VISIT A BOTANIC GARDENS OR ARBORTOREUM

Do you like trees? or maybe just a beautiful quiet space. Check out a few of these locations for something different!

SUNSHINE COAST REGION

Follow the signs off of Palm Creek Rd Tanawah.

The Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden is located in Tanawha on the Sunshine Coast. The garden showcases plants native to the Sunshine Coast region. These local plants are perfectly adapted to the coast’s climate and conditions.

The magnificent 82 hectare garden supports native plants and wildlife, and has a magic and spirit that affect all who visit. The garden includes a mix of eucalypt open forest and creek-side rainforest, featuring lagoons, rocky and palm filled gullies, and the headwaters of Mountain Creek.

While the forest is old, the garden is new. Council encourages everyone to visit often and witness the changes as plants grow, mosses spread on rocks, birds nest, frogs spawn, and new events and activities are held.

Noosa Botanic Gardens-

The Noosa Botanic Gardens are a short drive from the hinterland town of Cooroy, on the shores of Lake Macdonald.

The gardens comprise eight hectares of native and exotic plant species. The gardens are home to an abundance of wildlife. Other features of the gardens include:

  • an open-air bush chapel
  • a fern house
  • a lily pond
  • large lawn areas with winding paths leading to picnic areas
  • a Greek style amphitheatre (a circular structure with rows of seats).

The site was originally farmland. Council resumed the site in the late 1950s. Part of the site was used to create the Lake Macdonald water supply.

The site was used to dump rubbish until local resident Ida Duncan approached council for permission to clear the site. With the help of other locals, Ida Duncan cleared the area of weeds and car bodies.

Funding from a government community employment program was used to start construction of the botanic gardens in 1987.

When the program ended, council appointed two full time staff to continue construction and maintenance of the gardens. Former Noosa Shire Parks Curator, Bob Bickley designed the layout of the gardens. Council has funded the gardens since 1988.

The Noosa Botanic Gardens officially opened to the public in August 1990.

A Friends of the Noosa Botanic Gardens group has been established. They meet every Thursday in the gardens at 8.00 am for a working bee. The group also meet at 5.00 pm every second Monday in the Cooroy Library. For more information meet the group on Thursday mornings or Monday afternoons.

BRISBANE REGION

Sherwood Arboretum (previously known as Sherwood Forest Park and John Herbert Memorial Vista Park) is located at 57 Dewar Terrace, Sherwood.

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha (located on Mt Coot-tha Road at Toowong) are recognised as Queensland’s premier subtropical botanic gardens , displaying distinctly different gardens arranged in thematic and geographical displays. Founded in 1970 and officially opened in 1978, the 56 hectare botanic gardens are open every day of the year between 8am – 5.30pm from September to March and 8am – 5pm from April to August. Entry to the gardens is free. Dogs are not permitted in the Gardens.