Japanese Gardens in Australia

Australia has around 30 Japanese gardens. Many gardens were designed by famous Japanese landscapers, such as Kenzo Ogata, Hachiro Sakakibara, and Ken Nakajima. We’d like to introduce great Japanese gardens in Australia.

Treasury Garden in Melbourne, 1902

The first Japanese garden in Melbourne is Treasury garden which was built in 1902.
It is said that an Australian man who was involved in the construction of a Japanese garden built at the San Francisco Expo site, designed this garden.

Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, 1979
by Kenzo OGATA

It is one of the earliest Japanese gardens in Australia that was made for sister cities relationships. It is designed by Kenzo Ogata. His design is characterised by calm stone shores at the edge of ponds.

Mt.Coot-tha Botanic Garden, 1982

One of Kenzo’s disciple, Hachiro Sakakibara design made a Japanese garden in Mt. Coot-tha Botanic garden. Around 1990s, many Japanese gardens were made to show the friendship of sister cities between Australia and Japan.

Jurakuen in University of Southern Queensland, 1989
by Kinsaku NAKANE

Kinsaku Nakane made Jurakuen in the University of Southern Queensland. He made a Japanese garden at Adachi Museum in Japan as well.

Japanese Garden in Melbourne Zoo, 1991
by Kinsaku NAKANE

Japanese garden in Melbourne zoo is also designed by Kinsaku Nakane. The stones and azalea is creating unique edges.

 Making use of local materials and plants is the key essence of Japanese gardens. Even in Japan, Japanese gardens in Kyoto and Tokyo use different materials and plants.
Japanese gardens in Australia use Australian native plants and materials to adapt to the unique climate and environment of Australia, keeping the mind of Zen.

We, Acer Landscapes, always challenge to make Japanese gardens that keep the mind of Zen but also adapt to the environment of Australia.

Want to have
Japanese gardens
at Melbourne?

We are Japanese background landscaping specialists based
in Melbourne, Australia.


Naoko Makita, Tsutomu Hattori, Makoto Suzuki, 2011, ‘A Study on the History and Present of Japanese Gardens in Australia’, JILA Annual Scientific Research Meeting Abstracts 2011(0), 135-135,