A fantasy trail through gardens within gardens
Amongst our natural gardens you'll find many smaller but equally beautiful ones made with human hands.
When one thinks of the south coast it is of pristine beaches, beautiful secluded coves and huge spotted gum forests almost spilling into the crystal clear turquoise ocean. However, while you are waiting for the water temperature to rise just a tad, spring is the time to turn your attention to some hidden wonders of nature along the Eurobodalla coast and take your senses on an adventure!
Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens
Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens grows many plants native to its own region. Manager Michael Anlezark prefers to think of it as a botanic park rather than gardens, hoping to change peoples' expectations and help them appreciate the gardens for what they are - 'your gardens in the bush' along with all the wonder that has to offer. Spring is heralded by the wattles with their different and heady perfumes; each one clambering for attention, their own story to tell. And of course, the birds are everywhere, nesting and rearing their young. Each season has its glory and there is something flowering all year round. The different sections give a wonderful idea of the horticultural diversity of this part of the south coast and you will be inspired by the beauty that has been created here. There is a great cafe for lunch after your walk through the park and a well-stocked nursery to satisfy your green thumb.
Deep Creek Dam Road, Mogo NSW 2536
Ph: 02 4471 2544
All Saints Garden
All Saints Garden is a private garden located in Bodalla, opposite the historic All Saints Church. The property operates as a Bed and Breakfast and features 12 unique gardens across three acres. The gardens are a labour of love that are constantly developing and expanding. Winner of Gardening Australia's 'Gardener of the Year' 2014, All Saints Garden is open to the public three days a week (Friday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm) between Spring and Autumn. Groups and garden clubs are welcome.
59 Princes Highway, Bodalla NSW 2545
Ph: 02 4473 5764
Foxglove Spires Garden nestles beneath Gulaga (Mt Dromedary) at Tilba Tilba. The garden was originally built from scratch over a 25 year period by Peter and Sue Southam. Recently sold, the gardens have undergone a complete transformation from rambling cottage style to a more formal, structured design, evoking a quaint English style elegance. The 3 ½ acres of glorious open gardens are open to the public and are a delightful venue for weddings and other special occasions. The former residence has been lovingly restored and is available for short stays.
282 Corkhill Drive, Tilba Tilba NSW 2546
Ph: 02 4473 7375
From time to time, spectacular private Eurobodalla gardens are open to the public through the Australia's Open Garden Program and local gardening groups. These programs are listed on our What's On calendar and are usually a feature of the Spring months along with annual flower and orchid shows.
These gardens demonstrate the amazing ecological diversity of this extraordinary part of our country and as you head back to the beach you can be assured that your senses have had a great trip!
Nature has really portrayed her creativity in our little corner of the world, with a little help from some equally talented humans. Having the Great Dividing Range come so close to the coastline has created a unique merger of lush rainforest and towering spotted gum forests. From the hilltops you're presented with panoramic views of natural forest greenery sweeping down to meet the aquamarine blue of the ocean rolling in. This is the big sweep of nature's hand across the landscape.
Step down below, under their luxuriantly protective canopies and you'll find beautiful natural gardens of native flora that are alive with colour, perfume and the chattering music of very busy native bush creatures and song birds. Walking through them, along the many bush walks and ancient Aboriginal hunting trails, rewards you with a rich sensory experience.