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Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

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Address: 2100 Pacific Hwy | Heatherbrae, Port Stephens, New South Wales NSW 2324, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 4987 1655
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens are the only Botanic Gardens in the...

The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens are the only Botanic Gardens in the Hunter Valley and provide a multipurpose destination venue that offers our visitors a peaceful and beautiful garden and bushland setting.

There is a cafe and gift shop, nursery sales, guided tours, Children's Adventure Trail and facilities for weddings, conferences and other functions.

The Gardens are also a centre for research, education and knowledge sharing on botanical matters for the Hunter Region.

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Informal collection of both native and non-native plants

Having been disappointed with the Hunter Valley Gardens (entry fee) we were pleasantly surprised by this free garden. There are hundreds of different plants in themed areas with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 November 2016
Henry C
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Terrible. Absolutely swarmed by mozzies on exiting the car. There were no warnings for the young, elderly or infirm about this, surely its a health hazard. We ran to the kiosk building where there was a mozzie repellant station-too late. Then paid $5 to get a token so we could get out of the carpark! We then saw a snake... More 

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Thank Angelx3
Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Angelx3. I'm sorry that you had such a bad experience with the mossies. There's no doubt that mossies are out and about up and down the East Coast at this time of year. We provide free repellent for our visitors and there are also gauzed areas for people to sit in relative comfort but we... More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Having been disappointed with the Hunter Valley Gardens (entry fee) we were pleasantly surprised by this free garden. There are hundreds of different plants in themed areas with plenty of labels and explanatory notes. There were also many different birds to be seen.

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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Henry C, it is very much appreciated. As a not for profit charitable organisation managed and maintained by volunteers from the local Hunter community, it is pleasing to get such positive feedback from our visitors. The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens was opened in 1985 on a 133.3 hectare bushland site and through volunteer support has... More 

Narooma, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens is impressive in a humble, low key way. We almost wandered around without a plan but on second thoughts ducked into the visitor centre and got a map first. It was then we realised how well laid out the gardens are, with sections for different plant families and various themes. We had a wonderful hour or... More 

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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review Hydrangea2014. Our volunteers work hard to manage and maintain these wonderful gardens for the Hunter community and you're right, the passion is obvious. It's nice to see that you were able to spend an hour or so having a good look around and we hope you come back to visit us again. More 

Lake Macquarie, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Have driven past here hundreds of times, but finally decided to make it the destination for today. These gardens are maintained by volunteers who do a great job. Well set out, with species areas on the walk around . Large grassed areas, nice for a picnic. plenty of seating for those who need rest stops. a lot of native and... More 

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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Penelope T, we're glad you drove in too. It really is great to get such positive feedback from our visitors. We hope you come back to see us soon. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Visited this site with a camera club. Great place for flower and bird photography. Easy walk defined tracks that are mostly disabled friendly. We finished off the day at the Cafe for lunch. Entry is free but parking is $4.

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Thank Vin V
Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your response Vin V. Lots of camera clubs and keen photographers are discovering the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens and some of their work is currently on display in our gallery as part of our annual photography competition. We are continually improving access for the elderly and disabled and another major paving project is currently underway. We are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Fabulous place to visit BUT watch the mozzies take protection.The plants are amazing and the food very nice.

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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review Fiona F. We're glad you enjoyed the gardens and the food. Mozzies are a pest along the East Coast at this time of year and free repellent is available for our visitors More 

Port Macquarie, Australia
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225 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Given some of the negative comments from other visitors, we had a sense of trepidation as we drove in. They must have been having a very bad day. The gardens are extensive and, although the mozzies are everywhere, the free repellent available at the entrance to the visitor centre works well. As a non-botanist, I can't pronounce on the quality... More 

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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback BPinOz. We're pleased you enjoyed the gardens. Many of our visitors comment on the calming atmosphere and the amazing plants they discover when walking around our grounds. You certainly don't have to be a botanist to appreciate the beauty of the Botanic Gardens. Sorry about the coffee. We usually get good reports. Hope you come... More 

Port Stephens, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

lovely atmosphere in there, tho the sound of the traffic, close by, can be heard, many varieties of flora, a great place for a picnic ;)

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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments billmI1502XA It is a lovely atmosphere. The sound of the traffic is usually only audible near the highway and close to the front entrance. We are located in a bushland setting of more than 133 hectares. Of this, 33 hectares has been developed into theme gardens, including Acacia, Grevillea, Myrtaceae, Plants of the Hunter Region... More 

NSW
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

This has many different areas to walk through. We went to the wetlands past the palms, and saw the big goanna sunning itself on the boardwalk. The orchid displays were closed but there were other areas to see. There's even a bush chapel. The cafe sells hot drinks and food. The pay parking $4 goes to the upkeep of the... More 

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Hunter Valley, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

This place is wonderful. The atmosphere is calm, relaxing and peaceful. They offer insect repellent if you need it. We only had time to stop in for a light meal. The service was fantastic and the coffee was great. The scones came with the freshest strawberry jam ive ever had. The gift shop is lovely, full of nice little knick... More 

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