Southern Cross University Medicinal Plant Garden


The Medicinal Plant Garden at Southern Cross University was designed as a ´living laboratory´ for students of natural medicine to learn to identify and understand the growth habits and organoleptic characteristics of many of the plants used in contemporary Western herbal medicine in Australia. The plants have originated in large part from Europe and North America, but also India, China and South America. This reflects the origin of the plants used in the materia medica of Australian naturopathic practitioners.  As such, we believe that this is the largest medicinal plant garden in Australia.

Since its inception in 1997 it has become a popular place for visitors to the university and local community members to relax and wander in the peaceful surroundings. The garden also serves as a repository for researchers and higher degree students and is linked to the university’s Medicinal Plant Herbarium (PHARM) and the Southern Cross Plant Science Special Research Centre.

At A Glance

  • Region
  • Country
  • Latitude
    28° 49′ 9.5196″ S
  • Longitude
    153° 18′ 8.4996″ E
  • Partners
    Medicinal Plant Herbarium (PHARM)
  • Ecosystem
    Coastal plains
  • Cultural Scope
    Medicinal plants of the Western herbal medicine tradition; global medicinal plants; Australian indigenous medicinal plants and food plants