Redeveloping the Visitor Centre

The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden Redevelopment Project

Our Botanic Garden has grown rapidly over the last decade, fast becoming a significant regional botanical collection and tourist attraction. With growing visitor numbers, overstretched facilities and concerns about the long term security of the gardens important heritage listed Wallace Herbarium pressure was on to plan for the future.

The Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden through impressive fundraising efforts have provided over $400,000.00 for the project. These funds in addition to $160,000.00 made available by Eurobodalla Shire Council have provided the vital seed funding needed to attract State and Federal grant funding.

Driven by a working group that includes representatives from Council, the community, and the Friends of the Garden, this collaborative project has been in the planning stages for several years to determine the ideal combination of features to see the Garden into the future. With significant funding secured, the redevelopment has now begun.

Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden Redevelopment Project

Project details

This redevelopment will build on the existing valuable features of the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, enhance the educational opportunities delivered by the Garden, and provide world class facilities to accommodate growth of up to 150,000 visitors annually. It will include:

  • a purpose built facility for the heritage listed Wallace Herbarium and the completion of the Plant Science Precinct
  • a new café located in a beautiful setting, showcasing local produce
  • a multi-purpose community function space, including kitchenette and indoor space able to accommodate 100 people for events, exhibitions, workshops and meetings
  • an education hub, equipped with computers and digital microscopes, to provide a focal point for natural history education for Garden visitors
  • a large retail and interpretive space offering visitor information facilities, native plant sales, merchandise and works by regional artists
  • an upgrade to the Gardens’ nursery and propagation facilities to allow the Gardens to increase its support for revegetation activities across Eurobodalla, and enhance the existing educational program available to school groups
  • improved parking, security, new highway frontage and signage treatments.

Stage 1, expected completion in February 2019

A purpose built facility for the heritage listed Wallace Herbarium, including:

  • parking and access road
  • landscaping, accessible pathways and toilets, and an upgrade to the Gardens’ nursery and propagation facilities to allow the Gardens to increase its support for revegetation activities across Eurobodalla, and enhance the existing educational program available to school groups.

Stage 2, expected completion in June 2019

Convert the former herbarium space into a new facility that includes:

  • a large retail and interpretive space offering visitor information facilities, native plant sales, merchandise and works by regional artists
  • an education hub, equipped with computers and digital microscopes, to provide a focal point for natural history education for Garden visitors.

Stage 3, expected completion in mid September 2019

Construct a new café in the beautiful Garden setting, showcasing local produce.

Stage 4, expected completion late December 2019

Completion of a multi-purpose community function space, including:

  • an indoor space able to accommodate 100 people for events, exhibitions, workshops and meetings
  • kitchenette and administration areas.

Stage 5, expected completion March 2020

The finishing touches will complete the redevelopment, including improved parking, security, new highway frontage and signage treatments.