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 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

bullet Facilities for Visitors
bullet Location & Maps
Map of the Gardens
bullet Future Developments


bullet WET WET WET
bullet Brad Kinross
bullet Then and Now

 The Friends

bullet About Us
bullet Recent Work
bullet Social Pages
bullet The Story of the
bullet Contact Us
bullet Join 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.

This year we are celebrating our 20th year of work developing and maintaining the gardens. The Friends celebrated on the 1st of May with a gathering of Friends from early days to current. We hope you will join us during this anniversary year. For a taste of how things have developed read the first  newsletter produced in 1996 and see what we have been doing 20 years on in the latest newsletter. 1996  |  2016

The Friends are also expanding their social presence - You can now become a Friend on Facebook too.

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, 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.

If you enjoy plants, and learning about our special native plants, their stories and uses, please meet the Guides at the Arts & Ecology Centre at 9am for a leisurely hour's walk on Tuesdays, February to November except public holidays. 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. Time is required for organization so please let us know at least a month in advance. To make a booking, contact Margaret.

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:

Sunshine Coast Council Koala Research Project
The University of Queensland team has collared koalas as part of their research into their health, home range and habitat use in the Gardens. Collared koala "Lizzie" is taking a break from the Gardens and having a health check. If you see a koala while walking in the Gardens let the Friends know where you spotted it for follow up. Find out more about Koala conservation - view the A&E Centre display.

Spring 2016 holiday workshop program Council workshops for all have been released. Children's Program. Adult Printmaking workshops.

Guided Walks
Trained volunteer Guides are now guiding walks on Tuesdays. No bookings needed. Meet at the Arts & Ecology Centre at 9am for an hour of pleasant walking, February to November, excepting public holidays.

Information Desk
The Info Desk is located in the Arts and Ecology Centre building, and is manned by Friends on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am to 2:30pm. Call in for a brief tour around the Arts & Ecology building, and to talk about the gardens.


The Volunteers, both Tuesday Working Group and the Saturday Bushcare Team continue to improve and maintain the Gardens. Interested in joining? Use our Contacts page to make an enquiry, or use the email link below.



PO Box 445 BUDERIM Q. 4556