Hunter-bot-gdn.JPG (26394 bytes)Hunter Region Botanic Gardens: North of Sydney, between Newcastle and Raymond Terrace, on the Pacific Highway is the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens. The gardens are quite extensive and preserve some of the original Hunter Valley flora as well as having large cultivated areas featuring both native and exotic plants. We have visited the gardens on a number of occasions and have not managed to explore all of the area. The Protea Garden is one area of great interest, featuring plants from South Africa. We always visit the Grevillea and Acacia Gardens. They both feature many species from both these genera. The majority of plants are labeled which is a great help with identification. Two Grevilleas were of particular interest. Grevillea beadleana and Grevillea mollis are both rare species from our part of the world on the Northern Tablelands of NSW. The photograph shows a large Grevillea (probably Moonlight) near the Garden's carpark.
The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens have an information centre, picnic areas and a café. The Gardens are an ideal place to Stop,  Revive and Survive.