The Towri Bush Tucker Garden named by Traditional owners of this land and meaning ‘learning place bounded by flowers and trees’, is the dedicated space in the Wollongong Botanic Garden for interpreting Aboriginal plant uses.
Planted predominantly with local Illawarra native plant species, the Towri Bush Tucker Garden is a learning garden where you are encouraged to look and pick at plants to learn about their use in Aboriginal culture for food, medicine, and shelter.
Positioned between the Botanic Garden Australian Dryland and Rainforest Collections, the Towri Bush Tucker Garden is planted with species that would have been used by Aboriginal people living throughout the Illawarra along the coastal flats, in the rainforest and escarpment areas, and over the mountain on the heath areas.
This garden also provides habitat for a diverse range of fauna and you will regularly see Eastern Water Dragons, Echidnas, and Birds including Kookaburra and Buff Banded Rails to name a few.
The Wollongong Botanic Garden welcomes you to explore this garden on your own, or you can participate in one of our Education Programs or guided tours through this area.
The Towri Bush Tucker Garden was officially opened in July 2012 as part of Wollongong City Council’s NAIDOC Week celebrations.