|Address: 320 Cloudy Bay Road, Lunawanna, Bruny
Island Tasmania, 7150.
Phone: 03 6293 1217.
Open 7 days a week throughout most of the year or contact us for an appointment.
Entry fees apply and cover access to both the garden and museum.
Inala's Jurassic garden is comprised of around 400 species of plants that demonstrate the floristic links between the southern continents that were formerly joined to form the Gondwanan supercontinent. Almost 400 species of plants from Tasmania and the Australian mainland, South America, New Zealand, South Africa and New Caledonia have been planted in family groups to demonstrate the similarities between species now separated by vast distances for tens of millions of years.
Families represented in the garden include the Araucarians, Podocarps, Proteaceae (proteas, grevilleas and banksias), and Southern beeches from the family Nothofagaceae, as well as Gondwanan families to which Tasmanian species such as Sassafras, Native Laurel, Leatherwood and Mountain Pepper belong. Some northern hemisphere families are also represented as a comparison. The garden is situated within five acres of gently undulating land and accessed by a winding, wheelchair-friendly path and each plant is labelled.
The Inala Nature Museum is situated at the entrance of the garden and contains an extensive private collection of natural history specimens including fossils, shells, gems and minerals from around the world that are fully-labelled and professionally exhibited in individually-lit glass display cases. Some of the plant fossils on display also feature ancestors of living plants growing in the adjacent garden.
The Museum and Garden is part of the Inala Country Accommodation and Nature Tours business which is situated on "Inala", a 1,500 acre privately owned conservation-covenanted property. Cottage-style visitor accommodation and private natural history tours are also available (prior reservations essential). Guests staying at Inala overnight or participating in a tour also have access to the walking tracks and bird hides on the property. Forty species of orchids and rare plants such as Curly Sedge (Carex tasmanica) have been recorded on the property by the owner, biologist Dr Tonia Cochran