Peninsula Garden Ramble

Salt Ash, NSW, 2319

Peninsula Garden Ramble

The Peninsula Garden Ramble comprises a selection of diverse gardens that offer something for all garden lovers. All gardens are located on the beautiful Tilligerry Peninsula just 30 mins drive north of Newcastle and 2.5 hours drive from Sydney. Highlights include: Historic Tanilba House (c1831), formal and informal gardens, native, rainforest and wetland gardens, waterfront gardens, perennial borders, water features. Proceeds of ticket sales will be donated to WINC (Wildlife In Need Of Care).

Event Dates/Times

Sunday, 29 September 2024 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Entry Fee: $10

Tickets provide access to ALL gardens. $10 + booking fee per adult. Tickets will be available to purchase 4 weeks out from the event. A map and garden descriptions will be available to download. Children under 16 free. Or $15 per adult on the day. Limited tickets will be available from selected gardens on the day. Please see individual listings for availability closer to the event.
All proceeds will be donated to local charity WINC (Wildlife In Need of Care).

Warning: Water in the garden, Uneven surfaces, Steep slopes, Trip hazards, Not accessible for wheel chairs or prams

Location & Contact Info

  • 10 Hideaway Drive
  • Salt Ash, NSW, 2319

Note: All gardens are located across the Tilligerry Peninsula including Tanilba Bay, Mallabulla, Lemon Tree Passage and Salt Ash. Please see individual listings on the right for addresses.

Event Guide

The Peninsula Garden Ramble comprises a selection of diverse gardens that will offer something for all garden lovers. All gardens are located on the beautiful Tilligerry Peninsula just 30 mins drive north of Newcastle and 2.5 hours drive from Sydney ...

Heaven Gardens

Heaven Gardens - 332 Lemon Tree Passage Road, Salt Ash

The property boasts a magnificent display of native flora and fauna, including over 20 themed gardens, 5 acre paradise for garden enthusiasts and plant collectors.
A food truck and market stalls will be on site.  More Info »

Tanilba House circa 1831

Tanilba House (1831) - 32 Caswell Crescent, Tanilba Bay NOTE: Only open 11am - 3pm.
Tanilba House sits on three acres overlooking Port Stephens. Originally a working farm and vineyard, the garden still retains various heritage listed elements. This includes the oldest olive tree in Australia, an ancient bunya pine, avocado and mulberry trees dated to the 1890's, two giant Port Jackson fig trees and a 30 metre long wisteria arbour covered in 7 types of vines.
The garden is complemented by a number of convict inspired stone structures which were added in the 1920's, including a circular driveway. A variety of vintage outbuildings , including the original convict gaol, plus rustic farm machinery also adds interest in the garden along with a collection of classical inspired statues.
The property includes a variety of different garden rooms including a rainforest, an open field framed by giant canary palms and a garden celebration space.
Each owner has left their stamp on the garden with two stunning frangipani trees planted in the 1950's, deep red poinsettias in the 1980's and many other decorative plants added over the last 50 years.
The garden theme is described as informal and whimsical. Over the last few years over 1,000 bromeliads, lilies, succulents a, natives and other plants have been added. We are yet to find a plant we can't find a place for.  More Info »


Barrangi - 10 Hideaway Drive, Salt Ash
Barrangi is a 3.5 acre rambling rural garden created by two passionate gardeners with lots of ideas to reuse, recycle and repurpose. There is a wide variety of plantings ranging from tropical to native, perennial to traditional. There's a huge border planted to attract bird, bees and butterflies, a kitchen orchard, veggie garden and some interesting and rare plant specimens. Barrangi is also a small mail order nursery.
Plant sale and sausage sizzle.  More Info »

Tilligerry Habitat

Tilligerry Habitat - 2e King Albert Avenue, Tanilba Bay
Tilligerry Habitat is a Crown Land reserve and koala habitat. This reserve is an Advanced Ecotourism accredited tourist location set in 9Ha of native bushland. Cinder path or pine boardwalk walking trails through the Habitat feature a spectacular natural beachfront walk, koala sightings, bench seating and viewing platforms.
Access: The reserve has easy access facilities including graded flat walking trails, wheelchair friendly picnic tables and picnic area, easy access toilets and a baby change table. The outer track of the Habitat can be walked in just 45 minutes. Inside trails can be covered even quicker.
Native plant nursery, gift shop and cafe.  More Info »

The Other Gardens...

Wet Noses & Wagging Tails- 5 Caswell Crescent Tanilba Bay
A waterfront garden & an edible garden on the roadside. In these gardens you will see how the problem of sea spray & strong sea breezes has been solved. Low hedges, that don't obstruct the view with a variety of low shrubs & decorative and flowering bushes that are native and non-native. On the roadside, which is sheltered by the house, there is wide variety of edible miniature fruit trees including, lemons, oranges, mandarins and 3 varieties of limes, dragon fruit and feijoa hedge ( pineapple guava). There are well stocked veggie patches & a nursery for propagating plants and maintaining an edible garden all year round.

The Secret Garden aka Diggers Park - entrance between 21 & 23 Diggers Drive, Tanilba Bay
The Secret garden can be described as a wonderful community effort over many years that has created a beautiful public area kept secret by being enclosed by private gardens.

The Burrows - 80 Gould Drive, Lemon Tree Passage
On arriving in Australia from England seven years ago, Beverly needed to overcome some challenges when creating her garden. A steep site that contains a mixture of slopes and terraces and features a large variety of plants. Recycled iron sculptures are dotted throughout the garden.

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