About Us

Austral Watergardens is a third-generation, family-owned, watergarden nursery.

The nursery was established in 1942 by William Roberts. It was then run by his daughter Edith Metelik for many years and in that time , Edith visited the UK and imported many different varieties of waterlilies back to Australia. Edith’s son Kevin had the passion for watergardening so Kevin and Lisa Metelik have been managing the business for the last 30 years.

We grow all of our waterplants here on site, and sell directly to the public (retail) or by way of mail order to most Australian states.

Visiting us

Come and visit our historic nursery and meander through the display gardens. discover the many different waterlilies and other aquatic plants grown at the nursery. The nursery is also dotted with statues, waterbowls and garden ornaments.

The best time to visit the nursery is from October through to end of April.

Our nursery is situated on the old Pacific Highway, Cowan and is surrounded by the Mougamurra Nature Reserve.
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-12pm and Sunday 10am-5pm
Open all year except – June (visit by appointment only)
Closed July for winter nursery maintenance.