The new $9.9 million George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens Visitor and Event Centre is now complete.
It is part of the Territory Government’s Turbocharging Tourism investment to breathe new life into the Gardens, attract visitors, stimulate the economy and create jobs.
The Chief Minister opened Darwin’s newest all-seasons Visitor and Event Centre, which provides a hub for visitors to learn about the Gardens’ history, buy locally crafted goods from the retail store and immerse themselves in the new multimedia room, with its wet and dry season experience.
The Centre includes an internal air-conditioned event space with folding glass doors that open to the Gardens and a new terraced Mini Amphitheatre. It is available to hire for small conferences, weddings and community events.
The visitor experience is further enhanced with the launch of a new mobile app featuring two self-guided walks – the multimedia – Our Tree Walk ‘Every Tree Has a Story to Tell’ and the educational Matboerrma Walk ‘Larrakia Stories’.
The Matboerrma Walk showcases 12 trees and their traditional Aboriginal uses with stories told by Larrakia people. The app is available from the Apple and Google Play stores, and visitors can download it via the Event Centre’s free Wi-Fi.
The Friends of the Darwin Botanic Gardens have also produced a booklet titled ‘Darwin’s Botanic Gardens’, which will be available in the retail store.
A free community event will be held this Friday (October 18 2019) from 5pm to 9pm for the public to explore the Visitor and Event Centre while enjoying the pop-up Malak Marketplace, children’s activities and more.
Source: NT Government