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The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

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& kiosks
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History | Tourist links

Address & contact details

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
Narellan Road, Mount Annan NSW 2567, Australia

Postal and delivery address
Mount Annan Drive, Mount Annan, NSW 2567, Australia

Phone: 02 4634 7900
Fax: 02 4634 7950 (International code +61)

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Opening hours The Garden is open every day of the year.
  • Opening and closing hours
    8 am to 7 pm (summer)
    8 am to 5 pm (autumn, winter and spring)
  • Mountain bike trail
    Open to the public the same as the Garden opening hours
    Open to members sunrise to sunset
  • PlantBank
    Mon-Fri 8 am to 5 pm

Note: no pets allowed in the Garden.

Entry fees FREE entry to Garden

 Australian Botanic Garden Map 2011
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Getting there

The Australian Botanic Garden is 57 km from the Sydney CBD, about 45 minutes drive from the city.

  • Car: from the east: from the M5 Motorway take the Narellan Road exit - Route 9. Take the right fork towards Camden/Narellan along Narellan Rd. Continue along Narellan Rd and turn left at second set of traffic lights;
    from the west: Follow the Northern Road onto Narellan Rd at Narellan. Continue along Narellan Rd and turn right at traffic lights indicated by the brown tourist sign the 'Australian Botanic Garden'.
  • Public transport: Take the train from Central Railway Station to Campbelltown Railway Station, then buses run between Campbelltown railway station and Camden via Mount  Annan. Phone Busabout for information on 02 4631 4200. Please note that it is a 4km walk from the bus stop on Narellan Road to the Visitor Centre.
  • Directions and traffic conditions: For directions from your home to the Garden, and current traffic conditions, phone the Roads & Traffic Authority on 132 701 or visit Live Traffic NSW.

Changed traffic conditions at the entrance to the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

Please note that traffic conditions at the Narellan Road entrance to the Australian Botanic Garden have changed. New gates at the entrance to the Garden have been installed at the boundary on Narellan Road. These new gates will provide a more secure environment and help to protect precious wildlife from traffic on Narellan Road. From Monday 15 July, vehicles will not be able to turn left or right into the Garden outside of the Garden’s operating hours of 8 am to 7 pm (during daylight saving) and 8 am to 5 pm (during Eastern Standard Time). Illuminated signs will indicate this at the traffic signals. For further information, please contact the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan on 4634 7900.


When visiting the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, please be aware of zoned parking areas and road regulations. The roads within the Garden are public roads and therefore all normal traffic regulations apply.

Infringement notices will be issued to vehicles parked illegally in no stopping, accessible parking and bus zones at the Garden. This is to control traffic in certain areas and to alleviate the congestion, safety and access issues.

It is our top priority for visitors to have the most enjoyable and safe experience while at the Garden. Thank you for your cooperation.

Disability access
  • Accessible paths: most areas of the Garden are wheelchair accessible, other than the steep paths and stairs. Accessible routes and toilets are signposted.
  • Accessible toilets: Most toilets at the Garden are wheelchair accessible.
  • Accessible parking: Accessible parking spaces are allocated in the main carpark and at each of the picnic areas.
Visitor facilities
  • Picnic facilities: with toilets, picnic shelters and free gas barbecues which can be hired.
  • Mountain bike trail: Open to public 8 am to 7 pm (summer) and 8 am to 5 pm (autumn, winter, spring), open to members sunrise to sunset. Click here for more information on the Mountain bike trail.
  • Guided bus and walking tours: bookings essential, phone 02 4634 7935
  • Education service: including school holiday activities, bookings essential, phone 02 4634 7900
  • Visitor Centre: provides information about the Garden and visitor facilities. Phone 02 4634 7935, fax 02 4634 7963
  • Restaurant: Melaleuca House Cafe - see below.

Visitor Centre
  • Open: 10.00 am - 4.30 pm daily except Christmas Day.
  • The Visitor Centre is right in the heart of the Garden.

All profits from the Visitor Centre benefit the Garden.

Walks & tours
  • Free guided tours:  Our knowledgeable volunteer guides provide free guided tours every Saturday and Sunday. Please call the Visitor Centre for bookings and information on 02 4634 7935.
  • Personalised guided tours: Personalised guided tours can be arranged for tourist groups, social clubs, schools, special interest groups and corporate groups. We will tailor a tour to your group’s interest. Book your tour at the Visitor Centre by phoning 02 4634 7935.
  • Self-guided tours: our self-guided tours are currently being reviewed.

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Restaurants, cafes and kiosks

Melaleuca House Cafe-Restaurant: is open weekdays 8.30 am to 4 pm, weekends 8 am to 4 pm. Breakfast bookings on weekends are recommended. The restaurant can cater for your private function, wedding or any special occasion you might have.

Bookings preferred, phone: 02 4648 3318 or go to their website.

Weddings & venues

This Garden offers special event venue sites that are truly out of the ordinary. You’ll enjoy spectacular gardens, ceremonial lawns, lake views, arbors, native wildlife, seminar facilities and a restaurant with verandahs and a piazza.

  • Weddings - Celebrate your special occasion at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Outdoor events - Spectacular all year round with native garden displays, views and a peaceful natural ambience.
  • Indoor events - Our Bowden Centre provides the perfect venue for special occasions, meetings and conferences.
  • Photography and filming: The Australian Botanic Garden is available for commercial photography and filming. Our experienced staff understand the needs of location work. For further information or to book, phone our marketing and media staff on 02 4634 7933.
Visitor code & regulations

Please help us care for the Garden by following a few simple rules during your visit. We ask visitors to remember:

  • Observe all signs, including speed limits, for your safety and information
  • Children must be supervised at all times
  • Drive only on designated, sealed roads
  • Park only on road edges or in marked parking areas
  • The speed limit is 30 km/h
  • Pedestrians have right of way throughout the Garden
  • Leave pets and firearms at home - note that domestic pets are not permitted in the Garden
  • Only gas barbecues can be used in the Garden
  • Be aware that all wildlife is protected including snakes, spiders and lizards
  • Always wear a helmet when riding bicycles, scooters and skateboards
  • Respect other visitors’ recreation and safety
  • Take rubbish with you.

Please do not:

  • Light fires
  • Camp anywhere on site
  • Swim, wade or fish in lakes, ponds or creeks
  • Pick, damage, remove plants or climb or affix anything to trees
  • Ride skateboards, use rollerblades or bicycles in the Connections Garden
  • Fly kites near electrical power lines, trees or groups of people
  • Push objects into the ground, such as cricket stumps or tent pegs, due to concerns about the spread of soil-borne diseases

Regulations: click here for full list of regulations for the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.


How can I make my picnic sustainable?

Please help us keep the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and the animals that call it home healthy, safe and clean by taking your rubbish home with you. By doing so, you will help control visual pollution and stop precious wildlife becoming reliant on waste products. Wind or curious animals can soon create unsightly trails of any rubbish left behind.

Why not reduce, reuse and recycle at your picnic? You could:

  • Pack your picnic food items in reusable containers
  • Bring reusable plates and cutlery
  • Avoid bringing heavily packaged food items
  • Recycle your rubbish when you get home
  • Encourage your picnic guests to reduce, reuse and recycle too!
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General enquiries

General enquiries, compliments or complaints

Why not visit one of your other two botanic gardens?

View time-lapse video of the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan: 8-9 November 2011