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Forest Sensory Garden

Coming soon: mid-2022

The role of a sensory garden is to create connections with our natural world by engaging the senses.

A sensory garden encourages you to see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. By engaging your senses, the garden offers new experiences, interaction, stimulation, and relaxation.

Coming soon

Our new Forest Sensory Garden will delight, challenge and engage the senses of all guests, regardless of culture, age, or ability.

Replacing the former sensory garden that was destroyed by fire, we expect to unveil the new garden in mid-2022. It will cover approximately 800 square metres, with a range of pathways, information prompts, and active and restful zones.

Here's a peek at what you'll find there...

Photograph of the white Philotheca flower

See

The Forest Sensory Garden will be visually stimulating.

  • Giant insects will both delight and confuse our sense of scale.
  • Colourful mosaics, fascinating sculptures and vibrant plants will entice our eyes to explore.
  • Shadows and light will play and dance through the forest canopy.

Hear

Sounds in the garden will be both relaxing and engaging.

  • Listen to the intriguing sound of splashing water in a seemingly dry creek bed.
  • Hear the Casuarina trees sigh as the wind whistles through their foliage.
  • Guess the owner of sounds from the soundbar that broadcasts forest noises with the push of a button - is it summer cicadas, cockatoos, or a lyrebird call?
Close cropped photograph of a yellow Banksia flower on a tree branch.

Touch

With a variety of textures, the Forest Sensory Garden will invite feeling experiences.

  • Smooth and rough bark, hard and soft leaves provide tactile contrast all around.
  • Feel the river pebbles underfoot, the soft brush of grasses and the rigid materials of sculptures and landscape treatments.
  • Seasonal changes will welcome hot and cold, wet and dry elements to the space.

Smell

The forest is filled with the perfume of our native flora.

  • Mint bushes and Eycalupts will release fragrant oils.
  • Visitors can encourage unique bush aromas by brushing past foliage or stopping to pick and crush a small leaf.
  • Let different scents interact with your feelings and memories.
  • What delights your sense might be repulsive to someone else. Smells obvious to some can go undetected by others.
Close cropped photograph of pink Lilli Pilli fruit berries.

Taste

With assistance from our experienced guides, you can enjoy the taste of fruits and plants.

  • Visitors can experience the flavours known for thousands of years by Aboriginal people of the region.
  • Discover Australian plants that produce edible fruits, nuts, seeds, leaves and tubers.