The Garden Guide

Mount Annan Botanic Garden

Mount Annan Botanic Garden is a native plant garden and at 410 hectares is the largest botanic garden in Australia. The land was acquired by the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1984 and the gardens were opened to the public in 1988.

Head Gardener's Comment

Mount Annan Botanic Garden consists of 416 hectares of Australian Bushland and is Australia’s largest botanic garden and features themed gardens and endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland. It is also a haven for over 160 species of birds as well as wallaroos, wallabies and kangaroos that call the Garden home. With the rapid growth occurring in the Macarthur region it is fast becoming a wildlife corridor for our local native fauna.

The Garden is the Australian Plant Garden of the Botanic Gardens Trust and includes not only picnic areas and over 20 km of walking tracks, but also a native flora research facility and the NSW Seedbank.

The Garden runs free guided tours each week which can be booked by visiting the Garden Shop/Visitor Centre and activities for visitors include: viewing over 4000 species of Australian native plants, drop by the Visitor Centre to find out what’s on buy great Australiana giftware from the Gardens Shop, take a guided walk, drive tour, free guided tour or self-guided tour, use free BBQ facilities at any of the four theme gardens, let the kids have fun in the best playground in Macarthur, see stunning views of Sydney and surrounds from Sundial Hill, have brunch, lunch, dinner or a coffee at the Restaurant, and native animal spotting.

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The original owners of the land were the Tharawal Aboriginal people. It was later dairy pasture for 170 years before being acquired by the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1984.

The first plantings were made in 1985 and the Garden opened to the public in 1988. Plantings are designed to display the diversity of the Australian flora and will eventually include many of our 25 000 known plant species.

Although still relatively new, the Mount Annan Garden is fast becoming both a magnificent, extensive landscape and a showcase for Australian flora.

Gathered here is a collection of the remarkable and unique plants which make up the fascinating flora of the continent, including many rare and endangered species not previously cultivated.

Plants of note

The Garden showcases Australian native plants only with cultivated gardens set amongst endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland. Cumberland Plain Woodland once covered the Sydney basin before European settlement and few strands are left. Through intense bush regeneration work of the staff and volunteers, Mount Annan now hosts several strong strands of these plant colony.

Mount Annan Drive, Mount Annan, New South Wales, Australia, 2567

All year. Daily except Christmas Day. Open 10am to 5pm.

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