All constructed facilities are maintained by staff and volunteers. Feedback on their standard is welcome from visitors.
Two free gas barbecues and some undercover seating are provided in the picnic area together with some outdoor tables. Advance notice is desirable if a large group wishes to use the barbecues, but it is not possible to obtain their exclusive use.
A 300 metre loop path has been designed on the bank of Deep Creek thanks to a grant from the IMB Community Foundation. Model animals along the way are the subject of interpretive signs and a colouring-in booklet.
Beds in the Sensory Garden have been sown with plants that appeal to our senses of touch, scent and sound, not just our sense of sight. Even the surfaces that we walk on between the beds are different from those of the main gravel tracks, while shaded seating near the water feature provides a welcome break in hot weather. At least one bed is raised to the eye level of any visitor in a wheelchair.
Eight kilometres of walking tracks cover the Gardens. On arrival all visitors receive a free map, which they can supplement if they wish, with a small booklet giving more details. On the first Sunday of every month, volunteer guides take visitors on a walk of about an hour starting at 11.00am. No booking is necessary. Except for the Forest Track up to Deep Creek Dam, the Deep Creek Track itself and the Hill Track towards the Princes Highway, all other tracks may be negotiated by a visitor in a wheelchair or by any adult pushing a baby in a stroller.
While many Australian mammals are nocturnal, visitors often see our resident Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the Arboretum or on the lawns near the barbecues. Swamp Wallabies may be glimpsed along the creek below the bird hide. You are more likely to see the typical conical indented scrape of a Long-nosed Bandicoot than the animal itself, and in answer to many visitors' questions, no, we do not have Koalas.
Over 100 species of birds live in ERBG. Visitors may pick up a leaflet illustrating the 45 most common species, and a comprehensive list of over 120 species based on 10 years of observations by the Eurobodalla Natural History Society. www.enhs.org.au/
The Bird Hide sponsored by the Rotary Club of Batemans Bay is located on the edge of the northern lake.
Red-bellied black snakes have been seen occasionally.
A well-stocked nursery provides the visitor with a wide range of local plants. All plants for sale are propagated on site by volunteers. Because they are indigenous they have a good survival record in local domestic gardens. Stock varies according to the season.
Preserves, jams, honey and cordial, using local produce when in season are available at reception.
Homewares, stationery and giftware are also available at reception.
Please note that we currently do not have credit facilities.
Several geocaches have been placed throughout the Gardens, presenting young and old with a range of challenges in terms of difficulty of the hide and the type of container you are looking for. Have a picnic and spend an hour or two exploring our walking trails and searching for the geocaches as you go! Geocaching requires a GPS-capable device such as a smartphone or iPad. To learn about the game, go to www.geocaching.com
For anyone interested in photography, each season provides wonderful opportunities for landscape photography, or close studies of flowers and birds.
Since 2010 the annual ERBG calendar has featured the work of members of the local Eurobodalla Photographic Club.
This year the competition is being opened to anyone interested in entering, and there will be a section for juniors as well as adults. If you would like more details, click here
Since its official opening during Easter 2012 the Playspace has proved immensely popular. Its appeal is based partly on unusual equipment: most facilities including the “musical instruments” are not found elsewhere in Eurobodalla Shire; and since no traffic passes, parents and carers feel that children are safe. Being located within ERBG means there is no charge for access. Children from local schools had great fun constructing the Mud Brick Cubby, which was opened in December 2012. Funds for the Playspace were derived from Friends of ERBG, the ERBG Trust Fund, a State Government grant to the Friends, and the Eurobodalla Shire Council.