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Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

Why not bring the family down to our lovely botanic gardens and see all the beautiful flowers blooming this weekend?

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Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

Botanical Gardens lakeside


The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are open year round, from 5am to 7pm each day.

Botancial Gardens' flowers

It's free to visit the park, where there’s an experience for everyone - smell and touch plants and flowers at the Sensory Garden, explore our local plants in the Mangroves to Mountains walk, visit the native Butterfly Garden or smell the roses in the Rose Garden.

Kid's play at the Regional Botanic Gardens

To find out what facilities are available in the Botanic Gardens including barbecues, shelters, picnic areas and walking trails, view the map of the Botanic Gardens. While planning your visit, you can also view our image gallery.

Fun for the whole family includes a stroll along the boardwalks around the lake, a children's playground or a picnic in one of the many picnic areas.

Freshly ground organic coffee, loose leaf teas and gluten-free treats are also now available every day from the Friends Centre.

Suitable for all fitness levels with flat level tracks.

What's on at the gardens

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens runs a range of events and activities for the whole family. Check out current events on at the gardens on our events calendar, or for information on regular activities, check out our What's on at the gardens page.

Park bookings

The Gardens provides a beautiful backdrops for your wedding ceremony, your child’s birthday party or your next social gathering. Booking information can be found on the Park bookings page.

Kaialgumm Games Trail

There are some great games to explore at Gold Coast Botanic Gardens. The Kaialgumm Games Trail takes you to six sites where you can use the QR reader on your smart phone or tablet to find out more about traditional indigenous games and how to play them.

The trail has been designed to teach locals and visitors more about our aboriginal cultural heritage. Playing to learn is something children do all over the world and, here in Australia, Indigenous children traditionally used games to practice skills such as hunting, fighting and even looking after their babies. Many of these games have been handed down for generations and are still played today.

The word kaialgumm comes from the local Yugambeh language of the Gold Coast. The kaialgumm was traditionally the chief in hunting. Practice the games with your friends and find out who is the kaialgumm in your group!

For more information, check out our Kaialgumm Games Trail page or visit the Friends Centre and pick up a brochure.

Plan your park visit

All you need to know when planning your visit to the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens including opening hours and details of our facilities are available online.

Dog exercise areas

For more details and maps of the dog off leash and prohibited areas, refer to the relevant park map in Benowa on our Central suburbs - Off-leash dog exercise areas and prohibited areas page.

Dogs must be walked on a leash in all other areas.

You can also download the GC Dog parks app, which is available for Apple devices, providing information about dog parks on the Gold Coast, including the on-leash, off leash and prohibited areas.

Getting here

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens is supported by Surfside bus services to the nearby Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre.

By bus
From Broadbeach, take the 741 route to Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre, or from Southport, take the 737 route. From Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre it is just a 450 metre walk west to the Botanic Gardens entrance.

By car/taxi
Direct access to the gardens is available from 230 Ashmore Road, Benowa. There is plenty of free parking on site. The Gardens are just a 10 minute taxi ride from Surfers Paradise.

Garden attractions

The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens has a diverse plant collection. More information is available on the Garden attractions page.

Botanic Gardens Education Program

An excursion to the Gardens is an excellent opportunity for students to further their understanding of the environment, flora and fauna. Visit the Botanic Gardens Education Program page for more information. 

Friends of the Gardens

Volunteering is rewarding and fun, plus there is no greater gift than the gift of time. You’re bound to enjoy the friendship and sense of achievement that stems from this voluntary work. More information can be found on the Friends of the Gardens page.

Botanic Gardens history

Read more about the history of the Gardens on the Botanic Gardens history page.

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