These 42-hectare gardens showcase plants from the Top End and around the world − monsoon vine forest, the mangroves and coastal plants habitat, boabs, and a magnificent collection of native and exotic palms and cycads.

The gardens are an easy 2km bicycle ride or walk from Darwin, along Gilruth Ave and Gardens Rd; there's another entrance off Geranium St, which runs off the Stuart Hwy in Stuart Park. Alternatively, city bus 7 stops near the Stuart Hwy/Geranium St corner.

Many of the plants here were traditionally used by the local Aboriginal people, and self-guiding Aboriginal plant-use trails have been set up − pick up a brochure at the gardens' information centre near the Geranium St entry. You'll also find birdwatching brochures and garden maps here.