Adventure awaits at a new sensory playspace set to be built at the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden after it successfully obtained a grant for the project.
The $511,942 grant came from the NSW Government's Everyone Can Play program, for regional communities impacted by fire and drought, and will go towards a new playspace sure to delight all the senses.
Features will include plants to touch, smell and taste as well as interactive elements in a series of restful and active zones, framed by meandering pathways.
Sounds of the forest will be broadcast with the push of a button, splashing water from a seemingly dry creek bed will create intrigue, giant insects will confuse the sense of scale, and smooth and rough bark, hard and soft leaves, and the brush of grasses will contrast with colourful mosaics and rigid sculptures.
Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden manager Michael Anlezark said all-inclusive playspace would add to the Garden's evolution as a world-class attraction and have an important role in connecting people with the amazing natural world around them.
"Our new Forest Sensory Playspace is designed to delight, to challenge and most importantly to engage the senses of all who choose to take its paths, regardless of culture, age or ability," he said.
"It will be a place of new experiences, where you are enticed to slow down and interact with your surroundings in a more meaningful way."
In replacing the existing sensory garden destroyed by fire, the new Forest Sensory Playspace will cover 650 square metres and link to the new inspirational Naturescape display gardens under construction.
"We're elated to receive this funding and can't wait to get started bringing this dream playspace into reality for the community to enjoy," Mr Anlezark.
The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden is on Deep Creek Dam Road, off the Princes Highway, five kilometres south of Batemans Bay, and is open 9am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday.