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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

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Ranked #23 of 60 things to do in Port Stephens

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"Do not stop here"

2/5 Poor Reviewed yesterday

"A very hot day and thought, what a great place for a respite and a cool drink. MISTAKE!!! Once you get into the parking lot to maybe just go to the cafe,you are trapped. You cannot get out without..." more »

Carnarvon50, Kootenay Rockies, Canada

"Awesome gardens"

5/5 Excellent Reviewed 14 days ago

"Beautiful diverse gardens, staffed by extremely helpful and knowledgeable volunteers, these gardens are an absolute treasure trove of interesting things to see. We will most definitely be back !" more »

avalbusa1980, Sydney, Australia

"Succulent garden is the highlight"

3/5 Average Reviewed 28 days ago

"Good-sized garden with a number of different sections, with the succulent section being particularly impressive. Needs upkeep in some areas but given it is all maintained by volunteers, this is..." more »

a3c24, Canberra, Australia

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