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Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

2100 Pacific Hwy | Heatherbrae, Port Stephens, New South Wales NSW 2324, Australia
+61 2 4987 1655
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Closed over Easter!

We were very disappointed that the garden was closed over Easter. This was not made apparent on the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
roelof u
via mobile
This tourist attraction, cafe, and gift shop are a real bargain

We visited this garden in mid February as a cruise ship excursion from Newcastle. A volunteer... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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 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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  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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2100 Pacific Hwy | Heatherbrae, Port Stephens, New South Wales NSW 2324, Australia
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"insect repellent"
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"run by volunteers"
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"succulent garden"
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"orchid houses"
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"come prepared"
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"native plants"
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"couple of hours"
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"for sale"
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"scones"
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"mozzies"
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"orchids"
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"paths"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank roelof u
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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank retireeVancouver
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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

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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

Thank SteveGE2014
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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

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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

Thank Ms_LAW_12
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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.

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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

Thank Scottiehere
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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

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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

Thank Norman B
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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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Reviewed 3 August 2017

Following a wander round the well laid out gardens I ordered a pot of tea and piece of apple pie at the cafe and sat at an outside table while I waited for my family. After 20 minutes I still hadn't received my order and...More

Thank DianeC380
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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Thank you for the feedback DianeC380. I'm very sorry you had such a long wait and will follow up with the volunteers concerned. As a not for profit community organisation we sometimes have difficulty in recruiting enough volunteers for our busy Cafe. Maybe numbers were...More

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Reviewed 24 July 2017

I drive past the gardens all the time and I always say I must go in there one day and have a look, so over the weekend I finally did. There is an onsite cafe that just has the basics, nothing flash, but the ladies...More

Thank iamsuey
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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thank you for your nice review iamsuey. It's always great to get such positive feedback from our visitors. As you are no doubt aware, the Gardens are managed and maintained by volunteers from the Hunter community without Government or Council funding to help with running...More

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Reviewed 15 July 2017

A nice way to spend a couple of hours enjoying some nice examples of Australian Flora. There is a great little tea house on site run by volunteers who serve great refreshments and some nice scones.

Thank LEE S
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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thank you for your review LEE S. We really appreciate your comments. Please call in to see us again soon.

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

The volunteers have done a great job making this place beautiful and easy to visit. An easy couple of hours to meander without crowds. Love the succulent section and the orchids. Mozzies can be bad, but just come prepared.More

Thank 409islands
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Botanist1, General Manager at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Thank you for your review 409islands. Our hard working volunteers love to get such positive feedback from our visitors. We're glad you had an enjoyable time at the Gardens. The Succulent garden and our Orchid houses are very popular and have some beautiful specimens on...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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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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