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

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

Galleries

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 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.

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 10am for a leisurely hour's walk on Tuesdays and the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 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 on 0406 670 644.

 

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:

Bushland Vibes
The Bushland Vibes Art Exhibition  Opening 5.00pm Friday 4th - 4.00pm 6th September. At the Arts & Ecology Centre Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 10am- 4pm.
Make sure your diary shows a visit to the Gardens as well as Father's Day on September 6th 2015. There will be something for everyone to enjoy and get involved in. Read and get a feel for the vibe at the Bushland Vibes website. Share it with friends and family and book early for the gourmet bush foods tasting table and weaving workshops.

Exhibitions at the A&E Centre
Sunshine Coast Council have updated the 2015 Exhibition Program for the Arts & Ecology Centre. At different times you will find watercolours, ceramics, photographs and book illustrations by local artists that relate to nature in our Region.

September Workshops
For Children
Printmaking with Cathy Money which will see young artists create prints for a children’s exhibition at the Arts & Ecology Centre next March to celebrate the 2016 Year of Print.

Junior Scientist walks - What wildlife can be identified and Learning Bushwalking Basics with Greg and Malcolm who will guide children on a journey of discovery through the botanic garden.

For Adults
Arts & Ecology Centre
Magical monotypes with Sandra Pearce,
Saturday 19 September 2015
10.00am – 3.00pm
Join this experienced printmaker and paper artist to enjoy this expressive type of printmaking using plants, stencils, netting, string, lace and other materials to create one-of-a-kind and often unexpected images. No experience required. $60.00 pp includes all materials. Bookings & information email:sandy_p09@hotmail.com

Botanica by Jan Roebuck
Saturday 26 September 2015
10.00am – 12.00pm
Join Jan in creating a piece of individual art using decals on clay. Make pendants or brooches. Select the shape of your piece of jewellery and the colour/s or sepia photo to transfer to your piece of clay. These will be fired and returned for collection the following Saturday or by arrangement, posted back to you. Neck wires, pendant bails, brooch backs will be available for you to purchase if required. $25.00 per person.

Lino Printing with Cathy Money
Sunday 27 September 2015
10am – 1pm
Be inspired by local native flora to work with Cathy in creating a small edition of lino prints on paper. No experience necessary. All paper, ink and lino supplied. $45 per person. Bookings & Information email:cmoney@optusnet.com.au

Unless noted bookings for the workshops will open on 2nd September online at www.community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events 

Guided Walks extend to Tuesdays
Trained volunteer Guides are now guiding walks Tuesdays as well as the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, February to November except public holidays. No bookings needed. Meet at the Arts & Ecology Centre at 10am.

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.