George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

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Australia - NT - Darwin

Institution Code: DARW

BGCI Member: No

About the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

The Gardens was 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 the city.

They 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. Being close to sea, sand and sports facilities visitors can experience a continuum of activities from highly active to quietly passive.

Main Address:
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
PO Box 1448, Darwin, NT, 0801
NT 0801 Australia

Telephone: 61 (0)8 99944493
Fax: 61 (0)8 8981 1647
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Bryan Harty
    Curator's Name: Paul Munns
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Paul Munns
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 14
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 6

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
  • Date founded: 1886
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 42 Hectares
    Latitude: -12.4465143
    Longitude: 130.8349462
    Annual Rainfall: 1801 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:30 % of collection if Australian flora. Arecaceae, Orchidaceae, economic plants, bromeliads, Ficus, Terminalia.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes