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Watermelon Tree in flower, a rare North Coast rainforest tree

The North Coast Regional Botanic Garden is a 20 hectare garden located at the corner of Coffs and Hardacre Streets, a kilometre from the centre of Coffs Harbour in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

The gardens are open from 9 am to 5 pm every day of the year. The glasshouse complex is not open on weekends. Entry is free.

Features

Prime Display Area

A miniature botanic garden covering about 1 hectare showcasing the variety of plantings in the garden.

Natural Forest and Mangroves

Covering about half of the total garden area the native forest and mangrove garden represents the original native vegetation of the area.

Rare and Endangered

The North Coast Region of New South Wales contains 17 of the 20 most endangered plant species in New South Wales. The North Coast Regional Botanic Garden aims to provide a safe area to help ensure the survival of these endangered plants. The garden has a specimen of the endemic swamp orchid (Phaius australis), one of the most endangered plant species in New South Wales.

The Sensory Garden

Located next to the Rare and Endangered area of the garden near the main entrance, the sensory garden contains a variety of aromatic plants.

The Glasshouses

The Glasshouses contain five separate glasshouse buildings which house plants not suited to the natural conditions found in the garden. The glasshouses contain ferns, bromeliads, orchids and arid-climate pants.

Eastern Australian Native Flora

The Eastern Australian Native Flora contains plants from areas with a similar climate to Coffs Harbour. These are mostly from the north coast heathland, coastal areas of New South Wales and sections of Queensland with a climate similar to Coffs harbour.

Exotic Collection

The exotic collection contains plants from overseas with a similar climate to Coffs Harbour, mostly from regions approximately 30 degrees north or south of the equator.

Rainforest

The Rainforest area was planted in 1987 and contains about 350 species.

Japanese Friendship Garden

The Japanese friendship garden was constructed with advice from gardeners from the Botanic Gardens in Sasebo, Coffs Harbour's sister city in Japan.

Facilities

Picnic areas, a mangrove board walk, sensory gardens, toilets, glass houses and wheelchair access.

The gardens have tranquil grassy areas and garden beds of plants from many parts of the world. A special feature is the plantings of rare rainforest trees from northern New South Wales. Supervised by the eminent Australian botanist, Alexander Floyd.

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