Bringing tucker to the bush capital

Released 30/10/2019

The National Arboretum Canberra has officially opened a bush tucker garden, located in the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP).

“The Bush Tucker Garden was designed by National Arboretum Canberra horticultural staff with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in consultation with STEP volunteers,” Minister Steel said.

“The Bush Tucker Garden design was inspired by the land form and the rivers of the local region, with the first two tiers of the garden representing the local hills and mountains. The garden’s footpaths flow together and converge, representing the local rivers and waterways.”

The garden features a basket weaving area, as well as a range of berries, grasses and other native plants. The garden offers a great opportunity for all visitors to learn about local Ngunnawal culture, with plants that have been used for thousands of years as food, fibre, shelter and for their aromatic and medicinal qualities.

All Bush Tucker Garden plant species have been selected from the ‘Ngunnawal plant use’ publication that was developed in consultation with Ngunnawal elders and community, as well as ACT Government and Greening Australia.

“With gardens in full spring bloom, and more Canberrans heading outside in the warmer weather, it’s a great time to learn about some of the plants native to the region,” Minister Steel said.

“It’s a great opportunity for families and garden enthusiasts to walk through a Bush Tucker Garden, and be inspired to grow native plants in their own backyards. Local plant species are adapted to the Canberra climate that also attract and support native fauna.”

The Bush Tucker garden and STEP regional botanic garden is a multi-purpose space used for reconciliation, Ngunnawal culture, reflection, conservation, education and native plant appreciation.

The Bush Tucker Garden is open daily from 6:00am to 8.30pm during daylight saving hours. Find out more at

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