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Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

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Address: 2100 Pacific Hwy | Heatherbrae, Port Stephens, New South Wales NSW 2324, Australia
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+61 2 4987 1655
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens are the only Botanic Gardens in the...

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 sales, guided tours, Children's Adventure Trail and facilities for weddings, conferences and other functions.

The Gardens are also a centre for research, education and knowledge sharing on botanical matters for the Hunter Region.

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Wow Had a lovely visit to the gardens today, saw some local wildlife and met the lovely staff. Food in the cafe was yum (scones great) coffee too Staff so friendly and full of... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Jenny M
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Wow Had a lovely visit to the gardens today, saw some local wildlife and met the lovely staff. Food in the cafe was yum (scones great) coffee too Staff so friendly and full of knowledge about the gardens Will be back again soon Thanks

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Kootenay Rockies, Canada
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

A very hot day and thought, what a great place for a respite and a cool drink. MISTAKE!!! Once you get into the parking lot to maybe just go to the cafe,you are trapped. You cannot get out without paying for both the parking and admission and does not matter if you purchase food. The ladies were rude, the food... More 

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Thank Carnarvon50
Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Carnarvon50. Feedback from our visitors is always helpful. Just to clarify a few things. There isn't a separate parking and admission fee. The cost of entry is only $2 per person or there is the option of a $5 family package for a full days visit. Parking is free. The Gardens are managed and maintained... More 

Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Beautiful diverse gardens, staffed by extremely helpful and knowledgeable volunteers, these gardens are an absolute treasure trove of interesting things to see. We will most definitely be back !

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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review avalbusa1980. Our hard working volunteers really appreciate such positive feedback from our visitors. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit. More 

Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Good-sized garden with a number of different sections, with the succulent section being particularly impressive. Needs upkeep in some areas but given it is all maintained by volunteers, this is understandable. When we visited, mosquitoes were bad. Make sure you take some bug spray along or take advantage of the bug spray provided at the entry to the visitors centre.

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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review a3c24 we appreciate your feedback. The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens is situated on 133 hectares of natural bushland. Approximately 33 hectares has been developed into theme gardens which include the magnificent Succulent garden which you have mentioned and many other gardens of interest including Plants of the Hunter Region, Rare and Endangered Plants, Banksias, Acacias,... More 

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Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Visited on a Saturday with high expectations for the gardens after looking on the website. Upon arrival we paid $4.00 for parking which is not mentioned on the website and saw the sign for mozzie repellent which we applied before heading on the botanic walk. We were on the track no more than 5 minutes before being swarmed by bugs,... More 

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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review 153kerrig. The Botanic Gardens has not charged for parking since 1st January 2017. The parking fee was replaced by an entry fee following feedback from a significant number of visitors. Visitors currently pay an entry fee of $2 per person or $5 per family for a full day. This is mentioned on our Website. Mossies... More 

Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Terrible. Absolutely swarmed by mozzies on exiting the car. There were no warnings for the young, elderly or infirm about this, surely its a health hazard. We ran to the kiosk building where there was a mozzie repellant station-too late. Then paid $5 to get a token so we could get out of the carpark! We then saw a snake... More 

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Thank Angelx3
Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Angelx3. I'm sorry that you had such a bad experience with the mossies. There's no doubt that mossies are out and about up and down the East Coast at this time of year. We provide free repellent for our visitors and there are also gauzed areas for people to sit in relative comfort but we... More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Having been disappointed with the Hunter Valley Gardens (entry fee) we were pleasantly surprised by this free garden. There are hundreds of different plants in themed areas with plenty of labels and explanatory notes. There were also many different birds to be seen.

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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Henry C, it is very much appreciated. As a not for profit charitable organisation managed and maintained by volunteers from the local Hunter community, it is pleasing to get such positive feedback from our visitors. The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens was opened in 1985 on a 133.3 hectare bushland site and through volunteer support has... More 

Narooma, Australia
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens is impressive in a humble, low key way. We almost wandered around without a plan but on second thoughts ducked into the visitor centre and got a map first. It was then we realised how well laid out the gardens are, with sections for different plant families and various themes. We had a wonderful hour or... More 

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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review Hydrangea2014. Our volunteers work hard to manage and maintain these wonderful gardens for the Hunter community and you're right, the passion is obvious. It's nice to see that you were able to spend an hour or so having a good look around and we hope you come back to visit us again. More 

Lake Macquarie, Australia
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Have driven past here hundreds of times, but finally decided to make it the destination for today. These gardens are maintained by volunteers who do a great job. Well set out, with species areas on the walk around . Large grassed areas, nice for a picnic. plenty of seating for those who need rest stops. a lot of native and... More 

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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Penelope T, we're glad you drove in too. It really is great to get such positive feedback from our visitors. We hope you come back to see us soon. More 

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Reviewed 5 October 2016

Visited this site with a camera club. Great place for flower and bird photography. Easy walk defined tracks that are mostly disabled friendly. We finished off the day at the Cafe for lunch. Entry is free but parking is $4.

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Thank Vin V
Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your response Vin V. Lots of camera clubs and keen photographers are discovering the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens and some of their work is currently on display in our gallery as part of our annual photography competition. We are continually improving access for the elderly and disabled and another major paving project is currently underway. We are... More 

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