Inala Jurassic Garden
The Inala Jurassic Garden is an educational facility highlighting the Gondwanan connections of a range of living plant families whose ancient ancestors thrived in the Jurassic period when the Gondwanan Supercontinent started splitting apart (about 185 million years ago) to form the southern land-masses that we now know as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and New Caledonia.
The Inala Jurassic Garden is a botanic garden and is proudly associated with Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Inc.
Designed across five acres of gently undulating land and accessed by a winding, wheelchair-friendly path, the Garden gives visitors an insight into the ancient connections of species that are planted in family groups to demonstrate the similarities between species that are now found in these geographically-distant countries.
Over six hundred species comprising around 50 plant families are represented in the garden and demonstrate current distributions of species by vicariance and dispersal. Other ancient plant families such as the Ginkgoaceae and Magnoliaceae are also represented in the collection. Each specimen is fully labelled with a catalogue number, family name, botanical name and common name and location of wild origin and interpretation signs for each family are located around the garden. Our plant catalogue is updated regularly to reflect the latest taxonomic changes and collection data associated with each species.
There are strong connections between the Nature Museum and Jurassic Garden, with many of the ancient fossils on display also featuring as living versions just outside in the Garden.
You can choose to self guide ( Only 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week, Adults $10, Child $5 ) or if you prefer join a garden tour.
Join a one hour walking tour of the beautiful 5 acre garden at Inala on South Bruny Island.
This private garden is overflowing with a diverse array of almost 600 Gondwanan species which are grouped into their botanical families to demonstrate the similarities between the now widely-separated southern landmasses of Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, South America and South Africa. Your knowledgeable guide will walk with you through time and illuminate the fascinating history of our botanical past. You will discover how dinosaurs and extinct giant birds changed the structure of plants and why Tasmania has so many ancient Gondwanan species. Every plant is labelled and has a story to tell and to discover even a few will enhance your joy and appreciation of the natural world around you.
After the tour, you can continue to explore the garden for as long as you wish (additional interpretation signs are located around the garden) and also investigate the Inala Nature Museum where shells, gemstones and fossils continue the story of the Gondwanan timeline from the ancient past to the living present.
Tours Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
10-11am and 11-12am
$40 per person – bookings required
Group Bookings - $20 per person (20 Pax or more)
Please contact us for other times or larger groups
Many of our other nature tours speak to the theme of Gondwana as it runs throughout the geology and ecology of Tasmania.
We also choose to run many of our international tours in other Gondwanan countries where the Inala guides help you to continue to build up your jigsaw of knowledge around the world relating to this facinating time in our planets history and interpret the evolution stories written in the nature all around us.
Stunning garden with fascinating collection of plants a must visit
"Inala is a 1500 acre private reserve on South Bruny island. If you don't want a tour or feel like a long hike, don't miss the Gondwana garden and Jurassic museum at the entrance. The museum is a fascinating collection of fossils and some mind blowing shells, but I was really impressed by the garden which is not only beautifully landscaped, but includes some amazing very rare specimens of some of the oldest tree species in the world. The Tasmanian collection alone is excellent but the collection of Nothofagus spp. is the star attraction. What an ambitious work! I can only imagine what a stunning arboretum this will be in 20 to 30 years. If you're interested in plants at all, don't miss it!"
Dont miss this
"When planning a tour of Bruny Island this is a must. The whole concept of the place is admirable. The garden is a very pleasant learning experience and the whole atmosphere is most refreshing. Also the toilets are clean."
Beautiful gardens with a theme
"The Jurassic Garden at Inala is built around the theme of Gondwana, the ancient southern supercontinent. The plants on display have been selected as representatives of families with a Gondwanan origin. This includes some of the more spectacular families, such as Proteaceae and Myrtaceae, and a lot of others not common in cultivation, even in the larger botanical gardens. The Casuarina/Allocasuarina and Nothofagus collections are particularly good.
Most (all?) species are labelled and there is good interpretive material about the families. The paths are well-made.
The garden works both as an educational resource and as a place simply to enjoy nature. If you're on Bruny Island, I recommended spending an hour or two here."
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