Waraburra Nura (The Happy Wanderer’s Place) is UTS’ Indigenous medicinal plant garden on the North-facing balcony of the main tower. The garden provides a space of relaxation and tranquillity for everyone.
The plants in the garden are native to the Sydney basin and have existed on this land for thousands of years, adapting to the environment and supporting the people who have lived here and continue living here today. This garden is a small way to show locals and visitors part of the rich living culture in Sydney, where UTS stands.
In this garden, we have used companion planting, where four or five native plants put together in a cluster will support and nourish each other. The addition of Eucalypt leaves folded into the soil creates a fungus on the roots of all the plants which is essential for the companion planting to work.
The website (link below) provides information and is a guide to the properties and medicinal uses of some of the plants in Waraburra Nura. All audio recordings are of our consultant D’harawal Senior and botanist Aunty Fran Bodkin explaining the uses and her experiences with the plants.