Community Gardens Bus Tour

  • Geraldton Universities Centre 33 Onslow St Geraldton, WA, 6530 Australia

Part of the Goodness festival 2015.

Visit four leading community gardens and meet their ardent advocates. These gardens are plants plus…, they are a learning experience in community development and forward thinking for a sustainable region.

Join us on a garden adventure and listen to passionate, knowledge experts talk about their experiences in developing and maintaining their gardens and community.

The four community gardens are distinctive in their aims but united in their desire to see community and natural providence plants and healthy community flourish.

The tour leaves from Geraldton Universities Centre at 1:30 and includes stops at the Drylands Permaculture Nursery and Research Farm, The Geraldton Community Nursery and local community gardens returning to GUC at 4:45.

Please bring a water bottle and wear a hat sunscreen and shoes for walking.


  • Julie Firth – Permaculture Design Expert, life member of the Seed Savers Network and managing director of the Drylands Foundation and developer of the Drylands Permaculture Nursery.
  • Wendy Payne – Natural Areas Officer at City of Greater Geraldton and coordinator of the community nursery
  • Stan Maley – Garden Guru Columnist and Fitzgerald Community Garden Creator


The Drylands Permaculture Farm demonstrates and promotes the practical application of environmental sustainability in a dryland climate through a farm, nursery, seed gardens, bee hives and educational workshops.

Our Permaculture Nursery, propagates and sells local native and multi-use permaculture plants, collect and sell heirloom vegetable & herb seeds and as registered bee keepers, produce and sell ‘Garden Honey’. As accredited Permaculture teachers, and hosts for ‘Willing Workers On Organic Farms’ (WWOOF) they offer tours, volunteering opportunities and workshops.

The Geraldton Community Nursery is working to regenerate and revegetate critical areas with local provenance plants to restore natural reserves. Drawing on volunteers and under the leadership of Wendy Payne, last year they grew ????? plants.

Beachlands Community Garden

Beachlands Community Garden is run by volunteers and welcomes all members of the community who would like to be involved in a wonderful project. The garden consists of shared raised wicking garden beds within a fenced area of 11m x 13m.

Fitzgerald Street Community Gardens

Over the last 4 years Stan has worked with the residents of the Fitzgerald Flats pensioner community to develop a small but ever growing jewel in the complex to grow fruit and vegetables and relationships while eating and living healthily. Stan is a champion of developing a Botanic Garden in Geraldton and of strives to engage the citizens of Geraldton to be part of a transitional town. A transitional town is one that recognizes peak oil and plans to deal with that and build a sense of community

Tickets costs $5.50 and can be purchased HERE

FREE if you purchase a Full Festival Ticket HERE

Who to contact for enquiries: Phone: (08) 9965 5371