Jurassic Cycad Gardens

Botanical Gardens In Katherine , Northern Territory

Visit this unusual and exotic garden attraction containing over 200 different species of plants from the ancient cycad family, all nestled among a visually striking and prehistoric rocky landscape. Apart from an amazing collection of cycads – living fossils of the plant world, this enormous property also includes an assortment of succulents and cacti, as well as rare and endangered plants from around the world. You can take an informative self-guided tour around the property, via 1.4 kilometres of walking paths with interpretive signage. Pause along the walkways and see the prolific birdlife, with many unusual species feasting on the fruits.

This fascinating garden was planned as a conservation resource providing a conservation collection, gene pool, seed orchard, as well as a display collection of rare cycads. Josef and Karen Perner travelled extensively to collect seeds from various habitats all around the globe and developed the site over a 23 year period, culminating in a stunning property housing around 40,000 cycads. The gardens coffee shop seats about 40 people and offers espresso coffee, cakes, cold drinks, light meals and snacks. Outside features gazebo's with tables and chairs surrounded by lush lawns and tropical gardens for visitor comfort.

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