The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

The Gardens were established 130 years ago to introduce and evaluate plants for food and flavour to a small developing community and has since become important in the recreational and scientific life of Darwin.

The Gardens have survived numerous cyclones and the direct effects of World War Two. The site extends inland from the sea to a plateau providing a range of planting environments and is one of a few botanic gardens in the world which has marine and estuarine plants naturally in its grounds.

The location of the gardens is within the Fannie Bay cultural and recreational precinct and places it amongst primary tourist venues.

Close to the city, it takes around a half and hour to a forty five minute walk to walk into the Gardens.

More Information

For more information on the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, visit the links below;

Suicide prevention walk

Out of the Shadows and into the Light

Show your support to preventing suicide and remember those lost by joining Lifeline Top End as they walk out of the shadows and into the light at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

Date: Saturday 12 September 2015

Time: 7.30am

Place: Central Green, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

By taking part you will be making a difference to people's lives by raising awareness to suicide prevention.

For more information visit RSVP online by 6 September 2015.

View the flyer (pdf 2.6MB)

Promotional poster - feet walking on boardwalk 


The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens are a holding a Twitchathon!

Whether you're an experienced twitcher or you are just starting out, get involved and register a team! Have fun spotting and learning about birds while in the chance to win some fabulous prizes!

The Twitchathon will be held on Sunday 27 September, 7am-5pm.

For more information or to register a team, please contact Nigel on 8999 4433 or

View the flyer (pdf 134Kb)

Whistling Kite (bird) 

Exciting News for Botanic Gardens Visitors

Rufous Owl spotted at Botanic GardensThe Rufous Owls have been sighted again in the Gardens. This is the first sighting since they disappeared over 2 years ago.

Two adults and one juvenile seen in the morning on 20 November 2013 near the Rainforest area in the Botanic Gardens by a visitor determined to find a Rufous owl before leaving to go to Western Australia.

For more infomation please see the staff in the Visitors Centre.

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Eva's Cafe - Now Open

Now is the time to enjoy a coffee in the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. 

Open daily from 7am - 3pm

Via Gardens road entry of Botanic Gardens.

Contact 0434 544 210


Asbestos has been discovered at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.
Left alone, this particular type of asbestos poses no risk to human health.

However, Gardens management has developed a management plan that will be regularly reviewed in collaboration with licensed asbestos experts and NT WorkSafe.

This plan includes training for Gardens staff in how to report asbestos findings and a method of emu picking to remove known and visible asbestos material.

Over the longer term, adaptive management practices are being considered for areas suspected to be affected by asbestos, which includes the Bullocky Tidal Mounds along Gilruth Avenue and Conacher Street, as well as the Poinciana lawn, the Woodland, Africa, Madagascar and Birdsong Gully Areas.

The Department of Infrastructure has engaged a licensed contractor on the Gardens' behalf to identify the recently located asbestos within the Gardens, and removal has commenced. As part of this process, air control monitoring by a licensed consultant has alleviated any concerns for public safety.

This website will be updated so the community remains well informed on this matter.

Desert Rose Display

The Gardens were lucky enough to adopt a beautiful Desert Rose tree that was rescued by residents of Stuart Park. Contributions of more desert roses from the FRIENDS of the Gardens and our Nursery Manager we were able to complete our display. Now a fantastic feature of the Holtze lawn it is certainly something to see while you are in the Gardens!

Desert Rose Desert Rose Tree

Managing Dogs at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens currently permits owners to walk their dogs unrestrained.  The onus is solely on dog owners to ensure responsible control of their dogs at all times.  

The Botanic Gardens is one of a number of designated Parks or Reserves administrated by the Territory Government that currently allows dogs to be unleashed, which is uncommon in comparison to Botanic Gardens in other jurisdictions where dogs are only permitted on a leash and in some cases not at all.  

If you have any queries in relation to the above please contact; or phone 08 8999 4418.