The North Coast Regional Botanic Garden is designed to feature the forest and plants indigenous to the local Coffs Harbour area, as well as rare and endangered Australian Native species, and species native to other parts of Australia in specifically designated areas. Exotic areas display flora from parts of the world suited to the sub-tropical climate of Coffs Harbour.
Special sections have been set aside to feature important information. These include the waterwise garden, the mangrove boardwalk and the Aboriginal plants walk.
Informational signage describes important topics such as the role of mangroves in ecosystems, biodiversity and methods of coping with the changing climate.
International connections: Seed Bank volunteers clean and store seed which is catalogued and made available to botanic gardens throughout the world. With many species in decline, this provides a valuable source of seed for rare and endangered species.
National and local connections: The Herbarium stores pressed plants, seeds and flowers. Volunteer caretakers of the Herbarium use these to identify plants sent to them by academic institutions, government departments as well as interested individuals.