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Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

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Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
Photograph: Supplied, Ku-ring-gai Council
A pool at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
Photograph: Supplied, Ku-ring-gai Council
Native flowers at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
Photograph: Supplied, Ku-ring-gai Council
Pink flowers at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
Photograph: Supplied, Ku-ring-gai Council
A rare bloom at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
Photograph: Supplied, Ku-ring-gai Council

Time Out says

A verdant oasis of native plant life is hiding just north of the city

In a city that’s far from shy about showing off its natural beauty, it’s a surprise that one of its prettiest corners may well be one of its best-kept secrets. Adjacent to Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park in Sydney’s North, there’s a whopping 123 hectares of wildflower gardens surrounded by Sydney sandstone bushland. Every plant found here is native, although not necessarily local – these colourful blooms have been sourced from across Australia, including 18 threatened species of flora.

The gardens were first planted in 1968 as a sanctuary for Indigenous plants and animals. Today, in addition to their array of floral delights, the gardens also feature running paths, fitness areas, picnic spots, and the charming, heritage-listed Caley’s Pavillion and patio, although this is currently closed for renovations. There’s also a wildflower nursery where you can pick up some beautiful Australian plants to take home, and a visitor centre where you can learn more about the garden’s history and get information on guided bushwalks and other events.


Address: 420 Mona Vale Rd
St Ives
Price: Free
Opening hours: 8am-5pm daily
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