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Botanic Gardens

Orange Botanic Gardens is a natural undulating 17 hectare site which features an impressive native and exotic plant collection.

Botanic Gardens EntranceThe Gardens were officially opened in 1988 for the Australian Bicentenary with plantings ranging from original native and exotic trees to newly developed displays.

The Country Walk offers the visitor all the pleasures of a stroll through varying landscapes:

  • The homestead garden
  • The billabong
  • Exotic and indigenous woodlands
  • Apple orchard including historic varieties
  • Heritage rose garden set below a historic church
  • Analemmatic sundial (human involvement sundial)

The Function Centre at the Orange Botanic GardensRelax and enjoy the wonderful scenery, the district views, bird watching, engage in a family picnic or take a relaxing stroll through the gardens.

Clover Hill Function Centre

The Function Centre at the Botanic Gardens (at left) is an ideal location for business events and social occaisions. r.

For all enquiries regarding functions and events at the Botanic Gardens Function Centre, or weddings, social events or ceremonies anywhere in the gardens please make contact with Council on 6393 8000.



The Gardens on Video

You can learn about the seasonal changes at the Orange Botanic Gardens by watching interesting video clips about the latest events.

Exploring the Gardens

A self-guided walking tour is an ideal way to explore the huge variety of plants to be found in the Botanic Gardens. The Walking Tour Brochure 2016 can be downloaded here and includes a map of the main features of the garden and a walking path which connects them.

A special display has also been developed at the Gardens which highlights many varieties of Australian Native Grasses.

Gardens Map ... Single-click to see a larger imageThis Australian Native Grasses brochure can be downloaded here.

Friends of the Botanic Gardens

The gardens has an active group of volunteers, the Friends of the Botanic Gardens, who are involved in hands-on projects and have a regular newsletter.

Gardens on Facebook

Facebook Icon ThumbYou can stay in touch with the latest day-to-day events at the Botanic Gardens by Liking our Facebook page.



Botanic Gardens Master Plan

Should you wish to view the current Orange Botanic Gardens Master Plan please click this link. (It is a very large file)

Orange Botanic Gardens Master Plan Document (37.4MB)

Final Adopted OBG Master Plan Map (15MB)

The Orange Botanic Gardens Master Plan has been prepared to guide the development of the Gardens into the future. It sets direction for education opportunities for residents and visitors of Orange, and sets the groundwork for a botanic garden which responds to community and biodiversity needs.

Art at the Gardens

Video Play IconThe Botanic Gardens has a significant collection of outdoor sculpture, including works by some of Australia's best known sculptors. When Bert Flugelman died in 2013, the spotlight fell on his sometimes controversial works in major cities around Australia. In this video, former Orange Regional Gallery director Alan Sisley reflects on the 'Federation Arch' at the Orange Botanic Gardens. Alan Sisley died in 2014.