The Inala Jurassic Garden is proudly associated with Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Inc.

The Inala Jurassic Garden is proudly associated with Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Inc.

Open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week

Entry includes access to both the

Jurassic Garden and Nature Museum

Adults $10, Child $5

or join a garden tour

One hour guided Botanical Tour of Inala’s Jurassic Garden

Join a one hour walking tour of the beautiful 5 acre garden at Inala on South Bruny Island. 

This private garden is overflowing with a diverse array of almost 600 Gondwanan species which are grouped into their botanical families to demonstrate the similarities between the now widely-separated southern landmasses of Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, South America and South Africa. Your knowledgeable guide will walk with you through time and illuminate the fascinating history of our botanical past. You will discover how dinosaurs and extinct giant birds changed the structure of plants and why Tasmania has so many ancient Gondwanan species. Every plant is labelled and has a story to tell and to discover even a few will enhance your joy and appreciation of the natural world around you.

After the tour, you can continue to explore the garden for as long as you wish (additional interpretation signs are located around the garden) and also investigate the Inala Nature Museum where shells, gemstones and fossils continue the story of the Gondwanan timeline from the ancient past to the living present.

Visit the Inala Nature Tours website to make a booking.

Open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week

Entry includes access to both the

Jurassic Garden and Nature Museum

Adults $10, Child $5

or join a garden tour

One hour guided Botanical Tour of Inala’s Jurassic Garden

Join a one hour walking tour of the beautiful 5 acre garden at Inala on South Bruny Island. 

This private garden is overflowing with a diverse array of almost 600 Gondwanan species which are grouped into their botanical families to demonstrate the similarities between the now widely-separated southern landmasses of Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, South America and South Africa. Your knowledgeable guide will walk with you through time and illuminate the fascinating history of our botanical past. You will discover how dinosaurs and extinct giant birds changed the structure of plants and why Tasmania has so many ancient Gondwanan species. Every plant is labelled and has a story to tell and to discover even a few will enhance your joy and appreciation of the natural world around you.

After the tour, you can continue to explore the garden for as long as you wish (additional interpretation signs are located around the garden) and also investigate the Inala Nature Museum where shells, gemstones and fossils continue the story of the Gondwanan timeline from the ancient past to the living present.

Visit the Inala Nature Tours website to make a booking.

About

About

Gondwana on Bruny Island

Gondwana on Bruny Island

JURASSIC GARDEN

and Nature Museum

JURASSIC GARDEN

and Nature Museum

Over 650 species of plants with ancient connections. The Jurassic Garden is located with the private wildlife reserve of the Inala property on Bruny Island, Tasmania. This BGANZ botanical garden offers a unique experience to view plants with Gondwanan connections. 

Over 650 species of plants with ancient connections. The Jurassic Garden is located with the private wildlife reserve of the Inala property on Bruny Island, Tasmania. This BGANZ botanical garden offers a unique experience to view plants with Gondwanan connections. 

50 plant families are represented in the garden to highlight the connections with their Jurassic ancestors. The Gondwanan Supercontinent started splitting apart around 185 million years ago to form the southern hemisphere land-masses known today as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and New Caledonia.

50 plant families are represented in the garden to highlight the connections with their Jurassic ancestors. The Gondwanan Supercontinent started splitting apart around 185 million years ago to form the southern hemisphere land-masses known today as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and New Caledonia.

Designed across five acres of gently undulating land with wheelchair-friendly paths. The garden offers an insight into the ancient connections of species that are planted in family groups to demonstrate the similarities between species now found in geographically distant countries. 

Designed across five acres of gently undulating land with wheelchair-friendly paths. The garden offers an insight into the ancient connections of species that are planted in family groups to demonstrate the similarities between species now found in geographically distant countries. 

Living plants connected to an ancient past

Living plants connected to an ancient past

Fossils, Shells & Gemstones are Inala founder, Dr Tonia Cochran, has been fascinated by Gondwana for much of her life. The Nature Museum contains a collection of fossils, shells and gemstones which Tonia has been gathering since she was a little girl. There are many fossils in the museum with evident links to the living species in the Gondwanan Jurassic Garden. 

Fossils, Shells & Gemstones are Inala founder, Dr Tonia Cochran, has been fascinated by Gondwana for much of her life. The Nature Museum contains a collection of fossils, shells and gemstones which Tonia has been gathering since she was a little girl. There are many fossils in the museum with evident links to the living species in the Gondwanan Jurassic Garden. 

Education, science and conservation are the key motivations for the development of this garden. We coordinate with many other individuals, gardens, arboretums and botanic gardens regarding information, seed and material exchange.

The Inala Jurassic Garden is a founding member of the ancient plant growers network, coordinated by Owen Janusauskas, curator of the Gondwana Garden at the Australia Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria (Cranbourne). 

In 2018, Tino Carnevale and the Gardening Australia crew visited to film 'When Dinosaurs Roamed' for the show. The portion of the episode can be viewed on the ABC Gardening Australia website here.

Ernie Dingo and the crew from Going Places With Ernie Dingo visited to film a piece for the show to be aired in September 2019.

We are long term members of Blooming Tasmania and run several events per year in conjunction with their network.

Each year we run various in-garden education events in collaboration with National Science Week like this Waterbugs Day in the garden. 

Education, science and conservation are the key motivations for the development of this garden. We coordinate with many other individuals, gardens, arboretums and botanic gardens regarding information, seed and material exchange.

The Inala Jurassic Garden is a founding member of the ancient plant growers network, coordinated by Owen Janusauskas, curator of the Gondwana Garden at the Australia Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria (Cranbourne). 

In 2018, Tino Carnevale and the Gardening Australia crew visited to film 'When Dinosaurs Roamed' for the show. The portion of the episode can be viewed on the ABC Gardening Australia website here.

Ernie Dingo and the crew from Going Places With Ernie Dingo visited to film a piece for the show to be aired in September 2019.

We are long term members of Blooming Tasmania and run several events per year in conjunction with their network.

Each year we run various in-garden education events in collaboration with National Science Week like this Waterbugs Day in the garden. 

Located within the 1,500 acre Inala Nature Tours private conservation reserve on Bruny Island, Tasmania. 

The Jurassic Garden continues  Inala's founding principles of science,  research, conservation and education.

Located within the 1,500 acre Inala Nature Tours private conservation reserve on Bruny Island, Tasmania. 

The Jurassic Garden continues  Inala's founding principles of science,  research, conservation and education.

Gondwanan Plant Families

 within the Inala Jurassic Garden

Gondwanan Plant Families

 within the Inala Jurassic Garden

Ginkgoaceae (Ginkgo)

Southern Asparagaceae - Lomandroideae (Cordylines and Tussocks)

Xanthorrhoeaceae = Asphodelaceae (Grass trees and Flax)

Streliziaceae (Bird of Paradise)

Muehlenbeckia complexa dinosaur

Araucariaceae (Kauris and southern Pines)

Wollemi Pines

Southern Cupressaceae (Cypresses)

Podocarpaceae (Podocarp Pines)

Casuarinaceae (Sheoaks)

Alstroemeriaceae (Peruvian Lilies)

Winteraceae (Peppers and Winters bark)

Nothofagaceae (Southern Beeches)

Escalloniaceae (Escallonias)

Elaeocarpaceae (Heart berries and Lantern bushes)

Fernery/Gunneraceae (Tree ferns and Gunnera)

New Zealand Podocarps

Cunoniaceae (Leatherwoods and Baueras)

Araliaceae

Atherospermataceae (Southern Sassafrasses)

Elaeocarpaceae (Wine berries)

Proteaceae (South African Proteas)

Myrtaceae (Eucalypts and Lilypillies)

Australian Proteaceae (Banksias & Grevilleas)

Waratahs

Tasmanian endemic Eucalypts (Myrtaceae)

Magnoliaceae (Magnolias)

Nymphaeaceae (Waterlilies)

Restionaceae (Rushes)

Gunneraceae (Giant Rhubarb)

Cupressaceae (Cypresses)

Haemodoraceae (Kangaroo Paw)

Taxaceae (Yews)

Monimiaceae

Iridaceae (Irises)

Asteliaceae (Pineapple grasses)

Onagraceae (Fuchsias)

Sapindaceae (Hop-bushes)

Southern Ericaceae (Heaths)

Plantaginaceae (Hebes)

Ginkgoaceae (Ginkgo)

Southern Asparagaceae - Lomandroideae (Cordylines and Tussocks)

Xanthorrhoeaceae = Asphodelaceae (Grass trees and Flax)

Streliziaceae (Bird of Paradise)

Muehlenbeckia complexa dinosaur

Araucariaceae (Kauris and southern Pines)

Wollemi Pines

Southern Cupressaceae (Cypresses)

Podocarpaceae (Podocarp Pines)

Casuarinaceae (Sheoaks)

Alstroemeriaceae (Peruvian Lilies)

Winteraceae (Peppers and Winters bark)

Nothofagaceae (Southern Beeches)

Escalloniaceae (Escallonias)

Elaeocarpaceae (Heart berries and Lantern bushes)

Fernery/Gunneraceae (Tree ferns and Gunnera)

New Zealand Podocarps

Cunoniaceae (Leatherwoods and Baueras)

Araliaceae

Atherospermataceae (Southern Sassafrasses)

Elaeocarpaceae (Wine berries)

Proteaceae (South African Proteas)

Myrtaceae (Eucalypts and Lilypillies)

Australian Proteaceae (Banksias & Grevilleas)

Waratahs

Tasmanian endemic Eucalypts (Myrtaceae)

Magnoliaceae (Magnolias)

Nymphaeaceae (Waterlilies)

Restionaceae (Rushes)

Gunneraceae (Giant Rhubarb)

Cupressaceae (Cypresses)

Haemodoraceae (Kangaroo Paw)

Taxaceae (Yews)

Monimiaceae

Iridaceae (Irises)

Asteliaceae (Pineapple grasses)

Onagraceae (Fuchsias)

Sapindaceae (Hop-bushes)

Southern Ericaceae (Heaths)

Plantaginaceae (Hebes)

Each specimen is fully labelled with a catalogue number, family name, botanical name and common name and location of wild origin and interpretation signs for each family are located around the garden. Our plant catalogue is updated regularly to reflect the latest taxonomic changes and collection data associated with each species.

Each specimen is fully labelled with a catalogue number, family name, botanical name and common name and location of wild origin and interpretation signs for each family are located around the garden. Our plant catalogue is updated regularly to reflect the latest taxonomic changes and collection data associated with each species.

Dragon Leaf Richea - Richea dracophylla

Ericaceae

Dragon Leaf Richea - Richea dracophylla

Ericaceae

Inala Jurassic Garden - Inala Nature Tours

320 Cloudy Bay Road, Bruny Island

Ph +61 3 6293 1217

Inala Jurassic Garden - Inala Nature Tours

320 Cloudy Bay Road, Bruny Island

Ph +61 3 6293 1217

© 2019 Inala Nature Tours. All rights reserved.

© 2019 Inala Nature Tours. All rights reserved.