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Australia’s must-see botanic gardens

Beautiful botanic gardens are dotted throughout Australia and burst with vibrant landscapes.

And many have individual or rare attributes that ensure they are must-visit material.

So, we handpicked a super selection of Australian botanic gardens complete with fascinating finds.

Unearth these beauties, most of which are free to visit.

Ballarat Botanical Gardens have several interesting finds. More below.

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Adelaide Botanic Garden, SA

Spotted on the cusp of the CBD, this attraction allows for easy viewing of various individual sections. The standout features are two man-made structures: The Palm House is a striking, near-150-year-old Victorian glasshouse that contrasts with the Bicentennial Conservatory, a whopping, spaceship-like facility home to a mini-rainforest.

Nearest BIG4 parks: BIG4 Adelaide Caravan Park or BIG4 West Beach Parks.

The Palm House at Adelaide Botanic Garden is stunning. Credit: Frankie The Creative.

Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton, VIC

These immaculately presented gardens have a sharp focus on the local environment. As a point of difference, the gardens take visitors on a journey of change via various themed sections and are surrounded by bushland.

Nearest BIG4 park: BIG4 Shepparton Park Lane Holiday Park.

Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton has a basket-load of plant life to unearth.

Ballarat Botanical Gardens, VIC

A feast of flowers, abundant National Trust-listed trees, and a wonderful positioning on the edge of Lake Wendouree ensure these cool-climate gardens are enticing. The surprise find within here is the series of bronze busts of Australia’s many Prime Ministers.

Nearest BIG4 parks: BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park and BIG4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park.

There is plenty to hold a gaze at Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

There are 3000-plus varieties of Western Australian plants to discover and ample areas of interest for all ages. Better yet, this ranks as one of Perth’s biggest attractions owing to the sensational views that are gifted from here. Head for the State War Memorial for outstanding city vistas, or climb the DNA Tower for breathtaking outlooks.

Nearest BIG4 park: BIG4 Perth Midland Tourist Park.

Sweeping city views: Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs, NT

This garden falls into the ‘not your average’ category, as it wonderfully showcases the immensely interesting plant life of Australia’s arid zone. In addition, abundant species that are endemic to the Red Centre are also on display.

Nearest BIG4 park: BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park.

Olive Pink Botanic Garden dishes up a feast of goodies. Credit: Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW

Australia’s oldest botanic gardens occupy prime real estate. The attraction is spotted on Sydney Harbour, so expect glittering views. The eyes should also give much attention to the host of feature gardens, including the gorgeous Oriental and rose gardens. Also take a peek at the Wollemi pine, one of the rarest plants on the planet.

Nearest BIG4 parks: NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park or Ingenia Holidays Nepean River.

Bloomin' beautiful: Royal Botanic Gardens. Credit: Destination NSW.

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, TAS

These are Australia’s second-oldest botanic gardens and erupt with vibrancy and all manner of points of interest. Among them are a Japanese garden, a lily pond, and the fascinating Sub Antarctic Plant House. The cool-climate gardens are within strolling distance of the CBD.

Nearest BIG4 park: BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens offer variable landscapes. Credit: Lusy Productions.

Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, Buronga, NSW

Billed as the first semi-arid botanic gardens in the southern hemisphere, this attraction showcases plants from every continent – minus Antarctica! The collections feature rare and endangered species, and the gardens join a select group with a significant focus on plants from arid climates. Be sure to check out the ‘wow’ tree, estimated to be a whopping 2500 years old, as well as the magnificent rose garden.

Nearest BIG4 parks: BIG4 Golden River Holiday Park and BIG4 Mildura Getaway Holiday Park.

Go on a floral world tour at Australian Inland Botanic Gardens. Credit: Destination NSW.

Mt Lofty Botanic Garden, Adelaide Hills, SA

Typifying the outlandish beauty of the Adelaide Hills, these gorgeous gardens explode with visual delights. While the colour-fest is most pronounced each autumn, this 97ha botanic beauty shines year-round thanks to an assortment of plant life best admired along one of many walking tracks.

Nearest BIG4 parks: BIG4 Hahndorf Resort, BIG4 Adelaide Caravan Park, or BIG4 West Beach Parks.

Crowd pleaser: Mt Lofty Botanic Garden. Credit: Sam Williams.

Queens Park and Botanic Gardens, Toowoomba, QLD

Toowoomba is known as the ‘Garden City’ for its abundant green spaces, and this attraction is arguably its premier find. The centrally located gardens are a key focus for the city’s famed Carnival of Flowers festival, usually held each September. Expect a profusion of colours for much of the year with dedicated gardens and other displays allowing for easy navigation.

Nearest BIG4 park: BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park.

Queens Park helps cement Toowoomba's Garden City tag. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Planted on the cusp of the CBD, these action-packed gardens deliver a rich array of rewards for visitors. There are highlights galore with various dedicated plant collections, lakes and islands, guided punt tours, and room and shade aplenty to picnic. And don’t miss Guilfoyle's Volcano, a captivating water reservoir with prime city views.

Nearest BIG4 parks: BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park or BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park.

Please note: The gardens are temporarily closed.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne is filled with rich experiences.

Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, QLD

Sprawling, sub-tropical surrounds that attract abundant bird life is just the start of the appeal. Within these confines are some of Bundaberg’s best attractions, including the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, paying tribute to an underrated aviation hero; Fairymead House, where you can delve into the history of the local sugar industry; and the Bundaberg and District Historical Museum.

Nearest BIG4 parks: BIG4 Bargara Beach Caravan Park or BIG4 Cane Village Holiday Park.

Bundaberg Botanic Gardens is home to some of the city's best attractions. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin, NSW

Expect endless eye candy within these stunning surrounds. There are 10 distinct gardens, and each is seriously enthralling. They feature both native and exotic flora and include an Oriental, sunken, and storybook garden. A series of walking tracks allows for visitors to explore their preferred areas with ease.

Nearest BIG4 park: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie.

Pretty as a picture: Hunter Valley Gardens. Credit: Destination NSW.

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