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Explore the 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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What's on at the gardens

NaturallyGC Little Nature Lovers

You're never too young to get into nature. Join this new program for pre-school children and their parents/carers at the Botanic Gardens. Have fun exploring nature and learn what makes our Gold Coast environment so special. Each session includes a walk, activity and story reading.

The workshops are strictly suitable for three to five year olds with each child accompanied by a guardian. Bookings are required with further details provided upon registration. Visit the NaturallyGC calendar of events for further information and dates.

Man looking out over the Botanic Gardens using his binoculars.

Guided walks through the Botanic Gardens

Discover the Gold Coast's unique natural environment and heritage with a guided walk through the Botanic Gardens. Guided walks are free and themes change monthly. For more information visit the Friends' website for a monthly programme.

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New opening hours for Coffee@thegardens

In addition to our usual coffee service at the Friends Centre, Botanic Gardens visitors can now grab an early coffee from the coffee@thegardens van, located in the Sensory Garden from 5am to 9am every morning. Then from 9am to 4pm, visitors can purchase organic coffee, teas, cake and ice cream from the Friends Centre deck, where you can sit down, relax and enjoy the view.

While you're there, check out the new displays, books, bush foods and plants for sale in the Friends Centre.

Interpretive trails - plant trail

New interpretive trails

Want to learn something new? Check out the two new interpretive trails recently installed at the Botanic Gardens, thanks to the generosity of Rotary Gold Coast, Southern Pacific Developments and Friends of Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens.

There is a Rare and Threatened Plants trail and an Indigenous Plant Use trail to follow, which will take you on a new journey around the Gardens, to discover new places and new facts about your favourite plants.

Woggabaliri - Kiaalgumm Games Trail Regional Botanic Gardens

Kaialgumm Games Trail

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. For more information visit our Kaialgumm Games Trail page.

Download a map of the Botanic Gardens.

View our regular events

Botanical art and craft

First Monday of the month from 10am at the Friends Centre.

Fit and fabulous for the over 50s

Join this fun, motivating and friendly group training session for the over 50s. Improve your posture, balance and strength with this gentle group exercise session. Great for helping to prevent falls. Meeting every Tuesday at 9am. It's just $2 per class. Contact 'Hands on' personal trainer on 0432 692 131 for more information.

Green team volunteer gardeners

Every Wednesday new volunteers are always welcome. Meet at the Friends Centre, 7am to 9am May to September, 6am to 8am October to April. For further information contact the Friends of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens.

Guided walks

Free guided tours of the Botanic Gardens available first Sunday of the month at 10am and third Wednesday of the month at 9.30am. Meet at the Sensory Gardens entrance, no booking required. For more information contact Friends of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens.

Check out the latest news and happenings from the Friends of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens by visiting their Facebook page.


Learn how to propagate and grow native plants in the Friends nursery. Every Friday from 8am to 10am. Meet at the Friends Centre.

Press and preserve

Join the Friends herbarium group to learn more about the native plants of our region. Tuesday and Saturday from 9am to midday at the Friends Centre.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is great for creating strength and health with emphasis on body alignment, relaxation and slow movement. Qualified instructors will guide you through gentle movements for relaxation. Tai Chi times are:

Tuesday: 8am to 9am
Wednesday: 8am to 9am
Friday: 8am to 9am
Friday: 10am to 11am

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