Parks and reserves
NSW Botanic Gardens
Whatever natural haven or space you are seeking, you'll find abundance within the botanic gardens, nature reserves and eco-friendly gardens of NSW. With the largest number of botanic gardens in Australia, it is easy to immerse yourself in lush and peaceful surrounds.
Botanic gardens and nature reserves in NSW
National parks and nature reserves cover more than 7 million hectares of New South Wales, with diverse environments ranging from rainforests, to pristine marine parks, to vast outback landscapes, to mountain ranges and World Heritage listed areas. There are over 850 protected areas to explore, rich in biodiversity and natural beauty.
Visit one of New South Wales’ alluring botanic gardens for a relaxing day out, picnic on the grass, enjoy a meal or a coffee at a nearby café, explore carefully-curated gardens, rich woodlands and majestic rainforests sanctuaries that are home to so many native and exotic plants, birds and animals.
Standout NSW gardens include Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens at Mount Tomah, a 28 hectare cool-climate garden located just 90 minutes from Sydney. The garden has a collection of thousands of plants from the southern hemisphere and around the world. There are stunning views of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. There’s also a visitor’s centre and a fantastic local restaurant on site, Tomah Gardens Restaurant, with renowned Chef Sean Moran of Sean’s Panorama overseeing a fantastic local menu.
The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens at Heatherbrae are made up of more than 30 hectares of beautiful landscaped gardens and are home to more than 3,000 species of flora and fauna, with both native and exotic theme gardens. There are also plants for sale at the visitor centre. The Orange Botanic Gardens are another impressive natural paradise. Take the country walk through the gardens and see federation landmarks, billabongs, exotic and native plants and beautiful scenery.
You’ll find the Australian Inland Botanic Garden in the Murray, a beautiful volunteer-run garden home to a wide range of plants and wildlife. Or check out the 130-year-old Albury Botanic Gardens, with its award-winning layout and wide variety of plant species. The Wagga Wagga Gardens are great fun for the whole family, with an adventure playground, and aviary and even a mini zoo.
Indigenous tours at Booderee National Park. Image James Pipino
Evans Crown rock formation at Evans Crown Nature Reserve, Tarana, Blue Mountains NSW. Image Lithgow Tourism
Menindee Lake at dusk, featuring drowned trees (near Kinchega National Park), Outback New South Wales. Image Sally Mayman
Park side view of the Terrigal headland, Broken Head. Central Coast NSW. Image Hamilton Lund
Small group resting with tour guide in Woollool Woollool Aboriginal Place (a 370-ha reserve in Boonoo State Forest), Tenterfield, New England NW, as part of Woollool Woollool Cultural Tours.
Fairy seals, Montague Island, Eurobodalla, South Coast. \r\nImage Arthur Mostead; National Parks and Wildlife Services
The Captains Walk in Cootamundra features busts of every Australian Cricket Captain. Image Paul Foley
Moss Vale park in Autumn
A sculpture from the Living Desert Sculpture Symposium, Broken Hill. Image Mike Newling
Robertson Nature Reserve. Image North Sullivan