A: Nangunia St Barooga PH : 03 5873 4486

Points of Interest

The Barooga Community Botanical Gardens contains a children’s playground, 3 covered barbecue areas and toilets. The gardens are a delight to visit and spend time with friends and family and are regularly used for celebrations and wedding functions.

Entrance Palm Trees

Two large 50 year old palm trees were transplanted from Seppelts’ vineyards to the main entrance of the gardens in Nangunia St.

Children’s Playground

Playgrounds

The Barooga Early Childhood Association provided funds for the initial playground equipment. The play area proved very popular. In 1995 the playground equipment was able to be doubled due to a grant of $3,000 from The Department of Sport, Recreation and Racing which was combined with $4,500 of committee funds.

Water Feature

The lake, originally planned for the gardens was considered inappropriate due to the large amount of water draining to the gardens in times of heavy rainfall. A smaller water feature was planned instead.

The committee along with volunteers from the community laboured to create a beautiful water feature. Excavation and the lining of the pond, along with the water circulating pump and electrical work were done at a reduced cost by local contractors. The rock boulders for the surrounds and waterfall, were collected from farm properties with great endeavour by volunteer labour.

The bridge between the ponds was constructed and supplied by Yarroweyah Engineering and the pool fence was constructed by a local contractor with funds raised by the residents of the Barooga township. The Electricity costs are funded by the Berrigan Shire.

Sun Dial Opening

Commemorative Sun Dial

The Sun Dial was placed on a rock from the Tocumwal Quarry, in the gardens to commemorate the official opening of the Barooga Community Botanical Gardens, by Jim Small M.P. (member for Murray) on the 21st November 1993.

Trees

Lone Pine: Planted by R.S.L. President R. Brown on the 11.11.03

The “Lone Pine” was the name given to the solitary tree on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, which marked the site of the “Battle of the Lone Pine” in 1915. Pines which are planted as a memorial to the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought in Gallipoli are known as the “Lone Pines” or the “Gallipoli Pines”

The original pine is the sole survivor of a group of pines that had been cut down by Turkish soldiers who had used the timber and branches to cover their trenches during battle. The tree was obliterated during the battle, however, pine cones that had remained attached to the branches over the trenches were retrieved by two Australian soldiers and brought home to Australia. The resultant seedlings were found to be Turkish Pines, sometimes regarded as a subspecies of Pinus halepensis (Aleppo Pine), but usually classified as a distinct species, Pinus Brutia

Wollemi Pine: One of the world oldest and rarest trees

Scientific Name: Wollemia Nobilis

Family: Araucariaceae

Relatives: Kauri, Norfolk Island, Hoop, Bunya, Monkey and Puzzle Pine

When Discovered: 1994

Where Discovered: 200kms west of Sydney in a gorge within the 500,000 hectare Wollemi National Park in the Blue Mountains by David Noble a N.S. W. parks and wildlife officer.

Age: The Wollemi Pine belongs to the 200 million year old Araucariaceae family

Wild Population: Less than 100 mature trees

Size and Growth Habit: Conifer with attractive, unusual dark green foliage, bubbly bark and sprouts multiple trunks. The largest Wollemi pine in the forest is 40m tall with a main trunk of 63cm width. Fast growing in light, favours acid soil and temperatures 5 to 45 degrees Celsius

Kauri Pine: The Kauri Pine or the Queensland Kauri, is a coniferous tree native to Eastern Queensland

Scientific Name: Agathis Robusta

Size and Growth Habit: Magnificent tree with talI trunk and large crown. Has attractive looking bark and outstanding new growth which turns light green to bronze. The new growth is often confused as flowers.

The tree grows to 30 – 43 metres with smooth bark. The leaves are 5 – 12 cm long and 2 -5 cm broad, tough and leathery in texture, they are arranged in opposite pairs on the stem.