Karwarra Australian Native Botanic Garden

Gardens at Karwarra with the gatehouse in the distance

The two-hectare garden is one of our hidden jewels featuring more than 1400 different species of native plants, a retail plant nursery, community room and lovely views.

Established in 1965, Karwarra is one of the few public gardens where native plants are used exclusively, giving visitors the opportunity to see how they can be used effectively as part of a landscaped garden. It is owned and operated by Council with support and assistance from the 'Friends of Karwarra' group.

Karwarra has a well stocked plant nursery and staff can assist with the selection of plants suitable to your particular needs.

A small function room is also available for community groups. BBQ's and picnic tables are also available at the Kalorama Memorial Reserve.

Read more about Karwarra(PDF, 12MB)

Karwarra will be closed on Total Fire Ban Days and days of High Fire Danger Rating or above.

Please note that this means Karwarra will only open on days of Moderate or No Rating Fire Danger Ratings.

Entry is free. No pets.

Karwarra is located in the Kalorama Memorial Recreation Reserve.

Plant nursery

Karwarra also has a well stocked plant nursery with Australian native plants available for sale to the public.


Access to the gardens is suitable for all abilities and has an accessible car park at the garden entry.  

A recently constructed concrete path compliments the gravel pathways that meander through the garden and can be accessed by wheelchairs and walkers.


1190-1196 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Kalorama 3766  View Map

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