What to see and do

Facilities

George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens has all of the following facilities:

  • an information centre 
  • Darwin's largest ornamental fountain
  • a waterfall deep in the rainforest
  • drinking water
  • public toilets
  • electric BBQs
  • picnic tables
  • Eva's Café, one of the oldest churches in the NT.

A mobility scooter is available and must be booked in advance by calling 08 8999 4418.

Activities you can do

You can do all of the following at the gardens any time of year:

  • take a stroll through 42ha of botanic gardens
  • enjoy coffee and cake at Eva’s Café in the historic Wesleyan Church
  • retreat in the Shade Garden
  • walk through the rainforest and hear the sound of the waterfall
  • count the different types of butterflies in the Sensory Garden
  • relax on the fountain lawn
  • enjoy a BBQ next to the lily pond and spot the water monitor lizard
  • picnic on the lawns
  • look at the art gallery in the Eco House
  • see the tallest fountain in the Darwin area
  • travel on a guided Segway tour to explore the gardens.

Children's activities 

All of the following are activities for children at the gardens:

  • roll down Frangipani Hill
  • ride scooters or bikes on the garden paths
  • race a boat down the creek in the Children’s Playground
  • play games on the Heritage Lawn
  • race up the birdcage tree house in the Children’s Playground.

There are regular activities during the school holidays.

Wildlife

You can spot the following wildlife at the gardens:

  • the mysterious rufous owl in the rainforest
  • the 5m snake in the raintree
  • the giant spider webs throughout the gardens
  • squabbling chooks in the Snakebean Garden.

See how many birds you can spot from the gardens bird list. Check out the rufous owl sighting book in the Orientation Centre - it is regularly updated by our visitors.

Flowers

All of the following are flowers and other botanic beauties you can enjoy at the gardens:

  • vibrant flowers in the Desert Rose garden
  • primitive Cycad Garden
  • frangipani flowers
  • wide range of boabs in the African Madagascar Garden
  • the exceptional NT native plant collections in the woodland area
  • the unique tea pot boab tree and cannon ball tree
  • organic Snakebean Garden
  • colourful bromeliads and unique orchids in the plant display house.

Garden features

Plant display house

Tropical orchids, bromeliads, other exotic plants and special seasonal displays. 

Cycads

Cycads are grown throughout the gardens. 

NT, Australian and international cycads are displayed near the Geranium Street entrance.

Palms

Approximately 450 species, most near or in the Rainforest Gully.

Rainforest Gully

Waterfall and ponds provide a setting for an established rainforest with an understorey of palms and shade plants. 

Follow the boardwalk through the rainforest loop to see the magnificent trees.

Children's playground

A refreshing, safe and shady retreat for children and parents.

Native Top End plants

Planted throughout the gardens, particularly in open woodland.

Baobab collection

In the northern part of the gardens the baobab collection contains species from Africa and Madagascar.

Mangroves and coastal plants

These plants are on the beach side of Gilruth Avenue - a boardwalk forms part of a walking track to the museum.

The former Wesleyan Methodist church

This unique prefabricated church was designed, constructed and erected on Knuckey Street, Darwin in 1897.

It is one of the oldest churches in the NT.  

In 2000 the church was moved and reassembled at the Gardens Road entrance.

The building now serves as Eva's Cafe.

Rufous owls

Rufous owls are often sighted in the gardens. Check out the rufous owl sighting book in the Orientation Centre - it is regularly updated by visitors.

Desert rose display

See the vibrant desert roses.

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Last updated: 13 October 2017