Regarded by many as one of the jewels of the Hunter, the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens has been transformed from a weed-infested 33 hectare bushland site into a botanic collection enjoyed by the community and visitors from around the world.
Visitors can enjoy tranquil landscaped gardens displaying the beauty and diversity of Australian native flora in a natural bushland setting.
There are 8 kilometres of easy tracks and trails including magnificent wildflower walks.
The easy walking trails provide access to the natural bushland with its mature blackbutt, angophoras and swamp mahogany forests and its understorey of hundreds of native plants.
The forests are the natural habitat of goannas, wallabies, lizards, brushtail and ringtail possums, sugar gliders, bats, a small group of resident koalas and many birds.
The gardens feature over 3,000 living specimens. Theme gardens display mainly Australian native plants but include exotics with excellent Orchid and Bromeliad Houses and an amazing Succulent and Cacti garden.
The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens is an accessible and popular venue for people with a disability.
A selection of fresh and homemade dishes, including Devonshire scones is available from the much loved Kookaburra Café.
Group bookings should be arranged two weeks in advance.
Contact the Gardens directly for information about weddings and functions.
Entry and Parking:
Entry to the Botanic Gardens is $2 per person and $5 per family of 5. Parking FREE.
Coach passengers are charged $2.50 per person.
Guided tours are available and should be arranged two weeks in advance.
A people mover is available for the elderly or people with a disability.