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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

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.

Children playing in the garden

NaturallyGC Little Nature Lovers

This new program for pre-school children and their parents/carers gives little ones the chance to have fun exploring nature at the Botanic Gardens. Each session includes a walk, activity and story reading. Suitable for three to five year olds. Each child must be accompanied by a guardian.

Visit the NaturallyGC calendar of events to make a booking.

Man looking out over the Botanic Gardens using his binoculars.

Guided walks

Join a free weekly guided walk with one of our volunteer guides. Walks cover topics including bush foods, trees, butterflies, native bees and birds. Meet your guide at the Friends' Centre at 10am.

For more info visit the Friends' website, and for a list of upcoming walks view their events page.

an assortment of cupcakes

Coffee at the gardens

Coffee at the Gardens provides delicious organic coffee, teas, cake and ice cream from the Friends Centre deck, where you can relax and enjoy garden views, or check out the books, bush foods and plants for sale in the Friends Centre.

The coffee service is open Monday-Friday from 6.30am to 4pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

a sign post at the entrance to a nature trail

New interpretive trails

Want to learn something new? Explore our two new interpretive trails, developed thanks to the generosity of Rotary Gold Coast, Southern Pacific Developments and Friends of Gold Coast Botanical Gardens.

The Rare and Threatened Plants trail and an Indigenous Plant Use trail take you on a new journey around the Gardens, discovering new places and facts about your favourite plants.

children playing outdoor games in the park

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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