Our Eastern Australian native plant collection is drawn from regions with similar climate and rainfall to Coffs Harbour. There are three main areas in which to find these species: North Coast Heathland, New South Wales, and Queensland. Additionally species that are endangered in the wild can be found in the Rare and Endangered sections.
North Coast Heathland
This garden area has been planted with many of the heathland species typical of the sandy coastal strip along the NSW North Coast. It includes many species of native peas, banksias, tea trees, heaths, lilies and sedges. There are two well-drained beds for the dry heath. There is also one with artificially impeded drainage for the wet heath where Christmas Bells, Wallum Banksias and Bottlebrushes may be seen.
New South Wales
This section contains a wide variety of plant species from many different habitats, most growing naturally from Newcastle northwards on the coast and along the Great Dividing Range. This is an interesting area to explore and learn about the flora that fascinated the early explorers, especially Joseph Banks.
A fine specimen of hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) grows in the grassy area in the Southern NSW beds, and two native cypress pines are planted at the back.
Look for members of the citrus family – soft boronia found only in the Glenreagh/Coramba area, and thin-leaved boronia. Ground covers and flowers such as flannel flowers and everlastings form a colourful mat in the raised beds. Northwards, closer to the Queensland section there are midgenberry, Kunzeas, feather wattles, satinwoods and tea-trees.
Close to the main path you will see the broad-leaved and narrow-leaved geebungs (Persoonia stradbrokensis, Persoonia linearis). You may notice that we have selected the exquisite yellow flower of Persoonia stradbrokensis as our Garden emblem.
North of the NSW beds is collection featuring plants from Queensland that tolerate our north coast climate. Members of the myrtle family, grevilleas and pendas are frequently alive with birds. Close to the creek is the Little Kurrajong (Brachychiton bidwillii), which has beautiful delicate pink flowers. In this section you will also find unusual grevilleas and lillypillies.