The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens cover an area of 140 hectares, much of which has been preserved as natural bushland.
The Gardens, which were opened to the public in 1986, are designed developed and managed by a non-profit company of volunteers.
The development of the Gardens was recognised in 1999, with the winning of the 'Significant Regional Attraction' award in the Hunter Regional Awards for Excellence in Tourism.
The Gardens was a finalist in these awards in 2000, and won Newcastle City Council Environmental Awards in 1999 and 2000.
To welcome visitors, the Gardens have a Visitors Centre, outdoor cafe, gift shop and reference library. Devonshire teas and light lunches are served daily or visitors can picnic in the Gardens.
Walks and excursions are organised regularly and there is a program of special events such as music in the Gardens.