I was lucky enough to be invited to stay with a fellow blogger on my visit to Australia at the end of last year. Meg very kindly took me on a tour of her region and knowing how much I enjoy visiting gardens, arranged a trip to the Eurobodalla gardens near Bateman’s Bay. It was a rather cloudy day, but we were soon lost in exploration and spent a pleasant few hours wandering around this site which has also become home to a variety of native animals providing them with new habitats; planted gardens, open grassed spaces and permanent water supplies.

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The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens is situated within the Shire of Eurobodalla, approximately 270 kilometres south of Sydney, and 150 kilometres east of Canberra. The Shire extends over 110 kilometres of coastline from Durras Lake in the north to Wallaga Lake in the south. The Gardens grows only those plant species occurring naturally within the Collecting Region.

Bottlebrushes / Callistemon

The variety, sizes and colours of these plants fascinate me. From the buds bursting with colour and tiny tendrils escaping, to full brushes and exquisite tiny seed pods remaining. Some have a honey scent too.

 Wildlife in the garden

The wildlife was unexpected. Seeing kangaroos lying across the pathways was an interesting experience for me, though I have come across them in previous visits inhabiting golf courses and the like. I didn’t get too close though. The rather cheeky fairy wren entertained us at lunch-time. Well actually there were three males and a couple of females, all vying for the attention of the camera. Unfortunately it was at this point that I realised that my batteries were dying.

The Guardians

These sculptures act as the Guardians of the trees, the lakes, the earth, the plants and the people, past and present, who attend these Gardens. This is reciprocated by Nature being the Guardian of Humanity.

The sculptures can also be seen as a family where we humans, as a family need to watch over our heritage of Nature’s beauty for the benefit of our children – our descendants.

It is this relationship of Guardianship which is most delicate and needs to be nurtured for Nature to continue to co-exist with us, and we with Nature

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(The Guardians” sculpture in Mt Gambier limestone by Kathleen E McKenzie in memory of David Rees 1920 – 2000 a founding member of the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens)

The Burrawangs (top left) belong to a very ancient group of plants known as CYCADS, which flourished along with ferns and conifers as far back as 260 million years, long before flowering plants evolved. Macrozamia communis is the only one which occurs naturally in this region. It is quite common, often growing in association with Corymbia maculata (Spotted Gum). The plant is very slow growing and often does not develop much of its short trunk above ground. The plants reporoduce by seed which develops within the cone-like structures. The seed is bright red when ripe and is poisonous. M. communis has been chosen as the Garden’s logo.

Burrawangs in the wild near Potato Point

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34 thoughts on “Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden

  1. I’ve been waiting to see your take on my neck of the woods, especially your wren photos. Although we covered the same ground, we saw so differently. I love your wildlife collection, the collage of the gurdians and the callistemon gallery. And who’s that stooping woman in black peering behind a camera?

    I’ve just scheduled a burrawang post, clearing the decks before I head off to another world. I was hoping the seeds would be red, but not yet. A sequel, if I get back in time to catch them. I like the use of circles for them.

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    1. I wanted to get one south coast post done before you head north; don’t worry I have a few more in mind 🙂
      How’s your garden looking then? Slightly denuded?

      I haven’t used the circles gallery often, but am finding it quite interesting for showing off flowers, especially if you stick to three.

      Safe travels Meg. I bet you are so excited at seeing those terrible two(s) again 😀 Is J also going?

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      1. Not this time. He has to dog sit as the son heads off for a month in Panama: the Queensland son will be snowboarding in Japan. This a travel year. My deck garden died while I was away: I’ll start it up again in Spring. I hope you’re not missing your little one too much.

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        1. Has the rainforest been chopped down?

          I receive photos and little movies of Lorenzo so that’s good, not the same as holding him of course 😦 but I have another one due in a month so I shall be speeding to Wiltshire on a more regular basis. Need to buy a house with a garden and room for a dining table so they can visit us in the future too.

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        2. I started very young! I could have been my eldest grandchild’s mother – in fact on my first visit to Australia several people thought I was!

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        3. Rainforest pruned with some sensitivity – although they left two ute-loads on the nature strip for so long that J removed them. My complaint hasn’t got any response. No sign of the loppers who were going to remove the collapsing melaleuca.

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    1. Hard not to get good photos of these amazing plants and trees Carol, though it was a dismal day, which actually works quite well for flower close-ups. Not so well for landscapes. How are you doing? We are now thinking of looking in Norfolk for a house – seems we can get bigger and cheaper than Cornwall.

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      1. Highly recommend Norfolk as house prices are good, much better than Suffolk and Essex. Countryside is pretty and good access to coast and London train. Himself being an Ipswich Town supporter would rather die than live in Norfolk. Men!
        I have found our dream house house but we’d have to build it. Know a good building contractor?

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        1. I’d love to have my home built as I know exactly what I want (which makes finding one that much harder I suppose), but land is so expensive we’d have nothing left to build it with 😦

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        2. Plan A is looking at Zoopla and Rightmove several times a day, changing the particulars and looking again, hopping in the car to have a look at the outside of a property, thinking ‘nah’ and going back to the Internet. How are you going about it?

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        3. Similar except for the hopping into the car to have a look. It’s even more difficult when you are looking in a different area 😦

          I wish all estate agents had to provide floor plans and the total floor space and plot size!

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        4. That’s why I like zoopla and rightmove. I look at pics first, floor plan second, which usually gives total square footage too. Many estate agent sites are not as informative.

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        5. I don’t like zoopla that much although they do seem to have more info on when the property first went on the market. I thought it was individual estate agents who did the floor plans though? And some of them don’t.

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  2. beautiful post Jude, what a bonus when visiting a new area to have a local to show you around and when that local has the same interests as you ie photography and nature, it is a bonus. I missed these gardens so it looks as though I will have to go that way again.

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  3. What a stunner of a post this is, Jude! So many lovely plants and that cute little wren 🙂 And your nifty treatment of the sculptures!

    I love the stonework on the Norfolk houses, incidentally 🙂

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  4. What a WONDERFUL post, Jude – you talented woman ! I can olnly hope it’s even more interesting to non-Aussies than to us. Gorgeous blog, this one, too !!!!

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  5. Wow – what stunning, lovely and totally adorable images, Jude. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but Siri and Selma are definitely going for the kangaroos, so cute! 🙂

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