Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens - Bateman's Bay
Author: villaget Date Posted:11 April 2015
The Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens makes for a great family outing. The gardens display the flora of the NSW South Coast and adjacent ranges and is also home to a diverse array of fascinating local wildlife. The Gardens is a Eurobodalla Shire Council community facility and is developed and maintained from volunteers, Friends of the Botanic Gardens, Forests NSW as well as local community groups and businesses. The 42 Ha site is located at 489 Princes highway, just south of Bateman's Bay.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 4pm , public holidays and daily during NSW school holidays.
Cost: FREE, however donations are very much appreciated.
1. The Visitors Centre
Here you can enjoy a quick coffee, snack or lunch in a peaceful setting. You can also receive useful information about the gardens. To the left of the cafe you can purchase potted plants that have been propagated by volunteers. The herbarium contains identified, dried and annotated specimens of plant species occurring naturally in the region.
2. Picnic area
There are all weather facilities including free gas BBQ's located at the Children's Play Space.
3. Walking tracks
There are a number of walking tracks which vary in distance (30 minutes to 1 hour duration) and provide for a range of mobilities. Our pram was able to negotiate many of the tracks quite easily.
4. Guided walks
The guides offer free walks on the first Sunday of each month at 11am.
5. Children's Playground
A wonderful attraction for the gardens, the children's play space opened in 2012 and includes a range of unusual play equipment such as musical instruments in a natural setting of grass, rocks and plants.
6. Giant slide
At the back of the playground you will also find a fantastic twin metal slide. Purpose built into an incline, it can be found in a natural, shady part of the gardens and is orientated to avoid the hot summer sun, so there are no worries there with hot seats!
7. IMB Children's Walk
A great little stroll through a mix of rainforest and sclerophyll forest. The walk aims to introduce very young children to the importance of bush vegetation as a habitat for animals. On the walk children have to find the various life-like models along the trail.