Our Jungle in Willunga

Our Jungle in Willunga –  a tropical oasis in SA

Growing a jungle in South Australia is a major triumph over climate and adversity. Come for a walk with us to get the idea.

Our Jungle in Willunga was created over 30 years ago and is a living example of a tropical oasis right here in SA. There is a palm forest, a cycad garden and a bamboo collection all linked by walkways. There are also water features, flowering plants and a magical Climbing Web, hidden deep in Tarzan territory in our Summer House Pavilion.

In recent times, the Jungle has been transformed into an adventure wonderland for children and adults alike. There are numerous Jungle animals hiding in the undergrowth or jumping out at you, like Pete the Panda bear.

As part of our commitment to HELP SAVE THE MURRAY, we recycle 100% of our run off water aiming to make our display gardens self-sufficient. It’s a cool, shady place to relax and marvel at what can be achieved in the driest state on the driest continent on Earth.

You are welcome to come and walk through our Jungle anytime 7 days a week 10am-4pm for only $2 per person donation (which helps with our garden maintenance costs).

Before you leave, make sure you visit our Fairy Fern Garden and get your photo taken with our own Jungle Fairy.

“The Jungle in Willunga is much more than a plant nursery. It’s a place to be inspired and enthused, as well as a chance to see how your green sanctuary will look in 20 years’ time”.

Owner Lorraine Poole

Building a Jungle in Willunga

The garden started with a windbreak of Eucalypts and bottlebrush on the southern boundary in 1988, then large trees and Cocos palms were added. As the shade developed, smaller palms such as Bangalow, Dwarf Date, Windmill and Kentias were planted. A Cycad collection was established at the western entry, followed by a selection of more unusual palms (Bamboo, Parlour, Livistonia, Sabal).

Tree ferns were scattered through the garden but the drought took its toll, with only a few remaining. Most recently, clumping bamboo from China and Japan was added with an Oriental section including a Wisteria walkway and Japanese Maples. There is a very impressive clump of Ghost Bamboo and a beautiful windbreak of Australia’s most popular bamboo, Gracilis. Since 2014, we have been focusing on adding to our bamboo collection and enriching the understorey with cannas and bromeliads.