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Phone: 5261 2856



Address: 14 Price St. Torquay, Vic  3228

Danawa Community Garden

Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fresh food, to learn, relax and make new friends.

Danawa Community Garden exists to help you to feed yourself and your family with fresh, organic, locally grown food, and to have fun doing it!

Our purpose is

  • the ongoing development of an inviting and accessible place for a diversity of people to come together: sharing work, stories, experiences and food, in a supportive and co-operative environment.
  • the exploration and education of organic gardening, sustainability and permaculture gardening principles
  • grow a range of foods for members and the wider community

Danawa has individual plots for rent at a nominal fee, so get in quick and secure your patch of heaven! 

If you would like to read more about our garden's development, purpose and strategy, you are invited to download our Masterplan or read about our Management Plan (2002) here.

Our Rules of the Association are attached here

Where are we? 

Danawa Community Garden is located in Spring Creek Reserve, Torquay (near the tennis courts) - just on the left as you drive in. Look for the meeting space - a shelter made from reclaimed timbers and constructed entirely by volunteers - the mandala gardens, wetlands and fruit trees.

How can you be involved? 

  1. Join our Facebook group
  2. Come down to the garden on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 2pm onwards for a the Pick'n'Plant Day, a guided tour, and maybe a BBQ over the summer
  3. Come along to a meeting, or one of our semi-regular pot-luck local-food dinners
  4. Learn about growing plants in our new plant propagation nursery!
  5. Just drop into the garden and soak up the vibe..
  6. Become a member!


Individual membership $25

Family membership $35

Garden plot $15 extra 

Memberships renewed August/September

Membership benefits

  • keep in the loop about garden events
  • access to online groupsite - discussion pages, calendar, photos, blog, and more!
  • discounts on training and workshops
  • discount plants 

Membership application available here

Want to hire the garden or the pizza oven?


If you are keen to promote sustainable gardening and healthy eating, the garden can be hired for events. Your community group could have a meeting in the 'Sharing Shed', you could use the propagating shed, or even fire up the pizza oven!

Conditions apply, of course, and are set out clearly in our Garden Booking Form. Please note that the pizza oven is for community use, but to get the best out of it we require you to do some training with us first.

Upcoming Events

Check out what events that we are planning over 2013 and into next summer at our Events Page.



For more information, contact or

Chris Leibhardt (0428) 714 061

Perry Mills  (0428) 848 646

Claire Gittings  (0423) 683 120

John Harrison   5261-6193

Volunteers Wanted!

Danawa is looking for people with the following skills/interests

  1. Events - someone to help coordinate some of the fun events we have each year
  2. Irrigation - to assist in setting up a reliable watering system for the nursery, from mains and tank. 
  3. Backhoe - we need to lay a drain about 20m x 400mm near the entry
  4. Market stall - people to go on a roster to 'man' a stall shared with SCEG at the Cowrie Market on the 3rd Sunday in the month. A great way to catch up with friends!
  5. Develop corporate sponsorship program - We would like to develop a multi-level program to support the gardens recurrent costs
  6. Artists - there are a number of opportunities to get more artwork in the garden, particularly some creative interpretation materials -  the garden needs some good looking signs to help show people around!

Materials wanted

We are currently looking for the following materials. If you have any of the following, please contact Perry Mills on (0428) 848 646

  • straw/hay bales - for seats, raised garden beds and mulching
  • 20m concrete stormwater pipe (or sewer pipe) and pit
  • Dhurang gravel for the driveway

Thanks, everyone!

We acknowledge the following organisations who have asssisted in the development of the gardens to date - further assistance is always welcome!



Spring Creek Community House

Surf Coast Shire

Torquay Community Enterprise

Australian Open Gardens Scheme

Lake and Land Civil Contractors

Malcolm Slater Landscapes

Zeally Bay Bakery

Barwon Water

Torquay Mitre 10


McGaines Nursery

Surfcoast Plumbing

Meredith Cheeses


Green Energy Options 

Thanks to Torquay Community Enterprise and Surf Coast Shire

Thanks to the TCE and Surf Coast Shire for their continued support of the Garden over a number of years. Their support has helped us to buy water tanks, a solar lighting system, beautiful artworks, a toilet, water supply, fencing and much more.  You guys rock! Thanks heaps!


Geelong Organic Gardeners meets regularly in the Geelong Botanic Gardens and is a really active, vibrant group of passionate greenthumbs. A number of Danawa members attend regularly.

City farms and community gardens network is the website for community gardens across the nations, and it has great fact-sheets, news, features and tips!

Permaculture Research Institute overseen by insprational permaculture teacher Geoff Lawton has lots of examples of permaculture at work, including links to videos of how gardens are changing peoples lives for the better across the world.

Sustainable Gardening Australia are a non-government, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to changing the way Australians garden. You may be interested in joining the local SGA Pod of home gardeners helping each other out in the garden - there is one in Jan Juc!  Contact AlisonAphrys on or (0412) 012 904 .