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Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, The

Australia - New South Wales - Mount Annan

Institution Code: NSW

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

Brachychiton bidwillii flowering in the Kurrajong Arboretum.
Brachychiton bidwillii flowering in the Kurrajong Arboretum.

About the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, The

The Australian Botanic Garden displays over 4000 Australian native plant species, set in 416 hectares of hills and lakes. The Garden features outdoor sculptures, barbecues, a restaurant and a gift shop which sells plants. The Australian Botanic Garden is a major event venue and the most popular visitor attraction in south-western Sydney.

Main Address:
Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, The
Narellan Road
Mount Annan
New South Wales 2567 Australia

Telephone: 61 (0) 2 4634 7900
Fax: 61 (0 )2 4634 7950
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Caz McCallum
    Curator's Name: Wayne Cherry
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Tracey Armstrong, Gardens Information Officer
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 30
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 6
    Administration Staff Number: 8

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
    Status: Satellite: Y
    Status: Trust: Y
  • Date founded: 1984
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
  • Landscaped Area: Y
  • Total Area: 416 Hectares
    Latitude: -34.055266
    Longitude: 150.77572
    Annual Rainfall: 800 mm
    Altitude: 120.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan is managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, which also manages the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
  • Local Address: Narellan Road
  • Locality: City: Mount Annan
  • Locality: State: NSW

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 5
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Y
    Seed Bank: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: N
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 325250
    Number of Volunteers: 30

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 4197
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 2656
  • Special Collections:100 % of collection is Australian flora. Acacia, Callistemon, Eucalyptus, Grevillea, Protaceae, Gondwanan flora. Maintains a seed bank with medium to long term storage capacity, containing 9,268 accessions, representing over 5000 species (2009 figures).We have conservation collections of Allocasuarina portuensis, Wollemia nobilis and Pherosphaera fitzgeraldii.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Y
    Invasive Species Policy: Y
    ABS Policy: Y
    Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Medicinal Plant Programme: N
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Horticulture: Y
    Restoration Ecology: Y
    Seed/Spore Biology: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y

Restore and renew New South Wales

Developing large scale, practitioner friendly, decision-support systems for ‘evolutionary-informed’ ecological restoration of the NSW flora.

The objective of this project is to provide an easily accessible source of evolutionary, functional and environmental data that will guide long-term adaptation strategies for landscape management, and facilitate decision-making during ecological restoration practices by agencies, communities and landholders.

In a world first, this project will take advantage of newly developed technologies and economy of scale to obtain research-based ecological restoration guidelines for over 200 plant species that represent the breadth of NSW’s floristic diversity, including many of the taxa that are commonly used in revegetation projects across the state.

The scope of the research will extend from using genetic tools to guide seed sourcing strategies, to developing seed handling protocols and supporting planting of ‘climate-ready’ populations. The study is based on a range of local pilot studies that were used to develop standardised technical approaches.



 Map of coastal NSW showing optimised collection strategies for 12 rainforest species based on distributional and environmental models (map by C. Allen).
  Collecting DNA and seed material from a selection of upland swamp plants on the Newnes plateau (photo by M. Rossetto).


Invasive species and ecological restoration program

African olive (Olea europaea ssp. cuspidata) is a high ecological impact invasive tree at Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan (ABGMA) and throughout western Sydney. Control of over 40ha of olive forest has been now completed at ABGMA, and ecological restoration of these degraded sites is now proceeding.

A research program into African olive seed ecology is combined with the development of restoration techniques that focus on the establishment of Cumberland Plain Woodland native grasses on degraded olive sites. A $100k NSW Environmental Trust grant has been secured to develop a 1500 sq metre native grass seed production area as part of the Australian PlantBank landscape which will provide high quality grass seed for restoration research at ABGMA.

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