Opened in November 2003, Mt Penang Gardens is considered an enduring and radical contribution to public garden design in Australia. Its distinctive design by Anton James sets it apart from the traditional botanical garden. His garden within a garden produces an understated landscape that is less manicured and in a constant state of being. It continues to evolve today.
Individual ‘gardens’ are set on and around a large sculptural plateau and walled spaces, abstract pergolas, fountains, ponds, cascades and a 35 metre cantilevered steel footbridge.
Over 8 hectares of native beauty.
Along with waterways and stunning summer aquatic gardens, you’ll find that over 70% of the plants are native to Australia. Marvel at the creative ways in which modern landscapes and Australian native flora blend together to produce amazing seasonal displays.
There is something new to experience all year round as you meander through the Gardens. You can hug a bulbous Bottle Tree; wonder at the Dragon Garden’s strange cacti and succulents; be fascinated by the Wondabyne Stone Sculptures; or admire the stunning water lilies and lotus flowers in our Aquatic Garden. From drought tolerant displays to our playful puddle gardens, every pathway opens up a new world of discovery at Mt Penang Gardens.
“The suitability of the site for an enormous game of hide and seek did not escape me. You are never really sure what to expect when making the next turn.” JMD Design director Anton James.
Imagine having this beautiful backdrop for your own gathering!
A premier garden venue. Ask about hiring an area of the Gardens for small, intimate events such as weddings and parties. Mt Penang Gardens is the premier venue for garden ceremonies and daytime parties and is sure to be a talking point with family and friends.
This amazing venue is a photographer’s dream and can provide a wedding album to suit the individuality of every couple. From romantic shots, to contemporary or playful images in the Gardens, imagine what your wedding album will look like.
We also welcome enquiry for commercial and media photography or filming.
Booking fee: For all specialty photography, commercial photography, wedding photography and commercial video shoots, we require a booking and fee. The fee of $90 allows for two hours of commercial filming/photography access in the Mt Penang Gardens & Event Park as well as the Mt Penang Parklands.
Please contact the Corporation's Marketing and Communications Manager by email MtPenang@hccdc.nsw.gov.au to make these arrangements.
Media representatives wishing to take pictures should contact the Marketing & Communications Manager on (02) 4340 1002 or via email on MtPenang@hccdc.nsw.gov.au and provide appropriate details to help facilitate the assignment.
Hiring out the Gardens for your special function?
A magical backdrop with 12 themed gardens and amphitheatre are the perfect location for smaller, intimate events. These include weddings, birthday parties, private celebrations and business functions. Ask us how we can help you create a delightful and unique event.
Discuss your requirements with the Property & Events Manager on (02) 4340 1002 or via email on MtPenang@hccdc.nsw.gov.au.
For more information, download the Mt Penang Gardens and Event Park brochure.
Discover our magnificent cultural heritage on the Central Coast.
Within the Gardens you will find a fascinating outdoor sculpture exhibition on perpetual display. Created in 1987 by a group of international sculptors at waterside Wondabyne, these massive artworks carved from Gosford sandstone were handed over to the people of Australia as a bicentennial gift from the artists.
It was Australia’s first ever International Sculpture Symposium and following its success a second symposium was held. You will find this group of sculptures in the nearby Mt Penang Parklands.
You enter the Gardens across a bridge that was inspired by a fallen log to give the experience of almost wading across the large dam as if you are within the water garden itself. The sculptural and twisted 30-metre blue entry bridge is an engineering accomplishment, providing uninterrupted garden views beneath the bridge. Read more.
Did you know that the Flannel Flower is the floral emblem for the Wyong Shire? Despite its appearance, it is not a member of the daisy family but rather a species of the Apiaceae family, the same family as the carrot and celery. Its generic name means "furnished with rays", or "sunbeam. This iconic Australian plant is native to our region.
Did you know that the Fuchsia Heath is the flora emblem of Gosford City? This unassuming plant goes unnoticed until it bursts into flower, producing masses of tubular red blooms with white lips throughout the year, although the peak time is June-October. It thrives on the sandstone topography of the Sydney basin and loves growing in coastal areas where you can guarantee wind protection.
The mirrored sides of the entrance buildings to the Gardens encourage a visual and contemplative ‘reflection’ of our beautiful environment. The buildings have a recessive and naturalistic appearance: the timber slats and mirrored facades sit as part of the landscape. The mirrored facades dematerialise the building in reflections of the garden, cascades and sky. Read more.
The Native Grass Trees located in the Gondwana Garden were formally identified by Banks and Phillips. When they first arrived at Bradley’s Head, they mistakenly thought these plants were Aborigines holding spears. The spear-like flower spikes which can be triggered by bushfire, reach 4 to 5 metres high.