Wollongong Botanic Garden
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 established in 1964. It was opened in September 1970.
The 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.
One of the better known attractions is the Japanese-style wooden bridge over the creek. It was built as a gift of friendship to symbolise the connection with Wollongong's sister city in Japan, Kawasaki and restored in the early 2000s. Another is the BHP fountain at the northern entrance facing the university. Its distinctive shape has put it on the local art tour.
The lake is a local attraction and features a boardwalk to a rotunda in the centre. It is inhabited by ducks and geese and seagulls frequent.
- Wollongong Botanic Garden website
- "Wollongong Botanic Gardens". Directory of Australian Botanic Gardens and Arboreta. Retrieved 2006-05-19.
- Photos of Wollongong Botanical Gardens
- "Australian National Botanic Gardens". Wollongong Botanic Gardens. Australian Government, Australian National Botanic Gardens. 5 August 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2016.