One of the many hidden gems of the Illawarra is the Wollongong Botanic Garden. The land of the Botanical Gardens was originally the land of the Dharawal Aboriginal People and to this day they still remain the custodians of the land.
The development of the gardens has ensured that the heritage and history of the Aboriginal people. The area has been maintained and accessible for all to see.
The Garden is home to many different events and activities throughout the year and many different ways to keep yourself outside and occupied on these warm summer days.
School holiday activities at Wollongong Botanic Garden
During the school holidays, there are a number of workshops and activities that take place on the grounds including bush survival play, treasure hunts and visits from the Fire Brigade.
These activities are on during the school holidays and you need to book in to ensure that your child gets a spot.
There are also a number of different workshops and activities that the adults can get involved in as well. The Botanical Gardens is more than just the viewing of the gardens and there is plenty to see and do whilst on the grounds.
There are more than 9 different types of gardens that you can wander through during your time at the Botanical gardens, each with a different theme and fauna type. There are woodland gardens, rose gardens and succulent gardens to name a few. Each of the gardens is well maintained and are perfect for photos and selfies – be sure not to step in the garden though and risk damaging any of the plants in there.
Wollongong Botanic Garden is home to hundreds of different trees, flowers and plants both native and exotic and they thrive in their environments.
There are certain plants and flower species that are best to see at different times of the year. If you are wanting to see a specific plant make sure to do your research to know if they are in bloom.
There is an all abilities playground which is suitable for ages between 2 years old and 12 years old. The playground includes climbing equipment, swings and a viewing platform. The children can climb up and see the gardens from a different view during their play time.
The playground makes for a great midday stop and provides the kids with a chance to run around and burn off all the extra energy.
Other facilities at the park
When it comes to lunchtime there are gazebos to eat under, grassy areas and bbq facilities. There is even an edible herb garden where you can go and pick some herbs to add to your meal. Herbs include mint, parsley and much more. The grounds are a perfect place to hold a family gets together or birthday party.
The grounds have numerous toilet blocks and accessible for those with disabilities. Everyone can enjoy the park and the beauty that it holds.
Parking at the Wollongong Botanic Garden
There is a suitable amount of parking at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens. All patrons can access the park and be able to leave the cars comfortably and safely. As the gardens are all outside, ensure you take hats and sunscreen and reapply during the day.
The Botanic Gardens is a must see if you are headed down the coast. Not only the view of the Gardens are amazing but the drive down there is also memory in itself.