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:
 Location
 Map of the Gardens
 
bullet Coming Events
 
bullet Future Developments

PHOTO GALLERY
bullet WET WET WET
bullet Brad Kinross Photos
bullet Then and Now Photos

 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 have been developed to protect the environment and flora and fauna of the gardens, and to make everyone's visit pleasant:

bullet Dogs or 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, but better still, come and introduce yourself. We work in the gardens every Tuesday (excepting over Christmas/New Year) from about 7:30 am. To inquire about the Friends of MRBBG, just click here

 

 

Latest News:

Coming Events in the Gardens:
Suzanne Aspland,
Environment Education Programming Officer with the Sunshine Coast Council has advised us of the following activities planned for the Arts and Ecology Centre over the next few months.

Bookings for workshops will open on dates indicated at the Community Hub Weblink:  www.community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events

An exciting and engaging range of children’s activities is planned for the school holiday program including a repeat of the popular Nature weaving with Carly and Fiona, Looking at Trees with Christine and clay workshop with Stephen.  We have a new workshop with popular presenters Jill Morris & Heather Gall who will look at the role of wasps in the strangler fig lifecycle. Malcolm Cox will also guide children on another exciting adventure along the bushland trails in the garden.

Dates: 1 July – 10 July
Venue:   Arts & Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens
Times: See the full program - click here
Bookings open: 2 June online at www.community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events

Burnt Offerings - Drawings and Prints by Catherine Money.
Cathy will hold an exhibition of her stunning drawings and prints during the winter school holidays, at the Arts and Ecology Centre.
Dates: Saturday 28 June until Sunday 13 July.
Hours: Tues-Sun, 10am-2pm.
Click here to see a brochure with exhibition times and an invitation to attend the opening. RSVP via email to Cathy (see brochure) if you wish to attend the opening.
Art activities: During the exhibition opening hours Cathy will have materials available for adults and children to create their own prints based on the exhibition theme. If you are interested in creating your own print please note the times the exhibition will be open in your diary and call in to the centre at your leisure.

Wildflowers in Watercolour - as part of the annual Sunshine Coast Wildflower festival Christine Elcoate will be presenting a watercolour workshop.

Venue: Arts & Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens
Date: Sunday 24 August
Time: 10am - 12pm

Materials to bring; Watercolour brushes No 1, No 6 and No 10 as well as a cheap watercolour pad if you have them. Some materials and watercolours will be available.

Bookings open; 31 July online at www.community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events

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. We are also looking for some more volunteers to help 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

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