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George Brown Darwin Botanical Gardens

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The George Brown Darwin Botanical Gardens were established more than 130 years ago as a place to experiment with different crops to feed the small local settlement. Through several destructive cyclones and a great deal of WWII bombing, the gardens have kept on thriving and have become an important recreational and scientific space for Darwin and its residents.

George Brown Darwin Botanical Gardens

When the gardens were severely damaged by Cyclone Tracy in 1974 and 89 per cent of the gardens were destroyed, the revival effort was led by one George Brown and the gardens were subsequently renamed in his honour. The gardens are located in the Fanny Bay area of Darwin on the aptly named Geranium Street, just a couple of kilometres from the CBD, and extend from the coast inland, which makes it one of a very select group of botanic gardens around the world that includes estuarine plant life in addition to other botanical specimens.

Today the botanical gardens is home to a large variety of native and introduced plant species including some stunning monsoon vine thicket, Tiwi Islands wet forest and mangroves. On a steamy Darwin day, this is a sultry, yet refreshing, place to head with a picnic or have a barbecue and take it easy among the orchids, bromeliads and other verdant surroundings. The gardens are set on 42 hectares and are open to the public from 7am to 7pm daily and there are barbecue and bathroom facilities as well as a children’s playground for the kiddies to enjoy.

 
 

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