Wollongong Botanic Garden, Wollongong

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The Wollongong Botanic Garden is located in the Wollongong suburb of Keiraville at the foot of Mount Keira in New South Wales, Australia. It is the local botanical gardens of the Illawarra and was opened in September 1970.The garden is co-located with the historic Gleniffer Brae house, used for functions and the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.A number of annexes are managed by the garden - Puckeys Estate Reserve in Fairy Meadow, the Korrongulla Wetlands in Primbee and the Mount Keira Summit Park.Garden featuresThe garden features various themed areas, including a rose garden, herb garden, woodland garden, azalea bank, succulent plants and several rainforest areas divided into Illawarra rainforest, subtropical rainforest, dry rainforest and exotic rainforest. A creek runs through the garden and into a small lake. This creek joins Para Creek and runs into Puckeys Estate Reserve.The azalea garden and succulent garden are both local attractions, and many tourists are seen taking pictures of the flowers. Local university students study plants here.
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  • August 8, 2017
    These gardens have a comprehensive collection of plants and spring is the time to see these beautiful gardens in all their glory. Situated at the base of Mt. Keira Wollongong and next to the Universit...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Situated near the Wollongong University the Wollongong Botanicle Gradens is the ideal walk any day with an incredibel variety of Trees, Grass, Roses and Ferns, it just goes on and on. Take a rest on t...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    Had a stroll through the gardens on a stunning winters day, very peaceful with beautiful gardens. Loved the abundant bird life playing throughout. Good place to take a picnic rug and book or ideal jus...  more »
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  • Great spot for family to enjoy. Has play area, duck pond, rose gardem and lots of areas to relax and enjoy. There is a coffee cart on Sat but bring your own food and drink.
  • Probably the smallest Royal Botanic Garden I've been in so far, but lovingly made and preserved by the local community, nicely tucked away from the crowd. Well worth a visit, only takes a few minutes and next door to the university
  • it's a great place but now that they don't allow to bring the scooters for the kids anymore my eldest gets bored...missing the coffee van as well
  • I have always been really impressed with the Wollongong gardens. It is beautiful and surprisingly diverse. Most recently we went for Screen in the Green. It was a great night but don't expect much from the food options other than long waits, high prices and long lines. Truthfully the food isn't bad but I am definitely bringing my own picnic next time.
  • Small but one of the best I have visited. Take your camera, arrive early and take your time. Super photography location or place for a picnic.

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