the sub-Antarctic plant house, Japanese garden exhibit and much more. Click here for my article.

Walk through the tranquil Japanese Garden Exhibit...


2. Cataract Gorge Reserve- Cliff Grounds
Where: 74-90 Basin Rd, Launceston
When: All year round
Cost: Free
Details: This natural unique formation is a rare natural phenomenon and is an absolute must see. The Cliff Grounds feature a Victorian garden where you will discover wilderness with ferns and exotic plants, rolling lawns, an abundance of peacocks who call these gardens home, wallabies and much more. Click here for the website.



Victoria:

1. Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
Where: 2 Walker St, Castlemaine
When: All year round
Cost: Free
Details: Wander through the 19th century garden as you discover the carriage drive, elm and oak avenues, Lake Joanna, formal garden beds, open lawns, lakes, exotic and native trees, and much more. Click here for the website.

2. Royal Botanic Gardens
Where: Alexandria Ave, Melbourne
When: All year round: From 7:30am-sunset
Cost: Free
Details: These gardens feature a picturesque haven filled with 36 hectares of gardens and displays. Established in 1846, today the gardens feature rare and threatened species, collection of over 50,000 plants, bamboo forest, gorge, plant tunnel, rill and kitchen garden, ruin garden, wetlands, National Herbarium, Tropical Hothouse, Plant Craft Cottage and Guifoyle's Volcano water reservoir. Click here for the website.

3. Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
Where: Cnr Ballarto Rd & Botanic Drive, Cranbourne
When: All year round (Closed Christmas Day): 9am-5pm
Cost: Free
Details: You will find native bushland, an abundance of amazing range of plant and animal life, contemporary landscaped space, Australian flora at the Australian Garden exhibit, lookouts, walking tracks, wetlands, woodlands, untouched heathlands, wildlife walks, cycle tracks, and the rockpool waterway, making it the perfect way to cool down. Click here for the website.

Explore the lakes at the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens...


4. Hamilton Botanic Garden
Where: Cnr French, Kennedy, Martin & Thompson Streets, Hamilton
When: All year round.
Cost: Free
Details: These gardens opened in 1870, making them one of the earliest provincial botanic gardens in Australia. The gardens feature 4 acres of sweeping lawns, curved paths, lakes and islands, rockeries, cacti and succulents, plants and contrasting foliage, a lake, and much more. Click here for the website.

Western Australia:

1. Western Australian Botanic Garden
Where: Kings Park,
When: All year round
Cost: Free
Details: You will find a range of innovative design and displays with over 3000 species of the State's unique flora. Two thirds of the 400 hectare park is protected as bushlands, making it a haven for native biological diversity. You will also find sweeping views, walking trails, immaculate gardens and parklands, free guided walks, native plants, 80 bird species, and much more. Click here for the website.

Most of the Botanic Gardens across Australia feature cultural exhibits...


2. Mount Martin Regional Botanic Park
Where: Ledge Beach Rd, Albany
When: All year round.
Cost: Free
Details: These gardens are home to many stands of the spectacular Albany Banksia, wildflowers, breathtaking coastal views, diverse landforms and soils, forest, woodlands, wetlands, granite shrub lands, and coastal health. There is a side track to Johnson's Cave, which is well worth the effort.

3. Kalgoorlie Arbotetum

Where: 32 Brookman St, Kalgoolie
When: All year round: Monday-Friday - 8:30am-4:30pm
Cost: Free
Details: Set on 26 hectares of bushland, these gardens provide interpretive walking trails, native flora, various species, bird watching opportunities, small dam, dog exercise play area and much more. Click here for the website.



Northern Territory:

1. Alice Springs Desert Park
Where: 871 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs
When: All year round (Closed Christmas Day): 7:30am-6pm
Cost: Adults: $32pp, Children (5-15yrs): $16pp and family passes available- see website.
Details: Discover the secrets of the Central Australian deserts at these gardens. You will find hundreds of species of plants and animals, walking trails, desert habitats, woodlands, rare and endangered animals, bird watching opportunities, amphitheatre, plants, and much more. Click here for the website.

2. George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
Where: Gilruth Ave & Gardens Rd, Darwin
When: All year round: 7am-7pm
Cost: Free
Details: These gardens have been in Darwin for over 130 years and survived WWII & Cyclone Tracy! Covering 42 hectares you will discover collections of north Australian and other tropical species, relax under the cover of canopies of rain trees, marine and estuarine plants, Plant Display House and much more. Click here for the website.

Check out the cacti...


3. Olive Park Botanic Garden
Where: Tuncks Rd, Alice Springs
When: All year round: 8am-6pm
Cost: Free
Details: Founded in 1956 by Miss Olive Muriel Pink, these gardens today carry the tradition as an arid zone Botanic Garden with flora from Australia's vast interior. Features include over 600 central Australian plants, 40 rare or threatened species, desert plants, self-guided walks, birdwatching opportunities and wildlife spotting and much more. Click here for the website.

Canberra:

1. Australian National Botanic Gardens
Where: Clunies Ross St, Acton
When: All year round (Closed Christmas Day): 9:30am-4:30pm
Cost: Free
Details: You will find a collection of native plants from all parts of Australia, exhibits, threatened plants, walking trails, flora explorer tours for a fee, an abundance of animal life such as birds, frogs, reptiles, mammals and much more, herbarium, memorials and named buildings, art in the gardens and much more. Click here for the website.

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