Download a printable visitors' brochure about the gardens.

 The Gardens:

bullet The Sculpture Garden
bullet The Fern Glade
bullet The Ephemeral Wetlands
bullet Walking Tracks

The Lagoon Walk
Whipbird Walk
The Creek Walk
bullet Rare and Endangered Flora
bullet Birds in the Gardens
bullet Other Visiting Fauna
bullet Guided Walks
See news item on this page
bullet Facilities for Visitors
bullet Maps:
 Map of the Gardens
bullet Coming Events
bullet Future Developments

 Photo Gallery

bullet WET WET WET
bullet Brad Kinross Gallery
bullet Then and Now

 The Friends:

bullet Our wonderful Sponsors and Supporters
bullet About Us
bullet Recent Work
bullet Social Pages
bullet The Story of the Gardens
bullet Contact Us
bullet Inquire about Joining Us
bullet Interesting Links

Welcome to our Maroochy Botanic Gardens Friends' website. The Friends of the gardens are a group of volunteers who provide a labour of love in maintaining and improving the gardens to be enjoyed by all.

The gardens are a place of natural beauty, where people can enjoy peace and relaxation. Visitors can increase their knowledge and appreciation of plants, their significance and conservation, especially those native to the Sunshine Coast region and subtropical forests of South East Queensland.

The gardens are open every day, 7am to 5pm (April to October) and 7am to 6pm (November to March). Visitors are very welcome to just sit and relax, or enjoy walking the tracks and trails, or to have a picnic on the grass or under the trees. You may like to book in for one of the guided walks or attend one of the special events held in the gardens from time to time. There is no admission charge at the gardens, but there may be an entry charge for some of the special events.

Visitors are asked to respect some simple procedures that will help protect the environment and flora and fauna of the gardens, and make everyone's visit more pleasant:

bullet Dogs and other domestic animals are not allowed in the gardens, excepting guide dogs for the blind;
bullet Rubbish bins are NOT provided in the gardens - visitors are asked to take their rubbish away with them. This encourages a balance of fauna species in the gardens, rather than encouraging and favouring rubbish scavenging species;
bullet No camping or open fires (you can bring your own gas BBQ).

The Friends of the gardens are a very inclusive group who welcome new members to join them in their volunteer labours. If you would like to know more about the Friends, surf the Friends' web pages or better still, come and introduce yourself when the Arts and Ecology Centre is open. We work in the gardens every Tuesday (excepting over Christmas/New Year) from about 7:30 am. For more details on joining and membership see our Inquiry page.


 Latest News:

Summer Holiday Activities
From December 16 2014 to January 15  2015 Sunshine Coast Council is running workshops for children. Download the Nature Connections Brochure to see what's available and how to book.

Native Bees at work
Have you noticed the bees busy pollinating our flowers? While some are exotic honey bees, many are native. Some are swarming now it's warming up. Find out more about stingless native bees and how to build a bee box for your backyard.

Guided Walks on Wednesdays
Trained volunteer Guides take walks on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. If you enjoy plants, and learning about our special native plants, their stories and uses, please meet the Guides at the Arts and Ecology Centre for a leisurely walk with us. Walks begin at 9 a.m. and last for an hour. During the hot months we take advantage of the shady, cool areas of the Gardens, including the Mossy Log area, the Fern Glade, the Friendship Colonnade and the Ephemeral Wetlands. 

Guided walks for groups can be arranged for times that are mutually convenient for guide(s) and walkers. But time is required for organisation so please let us know at least a month in advance. Contact Margaret on 0406 670 644

 Gardens Information Desk trial
The Friends are presently trialling the manning of an information desk for visitors to the gardens. The Info Desk is located in the Arts and Ecology Centre building, and is currently manned on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am to 2:30pm. Call in for a brief tour around the A&E building, and to talk about the gardens.

Can you help to man the Info Desk at other times? Please talk to us if you think you can help out with this very enjoyable work. Training available. Contact Anne via our email