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Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Beautiful plants and colours

You could almost drive past it without knowing it was here but worth a pit-stop if you have time... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RonWamberal
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Sydney, Australia
A tremendous amount of work by volunteers.

We had not been to the gardens for some years and were therefore pleasantly surprised at the amount... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2018
Beryl R
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Newcastle, Australia
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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...more
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2100 Pacific Hwy | Heatherbrae, Port Stephens, New South Wales NSW 2324, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You could almost drive past it without knowing it was here but worth a pit-stop if you have time. No other Botanical Gardens in the region and this has some wonderful gardens, can even have a picnic here. As an aside, watch for the nearby...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank RonWamberal
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

I used to volunteer here when about eight years ago when I was a student so I like to come back every time I'm in Newcastle. It's still one of the best botanic gardens in Australia which is a real achievement considering it's run by...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

Great place, variety of attractions for different people. Lovely huge picnic area for families. Short botanic walk for some people, longer bush walk for others. Dogs are allowed to sit in car at car park so that is handy for some people. It costs $2...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Viola O
Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Thank you for your great review Viola O. It looks like you had an opportunity to take in all of the beautiful sights and sounds of the Gardens. Our hardworking volunteers appreciate such positive feedback from visitors. We hope you call in to see us...More

Reviewed 29 April 2018

We had not been to the gardens for some years and were therefore pleasantly surprised at the amount of work that has been done by volunteers in the meantime. In particular we were impressed with the paved paths and grassed areas which made it very...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Beryl R
Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Thank you for your review Beryl R. That's great feedback and our volunteers will be pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Lot's of work has been done to improve our paved paths and grassed areas and it's good to hear that it's made a difference....More

Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We were very disappointed that the garden was closed over Easter. This was not made apparent on the website or anywhere else (oh sorry it was .... on the front gate..... very useful). We saw many others turn up only to face disappointment. We had...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank roelof u
Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2018

We're very sorry you didn't see the notices on our Facebook page and on the Website roelof u. Although, one of our visitors said there was a problem with our Website notice being displayed on mobile phones on Friday and Saturday. It was fine on...More

Reviewed 21 March 2018

We visited this garden in mid February as a cruise ship excursion from Newcastle. A volunteer provided a guided tour around the many paths in this spacious volunteer garden cleared out of bushland. Visitors were provided with a layout map of the garden which identified...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2018

Thank you for your review retireeVancouver. It's really helpful to get such detailed feedback from our visitors. It was nice to note that our orchid, bromeliad and cactus gardens appealed to you. We get lots of positive comments about these beautiful gardens but many visitors...More

Reviewed 22 January 2018

Well laid out, and covers a wide range of plants from various regions. Good way to spend a pleasant couple of hours. Most parts wheelchair accessible.More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank SteveGE2014
Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thank you for your review SteveGE2014, we're glad you enjoyed your visit. Our amazing volunteers have worked hard to build additional paved pathways to make our outer gardens more accessible for the aged and those with a disability. Whether you're a plant enthusiast with botanic...More

Reviewed 25 November 2017

What a wonderful place to spend a day, interesting easy walks, such beautiful surrounds all of which are a credit to all the volunteers who make this such a pleasure to visit. There are loads of information sheets, clearly marked maps to carry around and...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Thank you for your great review Ms_LAW_12. Our volunteers work so hard to make the Botanic Gardens an enjoyable destination for all of our visitors and positive feedback like yours is very much appreciated.

Reviewed 7 November 2017

After talking about visiting here for so long we finally made it. The grounds are expansive but the highlights would be the orchid houses and the succulent garden. I could only imagine how much work is involved in maintaining the grounds and I can only...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you for your review Scottiehere. We're glad you finally made it. The Gardens are set on 133 hectares of natural bushland with around 40 hectares developed into theme gardens including plants of the Hunter region and rare and endangered plants. The orchid houses and...More

Reviewed 18 August 2017

A group coach tour stopped off for a garden view and morning tea. There is much to see and the tropical orchid house was in bloom. A relax in the cafe for coffee & cake after the walk.More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Norman B
Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

Thank you for your review Norman B. More and more coach tours are including the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens in their itinerary and arranging a tour of our beautiful gardens followed by a relaxing lunch or coffee in our popular Kookaburra Cafe. We hope to...More

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Rochelle C
5 December 2016|
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Response from Botanist1 | Property representative |
Hi Rochelle, Because of the advice we have received from the experts with a knowledge of local fauna we have strict rules regarding pets coming to the Gardens. We have been advised that dogs can disturb wildlife by their... More
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Carlen81
26 September 2016|
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Response from Botanist1 | Property representative |
Hi Carlen81, we have heaps of car parking spaces and only charge $4 per car. There is no entry fee but sometimes there is an admission charge for special events. We are a not for profit organisation managed and maintained... More
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