INCREASE THE POPULARITY AND USAGE OF THE GEORGE BROWN DARWIN BOTANIC GARDENS, BY IMPROVING EVENT FACILITIES AND ESTABLISHING A VISITOR AND EVENT CENTRE

Launched in October 2019, the $9.9 million Visitor and Event Centre serves as an interpretive focal point within the Gardens and a base for community and corporate functions. More broadly it forms part of the unique suite of cultural experiences aimed at revitalising Darwin’s central business district and provide a seamless linkage with the cultural sector including MAGNT and Mindil Beach.

The new events centre utilises an internal air-conditioned space and an external deck area that caters for 200 people being suitable for weddings, functions and conferences. The Event Centre is equipped with shared toilet facilities, a food preparation area, cold storage, store room and delivery area.

Incorporating a small retail space where George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens staff can greet visitors, assist with information and guide visitors on how they can enjoy the iconic gardens. The space also includes a small selection of Territory made souvenirs and gifts.

The Visitor Centre includes an interpretive display that houses a mixture of permanent and temporary exhibitions and displays, which are centred on plants, places and people who have made the gardens unique. The display also has a dual multimedia viewing room that displays the sights and sounds of the Gardens over a wet season and dry season composition for visitors to immerse their senses. The interpretation displays combine the gardens history, telling stories about the role of the Holtz family, George Brown and the inception of the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens from its move from Fannie Bay to the Gardens through a timeline through history that draws the viewer to an interactive Larrakia Aboriginal seasons calendar and plant usage videos and artwork.

The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens events area, retail space and visitor centre are linked with expansive decks built from local Darwin stringy bark, and are located at the base of Frangipani Hill, on Royal Palm Avenue. With close proximity to Eva's Cafe, the fountain and car park, the centre is well placed and will complement the iconic gardens allowing locals and visitors alike, to enjoy many more events and festivals and learn more about their botanical gardens.

Find out more about bookings https://nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/george-brown-darwin-botanic-gardens/list-of-function-areas