There are plenty of fantastic beaches in the Shoalhaven, but there’s only ONE botanic garden, Shoalhaven Heads Native Botanic Garden. What began as an idea, between plant-loving neighbours, has transformed an empty paddock into a thriving botanic garden, open to the public today. The garden contains over 300 plant varieties, from far north QLD and WA, and includes many rare, endangered and unique varieties. There are also sculptures scattered about the garden, as well as a dedicated bush tucker garden with many edible plant varieties, and plants used by first nations people. With plans afoot to build a stunning boardwalk, in the shape of a lotus flower, this garden is going from strength-to-strength and is a much-loved feature of the community. The garden is open to the public daily.
If being amongst plants is good for the spirit, eating them is good for the body! And that’s exactly what you can do at one of the latest additions to the Shoalhaven dining scene, The Growers at Worrigee. This 400 seater restaurant, bar and dining space has its own on-site kitchen garden, where head Chef Partrick Haney, and his team can access fresh veges, fruit and herbs, to use in their dishes. There’s also an onsite smoker, and wood-fired pizza oven, where many meats are smoked to perfection, and delicious pizzas cooked. One of the big restaurant features are the plants, scattered and hanging from every part of this restaurant, creating a delightful ambience. The Growers also offers an extensive array of wines, beers- including their house-made pale ale- as well as excellent cocktails. Should you be dining with kids, they’ll love the huge outdoor space and play area, while big kids can enjoy a drink around the open firepit.
The Growers, Worrigee
(02) 4408 3033
131 Greenwell Point Road, Worrigee NSW 2540