Booderee National Park

Booderee Botanic Gardens are the only Aboriginal-owned botanic gardens in Australia.

Discover the botanic gardens

Visit the Booderee Botanic Gardens to learn about bush tucker, the medicinal uses of plants, and the long association the Koori people have with the area and the plants of south-eastern Australia.

Enjoy the peaceful setting of the gardens by relaxing on the grass lawns or using the picnic tables provided.

At the Scribbly Lawn you’ll find electric barbecues and a sheltered picnic area for large groups or wet weather use.

There are a number of beautiful walking trails through the botanic gardens, and it’s an excellent place to watch birds and other animals.

Admission to the gardens is included in the entry fee for Booderee National Park.

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Opening hours

The gardens are open from 8.00 am every day of the year, including public holidays.

Closing times vary depending on the time of year:

  • 1 May – 30 September: gardens close at 4.00 pm.
  • 1 October – 30 April: closing time varies between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm as advised on the gardens’ entry gate.

Explore

Learn about the fascinating plants of the region and how they are used by local Koori people.

Follow the well-formed paths through the rainforest, heath, forest and other cultivated areas.

Many of the paths through the gardens are suitable for assisted wheelchair use and prams.

Experience some of the natural coastal vegetation communities of the area by walking along one or more of the nature trails.

You can combine the nature trails and other paths to do a 3.7 km loop walk around the gardens.

Allow between one hour and a whole day for your visit.

Guided walks

Booderee botanic gardens walk

Book a ranger-guided walk through the botanic gardens for your school group. These popular walks are available on Tuesdays. Bookings are essential.

Book at least two weeks in advance. School groups of no more than 30 at one time are preferred.

To book a guided walk, please book online or complete a booking form and email it to booderee.interps@environment.gov.au.

Please note that bookings are not automatic and confirmation will be sent to you with details.

During the busy months of December and January we are unable to offer our guided walks.

However, the park offers a free school holiday program over this period. Please refer to the school holiday program, which will be posted on our website in early December.

For more information call the park on 02 4442 1006.

Members of the general public can book Indigenous guided tours through Galamban Aboriginal Tours. Call +61 02 4442 1117 or +61 0437 721 481 for more information.

History

Mountain devil, Booderee botanic gardens

Local Koori people from the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community have worked on this site for several generations.

In the early 1900s, the botanic gardens site was actually part of a farm owned by Australian piano manufacturer Ocatvius Beale.

Octavius tried to use the farm, known as Bherwerre, to grow timber for piano frames. The timber plantations failed so the farm moved into grazing and dairy.

Development of the botanic gardens started in 1951, when the area was selected to be a frost-free annex of the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra.

Droving Bullock in times past, Booderee National Park

The local Koori community became the owners of the gardens and the park in 1995, and now manage them jointly with Parks Australia.

In 2000, the gardens became independent of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, but they maintain close ties.

Booderee Botanic Gardens focuses on the Aboriginal use of plants and have a dedicated Koori Garden and education shelter.

Volunteer

Would you like to help keep the Booderee Botanic Gardens beautiful by joining the volunteer Park Care Group?

To find our more email booderee.mail@environment.gov.au

Venue hire

Have your dream wedding or celebration at the botanic gardens.

To find out more email booderee.mail@environment.gov.au