There is nothing quite like strolling through a peaceful, picturesque garden, and we are lucky enough in Australia to have some spectacular botanic and display gardens that are open to visitors. Here are some of our favourite gorgeous gardens to add to your ‘must do’ list next holiday.
Hunter Valley gardens
Be enchanted by the natural beauty, magnificent colours and creative landscaping of the Hunter Valley Gardens. Stroll along the 8kms of walking paths as you explore the ten feature gardens.
Breathe in the scents of the fragrant Rose Garden, see fairy tales come to life in the Storybook Garden and enjoy designs inspired by every corner of the globe from the Oriental Garden to the Italian Grotto.
Stay at: Ingenia Holidays Hunter Valley
Flecker Botanic Gardens
The Flecker Botanic Gardens are Australia’s only wet tropic botanic gardens and showcases a wonderful range of plants from orchids and pond lilies to native fruit trees and ferns. The gardens bring together specimens from throughout South America, Africa and South East Asia along with Australian natives, to create a truly unique tropical display.
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Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens
Explore the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens, which incorporate natural bushland areas with more formal display garden beds and group plantings. The Sensory Garden is a carefully designed garden space that engages with all the senses, using fragrant perfumed plants, contrasting textures, the sound of running water, and colourful foliage and flowers. Stroll the walking paths to see the beautiful display gardens or take a bit of the gardens home with you at the Plant Shop.
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Albury Botanic Gardens
Wander along the paths and take in the peaceful atmosphere of the Albury Botanic Gardens. The gardens were established over 130 years ago and the grand, old trees create an impressive backdrop to the newer additions including the enchanting children’s garden which features a troll cave, fairy temple, cubbies and life-sized dinosaur.
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North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
Meander along the 5kms of paths and boardwalks as you discover the beautiful displays of the North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. The gardens are surrounded on three sides by the mangrove edged Coffs Creek, and combines picturesque natural forest with a range of rare and exotic sub-tropical plants.
Explore the intriguing series of glasshouses which range from orchids and ferns through to an arid display of cacti and succulents, or discover the sensory garden and Japanese Friendship Garden.
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Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens
Explore the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden with its wonderful collection of cool-climate plants from around the world, all backed by the stunning views over the Blue Mountains and surrounds.
The gardens include some fascinating and unique plants including Venus fly traps and other carnivorous plants, pretty flowers that pop up in the rock garden and a European inspired formal garden.
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Crystal Castle & Shambhala gardens
Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens is a peaceful, serene and beautiful place to spend a day exploring the grounds. The sub-tropical gardens are dotted with impressive crystals and stone statues, surrounded by stunning flowering plants and lush green trees.
Walk the Labyrinth path, visit the spectacular Kalachakra World Peace Stupa, see the crystals or have your fortune told and shop for jewellery at Crystal Castle.
Stay at: Ingenia Holidays Kingscliff
Noosa Botanic Gardens
The Noosa Botanic Gardens are a hidden gem nestled on the shores of Lake Macdonald and spread across 8 hectares of stunning gardens. Take in the views from the striking Greek style amphitheatre, stroll through the fern house and explore the impressive variety of native and exotic plants.
Stay at: Ingenia Holidays Noosa