Wollongong Botanic Garden, Wollongong
(4.6/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A place of well manicured gardens, a place to relax and reflect. Beautiful and tranquil, could spend hours or a few minutes it is really up to you. 
  • The garden is charming. Those who visit should definitely not miss the green house with giant cactus inside. Those are really impressive. 
  • Few people, lots of nice places for a picnic or reading a book, and many beautiful flowers, trees etc. Close to uni, so perfect for lunch for students 
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  • Great hideaway locations. Plenty of shaded areas, beautiful flowers, rotundas, a lake, massive hedges, and a pirate show for kids! Toilets which weren't disgusting! Not bad at all and very calming. Would come again.
  • It's stylised nature. Has a cool duck pond and a rainforest area based on local conditions. Cinema under the stars are fun and would make an excellent wedding venue.
  • A large and fun gardens with nice variety. Good place for a day out.
  • Beautiful garden. One of the best that I've been to. It's rather quiet on a weekday too. It's a great place to have a stroll and take photos.
  • Amazing botanic garden, one of the most beautiful in Australia! Very quiet even on weekends, with many species of plants and trees, especially the cactus area!!