Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve

Kareela, NSW, 2232

Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve

The Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve is one of only a few specialised gardens in Sydney devoted entirely to Australian native plants. The Reserve was established in 1969 as a tribute to Sir Joseph Banks, who was the official botanist aboard Lieutenant James Cook's Endeavour which came to Botany Bay in 1770. His name is perpetuated in Australian plants such as the Banksia and Grevillea banksii.

Opening Dates/Times

Open 7 Days a week except Christmas Day & Good Friday.
Mon-Fri 7am-3:30pm
Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

Free entry

Warning: Steep slopes

Location & Contact Info

  • Manooka Pl
  • Kareela, NSW, 2232
  • PH: 02 9710 0333

Local Climate Zone: 10 - Warm Temperate

Summer avg. Max: 26°C Winter avg. Min: 8°C
Avg Frost Days:1
Annual Rainfall avg: 1201mm. Summer avg. 317mm.
No. of rainy days: 53 Winter avg. 280mm.

Regularly Open Gardens (<100km)

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A diversity of native flora


Chrysocephalum apiculatum

Grevillea Thyrsoides

Native Blue Banded Bees

Our thanks to Annette Jones for all photographs used.

Visitor Comments

'Tucked away, this beautiful native plants reserve is a delight. Paths meander throughout 'rooms' staging various varieties of trees, shrubs, staghorns and ferns, flowers, bush tucker plants and groundcovers. Birds, lizards, native bees and hive are also happily residing here. There are plenty of picnic tables, BBQ, toilet facilities, wheelchair friendly, parking, viewing platforms and ponds. You can walk in 30 minutes or take your time in different locations. Truly a beautiful, serene hideaway well worth a visit or two.
Annette - December 2019

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