Rainforest garden

Clayton rainforest garden

Deceiving at first glance, the Rainforest garden feels bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside.  Easily spied from the southern entrance to the Campus Centre, this garden recreates the environment of a sub-tropical rainforest and promises visitors a refuge from the bustle of the university, and some relief on a hot summer's day. It features a weave of pathways and footbridges, as well as a number of rainforest trees and plants from the South Eastern parts of Australia, notably Bunya Pines (Araucaria bidwillii), Wollemi Pines (Wollemi nobilis), and Moreton Bay Chestnuts (Castanospermum austral).

Did you know? The Bunya Pine produces seed cones once every three years in large quantities.  Each cone is about the size of a football and contains 50-100 large nuts.  During the Bunya season, our indigenous peoples would temporarily set aside any tribal differences and gather in the mountains for great Bunya nut feasts.

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