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Gondwana Garden Science Week Event Set to Exceed Expectations, Again!

Source: Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands
Archived 15 Oct 2018 - Posted: 16 Aug 2018
Gondwana Garden Family Day
This year’s major Blue Mountains National Science Week event is Gondwana Garden at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. On the 18 August 2018, the event is set to exceed expectations, which reached 1,800 visitors last year.

The free family event is funded by the Australian Government to engage the public in science activities and inspire children to consider science as a career. It is highly anticipated, so much so, that it has already attracted the interest of hundreds of parents and local residents via social media.

“Due to last year’s popularity, as soon as Gondwana Garden Family Day was posted on Facebook, word started to spread through Sydney and the local community about its return. This year the free event is packed with even more events and activities, including wildlife displays, creepy crawlies and real, life-sized roaming dinosaurs,” said Lisa Grieve, Visitor Experience Manager, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.

“It’s great news for us and a positive sign of community support and the huge demand for these kinds of events in the greater Blue Mountains region. Of course, it has also raised a red flag for us as organisers to prepare for potential overcrowding and traffic problems – should they occur.

“If there is one key message, it is to remember to check our Facebook page before leaving home, to plan ahead and avoid disappointment.”

In response to the anticipated crowds, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden will have additional ranger staff on the ground and a formal plan has been developed to ensure cars are parked safely and efficiently.

Traffic flow will be monitored throughout the day and once capacity has been reached, vehicles may be turned around. Entry is not guaranteed and the event is expected to reach capacity within the first few hours after the gates open at 9.30 am.

The extraordinary response to the Gondwana Garden Family Day event and the increase in overall visitation will be considered in future planning for the Garden.

Highlights of Gondwana Garden Family Day include:

  • Botanists from our Herbarium showcasing their work
  • Australian Wildlife Displays
  • Geological Society
  • Erth’s Dinosaurs
  • Frog & Tadpole Society
  • Live Reptile Displays

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by both the Australian and NSW Governments as part of Sydney Science Festival in National Science Week.


Gondwana Garden Family Day

Date:
Saturday 18 August 2018

Time:
9.30am

Venue:
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah

 
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