Summer, Sun & Sunflowers

January (depending on weather conditions)

Summer is one of the most peaceful of the seasons at Araluen, with ornamental flower beds and expanses of lawn, surrounded by the shade of thousands of native and exotic trees.

This year, 3 different varieties of sunflower – Yellow Empress, Bronze Shades and Dwarf – are lighting up the Centenary Lawn at the top of the Rose Garden. Please note this is not a garden festival; visitors can simply admire our small, but beautiful, display of sunflowers and other beautiful blooms around the Park.

The sunflowers are expected to be blooming for the first two to three weeks of the month, depending upon weather conditions.

We recommend visiting during the first half of January for the best view – they are guaranteed to brighten your day and put a smile on anyone’s face!

If you would like to find out what else is flowering at Araluen during summer, download this list of blooms.

Where To Eat

Please note that Cafe Chalet Healy is closed this summer; you are welcome to bring your picnic lunch or use one of our electric BBQs located around the Park to cook up your food!
On Sat 15th & Sun 16th of January there will be a coffee van on-site, providing cold and hot beverages as well as delicious snacks (i.e. sandwiches, cookies etc!).

Upcoming Events

Araluen Botanic Park’s stunning bushland landscape sets a memorable scene for so many events during the year. With a stunning natural backdrop, and cultivated garden spaces the Park hosts music concerts, treasure hunts, civic events, garden festivals and live art exhibitions. We are a popular picturesque location for weddings and live theatre productions. Below you will find some of the upcoming events and activities being hosted across the Park for you and your family to enjoy. Be sure to check in for the seasonal school holiday activities which always book out quickly.