Call us biased, but we think the best parts of the Botanic Garden are our Garden Collections.
Go Slow for a Mo' - nature wellness trail
The Garden is a healing place so we've just launched a new wellness trail, designed to help you improve your general wellbeing. Come, slow down and spend more meaningful time in nature.
The trail starts at the south west corner of the Mercury Lawn with seven short sensory exercises along the way. You can choose to just do one, a few or all exercises. It’s totally up to you! Check out the trail online, or look out for the signs when you visit.
While you are exploring, keep an eye out for some of these interesting built features:
Our All Abilities Playground makes a visit to the Botanic Garden extra fun for 2 – 12 year olds! Carers should provide supervision for small children at all times.
Located near our Murphys Avenue entrance, this space includes swings, a sandpit, slippery dip, climbing net, viewing platform and a maze.
Our gardens are home to a wide range of living creatures. Insect hotels provide our local insects a place of sheltered sanctuary in winter, as well as a nesting space in summer. You will spot a few of these around the garden, with the largest one located along the main path at the north-eastern side of our Flowering Trees and Shrubs collection.
It is estimated that the average backyard garden attracts more than 2,000 insect species at any given time, including bees, beetles, wasps and butterflies. Many of these important visitors play a crucial role in pollinating flowers - an important task considering about a third of our food supply depends on pollination.
These beneficial creatures can reduce or eliminate the need for pesticides. They also play an important role in supporting biodiversity, which in turn helps increase the productivity of our ecosystem.
How to build your own insect hotel
Make use of natural and recycled materials that are non-toxic.
- A wooden box that is at least 20cm deep
- Small wood blocks, clay bricks, logs and/or twigs like bamboo, or even old Banksia fruit.
- Open one side of the wooden box
- Create a sloping roof on one side of the box to deflect the rain
- Drill small angled holes in the blocks or logs varying from 3mm to 10mm - the light angle will ensure any moisture can run out
- Place the blocks or logs within the box
- Locate a sheltered spot within your garden that gets morning sun exposure
- Position the insect hotel in your chosen spot, with the opening facing the sun.
We have two Outdoor Reading Rooms with a range of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books for all to read.
- Next to the Cafe at the Murphys Avenue entrance
- Along the main path to the north west of our Flowering Trees and Shrubs collection.
You are welcome to borrow a book, keep a book, or leave a book for others to enjoy. Donations are welcome.
Sculpture in the Garden
- King Coal by Louis Pratt (2016 Winner): located in our Flowering Trees and Shrubs collection
- Steel City by Michael Purdy (2018 Winner): located on the Duck Pond Lawn, near the Kawasaki Bridge
- Curious Dream of an Architect by Fatih Semiz (2021* Winner): located on the lawn in front of the Japanese Tea House
* The 2020 Sculpture in the Garden event was postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
For more information, see the Sculpture in the Garden page.