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Published May 18th 2018
A hidden gem filled with tranquility, colour and beauty
Established in 1964 and spanning 30 hectares, Wollongong Botanic Garden is home to a large variety of gardens. It is a perfect outdoor day out for everyone to explore and includes a playground for the little ones to enjoy.
The Wollongong Botanic Garden is truly a spectacular garden offering an array of activities to experience & enjoy nature...
Located in the Wollongong suburb of Keiraville and on the foot of the stunning Mount Keira, this hidden gem is certainly worth a visit.
The Garden is a natural beauty wonderland filled with many exhibits to explore, experience and enjoy. There are many activities to enjoy, from guided walks and community workshops that focus on environmental sustainable practices through to band recitals, theatrical entertainment, and sunset cinema screenings.
Every pathway leads to another captivating experience...
The Exhibits and Collections that can be found at the impressive Wollongong Botanic Gardens includes an All Abilities Playground, Australian Open Forest and Grasslands, Azalea Bank & Middle Creek Collection, Discovery Kitchen Garden, Dryland Garden, Edible Herb Garden, Flowering Trees and Shrubs Garden, Herb Garden, Palm Collection, Rainforest Collection, Rose Garden, Sandstone Garden, Sir Joseph Banks Glasshouse, Succulent Collection, Temple Garden, Temperate Garden, Towri Bush Tucker Garden, and Woodland Garden.
The Gardens also offers an array of tranquil spots where at times you are the only one there!
Australian Open Forest and Grasslands showcases dry and wet Sclerophyll forest plants from the east coast of Australia. The exhibit is also home to the stunning eucalyptus trees that form an impressive canopy which attracts a numerous of native birds, possums and sugar gliders. You will also find understory plants such as Banksia, Doryanthes, grasses and ferns.
The spectacular lake fools you into believing it is part of the lush green lawn!
The Azalea Bank and Middle Creek Collection feature hundreds of Azaleas as well as Rhododendrons, Camellias, Dogwoods, Maples and the stunning Dawn Redwoods. Along the creek banks, Iris, Daylillies, Flax, Arums and Swamp Cypress trees can be found.
This exhibit also features the much-admired Japanese Bridge and the Japanese Tree House with a row of white flowering cherry trees. The Bridge has been incorporated thanks to the city's Sister City Relationship with Kawasaki.
The Discovery Kitchen is a sustainable homegrown produce garden and is complete with food plants, herbs and lively flowers.
Arid inland Australian plant species that grow naturally in regions experiencing low average rainfall can be found at the Dryland Garden. This impressive garden showcases plants that have developed quite a different adaptation to their exotic succulent neighbours allowing them to survive extended periods of drought, extreme summer temperatures, saline and fire.
The Flowering Trees and Shrubs Garden is filled with vibrant colour and consists of 13-plant families that all showcase beautiful exotic floral displays. Camellias, Salvias, Buddlejas, Hibiscus and Crepe Myrtles are just some of the species found at this display. The best time to explore this exhibit is during spring, however, colourful flowering can be seen all year round.
With more than 800 rare, endangered and uncommon palm species, the Palm Collection offers a wonderful leisurely walk amongst palms from all around the world. Palms from Madagascar, Hawaii and the Oceanic regions, as well as a smaller representation from Australia, South America, North America and China, are also seen here.
The enchanting Rainforest Collection is home to both native and exotic rainforest. It features dense plantings of tree species including Turpentine and Melaleuca that form a part of the closed canopy. Mixed plantings of shrubs, ferns, epiphytes and ground covers all make up the natural composition of the rainforest and allow viewings of these majestic specimens in their natural settings.
The Rainforest exhibit takes you through the magical & mighty tropical rainforests around the world...
Stop to smell the roses at the Rose Garden! This lovely garden is home to the pretty gazebo. The exhibit portrays a sunken European garden popularised in the early 20th century. The high brick wall, covered by Creeping Fig, shields the area from strong winds and the many pathways create excitement to explore the collections.
The splendid Rose Garden is one exhibit not to miss out on!
Sandstone Garden displays grass trees, native Conifers and Banksias that are found in the Shoalhaven and Illawarra sandstone regions. It is incredible to see these plants and how they have adapted to low nutrient and shallower sandstone soils with structures that can handle strong winds or high temperatures as well as their ability to absorb/store water and nutrients for use over a prolonged time.
Wollongong Botanic Garden is absolutely breathtaking with its many different exhibits showcasing realistic settings...
A visit to the Sir Joseph Banks Glasshouse is one not to miss when visiting the Gardens. The Glasshouse was first opened in 1970 to mark the bicentenary of Captain Cook's landing in Australia. The Glasshouse displays stunning tropical and dry-tropical plant species from the wet tropics, as well as a range of succulent plant species from arid regions around the world.
Sir Joseph Banks Glasshouse is filled with lush tropical, dry tropical and succulents from regions all around the world...
The Succulent Collection contains diverse species primarily from dry regions of Americas and Africa and it includes Aloe, Agave, Euphorbia, Mesembryanthemum, Crassula, Yucca, Sedum, Kalanchoe and Echeveria species as well as the spectacular Dragon Blood Trees which exude red resin from their bark when wounded.
Some of the plants, trees & shrubs certainly does surprise you, not just by their beauty but also how they can survive some of the most harshest climate conditions...
The Temperate Garden is home to a warm and protected microclimate that allows sub-tropical and temperate species to thrive. Ferns, Begonias, Acalypha, Frangipani, Bromeliads, and sub-tropical fruit trees like Paw-Paw, Pineapple, Tea and Avocado can be found in this garden.
Enjoying a stroll under the Temperate Garden canopies...
Towri Bush Tucker Garden means "place of learning bounded by flowers" and has been designed as a learning garden where you can look and pick plants within so you can learn about their use in Aboriginal culture for food, medicine and shelter.
The Towri Bush Tucker exhibit showcases how nature is used for shelter, food & medicine...
The last exhibit: Woodland Garden features a tiered design of cool climate trees, shrubs, bulbs and perennials that replicate the forests in the northern hemisphere. Pre-existed native Turpentines and Paperbarks were planted up with a range of exotic trees like Magnolias, Maples and Dogwoods to form the mostly deciduous canopy.
Walk under mighty old trees or enjoy a picnic underneath one!
A visit to these Gardens is a wonderful way to escape the bustling city and with its multitude of paths and hidden treasures to discover there is something for everyone to enjoy, making this attraction the perfect city escape and a must visit!