Photo: View of the gardens towards The Old Gum Tree, a 300 yr old river red gum.
Barossa Bushgardens in Nuriootpa are open daily from dawn to dusk. The main gate on Research Rd is open for pedestrian, vehicle access and plant sales on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm.
There is also seven day pedestrian access off Penrice Rd Coulthard Reserve entrance, just follow the cycle path east before crossing the ford
Barossa Bushgardens is a regional native flora centre, conserving, promoting and supplying the Barossa region's unique local native plants. It is a model social enterprise, a not-for-profit business which returns profits to environmental conservation.
Idyllically situated on a 7 hectare site on Research Road Nuriootpa, this community project provides a reference point for anyone wishing to learn more about the region's local native plants.
For information on local native plants listed according to soil type and location, go to our "Barossa Local Native Plant List". Over 100 of the Barossa's 400 species are showcased at Barossa Bushgardens regional native flora centre, including display gardens.
Barossa Bushgardens boasts seven display gardens, such as the "CFS Fire-wise Garden", the "Truly Australian Front Garden", the "Sensory Garden", the "Eremophila Garden", and "The Old Gum Tree" tree restoration project.
Other suppliers of local Barossa native plants are listed on the "Suppliers List". Autumn and early winter are the best times to plant natives.
For plant and seed sales contact nursery manager Pam Payne on 0448 676 348 during working hours, preferably Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Local native seedlings are also on sale at the Bushgardens stand at Barossa Nursery, Barossa Valley Way, Nuriootpa (8562 2288).
Walking trails, interpretive signage and individually signed plants make a leisurely stroll through the gardens a worthwhile experience. "Self-Guided Tour Flyers" can be downloaded here or collected at the entrance. Guided tours are available by contacting Ray Duance on 8562 1732 ($5.00 per person).
Open Day Plant Sales are held twice a year in April and September. Thousands of local seedlings are available for sale, and guided tours and workshops are also on offer. See the local press or Barossa Wine & Tourism Association (8563 0600) for details of Open Days.
Entry is free. Donations are appreciated. Open to the public 365 days a year.
Barossa Bushgardens' major sponsors are The Barossa Council, Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board, Penfolds Wines, Torbreck Vintners and Barossa Village.
For more information on the Bushgardens' aims and local information including baseline data on bird species look at the "Bushgardens Interpretive Sign".
Chairperson Kate Jenkins
(08) 8566 2553
Co ordinator Sarah Barrett
(08) 8562 4775
Guided tours and workshop enquiries Ray Duance
(08) 8562 1732
Seedling & seed sales - nursery manager Pam Payne
0448 676 348
Pic ture (Above): One of the low water use display gardens using local plant species.