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​A community garden is a not-for-profit, community based enterprise producing food primarily for the consumption of the gardeners. Community gardens play a role in improving access to fresh locally grown food, as well as providing valuable recreational activity, social interaction and educational benefits for the local community.

Community gardens make a valuable contribution in responding to the challenges of climate change as one means by which to reintegrate edible food plants into the urban landscape.

Starting a Community Garden

There are many great online resources available to help guide you through the processes associated with building a community garden from scratch. It's also a great idea to spend some time in existing gardens, building skills and making contacts who may be able to help you on your journey.

The Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network connects community gardeners around Australia. It is an informal, community-based organisation linking people interested in community gardening across Australia. The website contains some great planning documents, as well as information to build the practical skills you'll need in the garden.

Finding a Community Garden

If you would like to get involved with one of Wollongong's existing sites, below is a list of active community gardens and contact details. Some groups maintain blogs and host community open days and workshops, which can give you a taste of what is in store for you as a fully fledged member.

We'd like to send a big thank you to Food Fairness Illawarra for putting this directory together.

​Garden ​What do they do? Location/​Contact Details

Bally's Patch (Balgownie Community Garden)


All are welcome to come along to the beautiful Balgownie Community Garden! The garden design is a combination of communal food forest and communal vegetable beds, as well as six privately rented allotments. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Access: Open to public

Activities: Third Sunday of every month meet ups (9am) involving light gardening, shared food and good chats. In summer, the garden host twilight meet ups. End-of-year party is hosted in December each year including a BBQ and drinks to thank all their dedicated members.


L: Lot 21, 5a Church St, Balgownie

T: 0413 862 865

E: balgowniecommunitygarden



Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre Garden

The Bellambi Community Garden is a shared garden of vegetables, herbs, fruit trees and flowers. The garden is more than just a wonderful place to harvest produce including funky looking veggies. It is a great place to meet new people, have fun and share your skills. Come and help the Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre grow their garden. New volunteers are always welcome!

Access: Open to public

Activities: Weekly community lunch – Wednesdays, 11.30am (during school term).

L: Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre

T: 4285 3715




Bulli Community Garden

Bulli Community garden is open to anyone who is keen to get their hands dirty! This fun-loving community garden loves to teach people all things gardening with monthly working bees. The garden recently constructed two raised garden beds and filled one with plants for all the community to come and enjoy. The garden is busy with seedling events, harvesting new produce and welcoming friendly new faces to their garden.

Access: Open to public.

Activities: Working bee, first Sunday of month, 9am – 11am.

L: 328 Princes Hwy, Bulli




Dapto Community Farm
(community garden on site)

Dapto Community Farm is a certified organic farm renting plots to commercial and community gardeners. It has over 100 members and 30m x 1.2m plots available to rent. Full facilities are available including washing and packing rooms, cool rooms and community kitchen facilities including wood fired pizza oven and BBQ. Get involved and enjoy chemical free vegetables by growing your own. New members are welcome!

Access: Open to Public

Activities: Contact for more details.

L: 29 Darkes Rd, Dapto




Friendship Community Garden

Based on a permaculture model, the Friendship Garden is a harmonious, intergenerational and educational space for Afghans, Iranians and the wider cultural community. It involves practical gardening with ecological environmental practices, management, community capacity and leadership skills. The garden is managed by the Multicultural Youth Development Project (Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra). It provides the cultural groups a place to socialise with each other and the wider community.

Access: Open to the multicultural community. Contact Allyson Pazos for initial access.

Activities:  Cultural gardening groups and much more. Contact for more details.

L: St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Wollongong

T: 4229 7566



Greenhouse Park Community Garden

The Greenhouse Park Community Garden was established in 2013 to educate volunteers on growing their own food. It is run by Wollongong Council and is maintained by Greenhouse Park volunteers who are dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the remnant salt marsh of the Tom Thumb Lagoon and the Green Bell Frog Ponds and Community Gardens. The garden is based on a permaculture model and allows volunteers to take home some good quality produce to eat.


Access: Volunteer access only. Contact for access.

Activities: Working bee on Mondays and Tuesdays. Contact for more details.

L: Springhill Road, Wollongong

T: 0418 420 915 (Mike)




Laneway Garden, Port Kembla

The laneway project is about the gathering of local community members, reclaiming unused land and applying permaculture techniques to grow food, friendship and knowledge.

Over the past 10 years the laneway has been transformed from unused grassland that constantly needed mowing, into lush productive community gardens, habitat for native wildlife and community spaces.

Working bees organised when needed.  So if you are interested, please call the community centre.

L: Corner of Wentworth & Church Street, Port Kembla

T: 4276 3433


North Wollongong PCYC Community Garden

​​North Wollongong Community Garden is a fun and volunteer run garden located at the Wollongong PCYC with lots of activities and social meet ups for community members. The garden is over 20 years old and based on permaculture principles such as observe and interact, use renewable resources and services and produce no waste.

Access: Open by demand for public and volunteers. Contact for access.

Activities: Working Bee - first Sunday of the month 10am - 3pm. Lunch 1pm - bring something you made.

L: North Wollongong PCYC, via Ajax Avenue

T: 0424 241 881



Thirroul Community Garden

The Thirroul Community Gardeners work together to maintain their community garden using permaculture design principles: earth care, people care and fair share. This permaculture garden has a creek and plenty of space for its gardeners to work and socialise. Visitors may visit the garden up to three times, before becoming a member. Members can participate in regular working bees and take part in garden design, planning and maintenance. The garden is always looking for new members. Come along any Sunday morning to find out how to join!


Access: Open to visitors and members. Contact for membership.

Activities: Working Bee, Sunday from 9am

L: Corner Lawrence Hargrave Drive & High Street, Thirroul



Todd and Bent St Community Garden, Warrawong

What was once a wasteland in Warrawong has now turned into a thriving permaculture garden thanks to Phoenix Van Dyke. For over two years Phoenix guided residents from the Todd Street social housing estate to create the community garden. The garden has a large array of produce including bush tucker trees, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins and lots of herbs. Local community member Sharyn Lacey, who completed a permaculture design course at TAFE, designed the garden. In 2015, it was a finalist in the ‘Keep NSW Beautiful Sustainability Awards’.


Access: Open to public

Activities: Working bee Thursday 8.30am-2pm (open to public).

Second Thursday every month garden to table lunch; – pizza oven, BBQ and seating for members to eat together.

L: No.1 Todd St, Warrawong (behind Block 5)

T: 4276 4775 (Phoenix)

































Unanderra Community Centre Garden

Come along to the Unanderra Community Garden and get your hands dirty! Originally established as the ‘No-Dig’ garden, it’s managed by volunteers with love and support to help the garden flourish. An edible Fruit Grove was started as a community project by Wollongong City Council. The Unanderra Community Centre ‘Green Thumbs’ group always love new volunteers to help them maintain their Edible Fruit Grove.


Access: Open by demand Monday-Wednesday. Call for access.

Activities: Green Thumbs Gardening Group, Tuesday 9.30am-12.30pm.

L: Princes Hwy and Factory Road, Unanderra

T: 4271 2213





Community Gardens on Community Land

The utilisation of appropriate open space for community gardens is valued by Council for its contribution to the health and well-being of the wider community and the sustainability principles on which it is based.
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