Navigate quickly


Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

Location: 2100 Pacific Highway, Heatherbrae

Enjoy over 30 hectares of tranquil landscaped gardens, displaying the beauty and diversity of Australian native flora in a natural bushland setting. The gardens feature over 3000 living specimens with 8 kilometres of easy tracks and trails.

Theme gardens include native plants, exotics, Orchid and Bromeliad Houses, an amazing Succulent and Cacti garden, endangered species and plants of the Hunter Region. The result of community initiative and run by volunteers, the Gardens also protect 100 hectares of land in the Tomago sand-beds catchment area, including two wetland habitats.



Plants are cultivated for sale, the Visitors Centre offers regular art displays and includes a cafe and gift shop with Australiana souvenirs.

There is also a resource library, herbarium and information service. Wildflower walks and trails show an abundance of wildlife.

Toilets, water, and car parking are available. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or purchase refreshments from the Kookaburra Cafe. A large electric barbecue is available for public use.

Phone: 02 4987 1655
Fax: 02 4987 1440

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

TripAdvisor Ranking

Ranked #23 of 56 things to do in Port Stephens

TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews

"Informal collection of both native and non-native plants"

4/5 Very good Reviewed 16 days ago

"Having been disappointed with the Hunter Valley Gardens (entry fee) we were pleasantly surprised by this free garden. There are hundreds of different plants in themed areas with plenty of labels and..." more »

Henry C, Peterborough, United Kingdom

"Impressive plant collection in a tranquil setting"

4/5 Very good Reviewed 1 month ago

"Hunter Region Botanic Gardens is impressive in a humble, low key way. We almost wandered around without a plan but on second thoughts ducked into the visitor centre and got a map first. It was then..." more »

Hydrangea2014, Narooma, Australia

"glad I eventually drove in"

4/5 Very good Reviewed 1 month ago

"Have driven past here hundreds of times, but finally decided to make it the destination for today. These gardens are maintained by volunteers who do a great job. Well set out, with species areas on..." more »

Penelope T, Lake Macquarie, Australia

All traveller ratings

rated by 15 travellers

"Very good"
rated by 15 travellers

rated by 8 travellers

rated by 0 travellers

rated by 3 travellers

Types of Travellers

Business (0)

Couples (19)

Solo travel (4)

Family (10)

Friends getaway (7)