Seniors programs at the Wildflower Garden

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Outdoor fun and friendship in the bush

The Wildflower Garden is a delightful place for an outing, with a variety of walking tracks, fascinating flora and fauna, and a unique gift shop and nursery.

Did you know our rangers also run activity programs for over-60s across the year?

Walking tracks and trails

Our walking tracks take in a variety of native habitats and landscapes and range from gentle, step-free paths to more rugged adventure tracks through Sydney Sandstone bushland.

The bush changes markedly across the seasons, with the best wildflowers blooming in the late winter and early spring, and lots of animals such as reptiles and birds coming out during the warmer months. Read more about our bushwalking tracks here.

Gift shop and nursery

Don't forget to drop in at our Visitor Centre, where you'll find native flower displays, freshly-brewed coffee and tea, artisan ice creams, beautiful gifts and cards, natural cosmetics, books, and a specialist wildflower nursery featuring locally-grown species of plants as well as natives from around the country. Read more about our Visitor Centre here.

Ranger-led walks and talks for seniors groups

The Wildflower Garden’s programs of guided walks and talks for seniors’ groups cater for all varieties of interest and mobility, ranging from a gentle step-free stroll to a more vigorous tour of the park. Ideal for garden clubs, walking groups or aged care excursions, all our programs are tailored to the requirements of the individual participants.

Enjoy an informative morning with a talk from our ranger, followed by a guided walk. Topics include Wildflower Wander, Nature Up Close, Indigenous Heritage or Bush Foods and Cookery. You can also book a morning tea option featuring scones or croissants and native bush jams for up to 30 people, prior to your walk and talk.

Organisers can request a brochure or chat about further details by contacting the Wildflower Garden office on 9424 0353 or kwg@kmc.nsw.gov.au.

Seniors in the Bush

"Seniors in the Bush" is our program of monthy nature-based activities for over-60s at the Wildflower Garden. We run a series of seasonal activities across the year featuring morning or afternoon tea followed by an entertaining and informative activity led by our rangers and sometimes other experts in the topic concerned.

Advance bookings are essential and all activities cost $14 per person. You can book online using the link below, or by phoning the Wildflower Garden office on 9424 0353.

Bush foods and cookery morning 

Friday 21 February, 10am-12pm

Join us for scones with native bush jams followed by a walk through the Wildflower Garden to learn about aboriginal food plants and native cookery ingredients. Browse the bush food products and plants available in our gift shop.

Click here to book online for the Bush foods and cookery morning

National Eucalypt Day bushwalk

Monday 23 March, 10-11.30am

A botanist from the Australian Plants Society will join us for a fascinating look at gum trees, the mainstay of Australian bushland ecosystems. This tour will include a visit to our nursery for some tips on growing Eucalypts at home, and the best species to choose for your garden.

Click here to book online for the National Eucalypt Day bushwalk

Spiders in focus 

Tuesday 7 April, 10-11:30am

Arachnologist Helen Smith from the Australian Museum will amaze and delight you with stories and surprising facts about Ku-ring-gai’s spiders, before we head into the bush to see what species we can find.

Click here to book online for Spiders in Focus

Sustainability at home 

Tuesday 5 May, 10-11.30am

Are you taking measures to reduce your carbon footprint or to live a more sustainable lifestyle? Come and visit our demonstration organic garden for some ideas about what sustainability might look like in your own house and garden.

Click here to book online for Sustainability at home

Campfire yarns and bush poetry

Friday 12 June, 10-11.30am

Gather around a campfire for some billy tea and damper with cockey’s joy while we listen to poetry readings and bush stories from renowned Australian writers.

Click here to book online for Campfire yarns and bush poetry

Indigenous heritage 

Tuesday 7 July, 10am-12pm

This activity begins with a talk from a representative from the Aboriginal Heritage Office about local indigenous history and culture, followed by a Bush Tucker Walk to identify native plants used by aboriginal locals for food, tools and medicine.

Click here to book online for Indigenous Heritage

Wildflower wander 

Tuesday 11 August, 10-11:30am

Our renowned and spectacular wildflowers include wattles, banksia, boronia, waxflower and snow heath, which take turns in flowering across the winter and early spring. A botanist from the Australian Plants Society will point out the best of the displays and describe the botanical features that identify each species.

Click here to book online for Wildflower wander

Brunch with the birds 

Monday 7 September, 10-11:30am

Enjoy a cuppa and croissant while our rangers introduce you to the wonderful variety of bushland birds at the Wildflower Garden. We’ll learn to identify them by sight and sound, before we head out into the bush to see what species we can find.

Click here to book online for Brunch with the birds

Mindfulness and meditation in the bush 

Wednesday 21 October, 10-11:30am

Experience a relaxing afternoon in nature. Our ranger will guide you on a journey of mindfulness and awareness, featuring natural plant aromas, birdsong and calm. Finish with a cup of refreshing lemon myrtle or bush mint tea.

Click here to book online for Mindfulness and Meditation in the Bush

Nature up close 

Friday 6 November, 10-11.30am

An opportunity for a meet-and-greet with some of our captive native animals, followed by a bushwalk to explore their unique bushland habitats, with commentary provided by our knowledgeable rangers.

Click here to book online for Nature up close

Important information

  • Participants will need to wear sturdy shoes, hats and sunscreen if it's hot, and bring a raincoat if it's wet.
  • All activities at the Wildflower Garden have been risk assessed.
  • There is step-free access to all the facilities used for our activities. The ground may be uneven in some areas. The programs usually involve a short walk on a paved track.
  • Participants agree to indemnify Ku-ring-gai Council against responsibility for any accident, loss or injury suffered during the course of the activity, and expressly release Ku-ring-gai Council, its employees or officers from any claim or liability arising directly or indirectly from this program.
  • Carers accompanying participants must also be booked in. Carers are responsible for all mobility, medical and assistance requirements of the participant(s) under their care.
  • Should a Ku-ring-gai Council staff member or program leader consider that first aid or medical treatment is required by a participant during this program (including ambulance and/or hospital admission), all participants consent to its being provided as necessary and at their own expense.

For more information on any of our programs, please contact the Visitor Centre on 9424 0353 or kwg@kmc.nsw.gov.au.