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Surrounded by natural beauty, the Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens are an obvious choice for your wedding or social gathering. For more information on booking a park for a social function, visit our Park bookings page.

The Botanic Garden is home to the following wonderful attractions:

Download a map of the Botanic Gardens, showing all the wonderful hidden treasures throughout the Gardens. Maps are also available from The Friends Centre, open from 10am to 2pm daily, or at the information boards in the Gardens.

To find out more information about the history, features and the role our Botanic Gardens plays in the community, read this special booklet.

Araucaria Forest and Blackbutt

Feel the cooling effect of the dense and dark canopy of Bunya and Hoop pines, and giant Kauris leading to the oldest and largest tree in the gardens.

Birds at the Botanic Gardens

There are a great range of native birds to admire at the Gardens. Domestic ducks and geese have been removed from the Gardens, but unfortunately, some people still dump their unwanted birds here. Domestic fowl are not welcome at the Botanic Gardens as they impact on water quality.

Admire the birds…but please don’t feed them.

The Butterfly Garden

The plant selection here is based around the needs of local butterfly species. Leaves are sites for eggs or are eaten by larvae, whilst flowers provide nectar for adult butterflies.

Closed Forest Gorge

Sample the huge variety of trees in South East Queensland's rainforests including red and white cedars, quondongs, rosewood, peanut trees and satinash.

Dry Rainforest

How can a rainforest be dry? Beneath a canopy of tall trees, discover an understorey of small or spiny leaf shrubs where mosses and ferns are rare.

Eucalyptus Open Woodland

The open canopy allows dappled sunshine to reach the forest floor where you'll see an ever-changing understorey of flowering shrubs and ground covers.

Freshwater Wetlands

Follow the tracks weaving through the Freshwater Wetlands where you'll find plants that have adapted to survive through drought, flood and fire.

Friends Centre

Surrounded by a new display garden, and the hub of gardens activities. It is home to our library and educational activities as well as a visitor display.

Gum Tree Corridor

The corridor has a variety of gum trees planted according to their bark type or plant community. See the differences between stringybarks and ironbarks, box trees, smooth barks and half barks.

Horticulture Display Garden

The Gold Coast climate allows a huge variety of plants to be grown successfully and the Horticulture Display Garden boasts a broad palette of plants from around the globe, along with a range of Australian native plants.

Red flowering eucalypts and brilliantly hued bottlebrushes and grevilleas attract native nectar feeding birds; gardenias and magnolias emit amazing fragrances and a number of hedges flush new growth in shades of soft pink, pale green or startling reds. There is an ever-changing parade of flowers for every season, with bedding displays changed annually. The Horticulture Display Garden is an impressive plant collection and entices visitors to wander and discover horticulture.

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.

Kids Playground

A lovely spot for the kids to play, swing and laugh, surrounded by the beautiful gardens. A great place to hold your next children's birthday party. Visit our Park bookings page for more information.

Mangroves to Mountains

The Mangroves to Mountains Walk is a key feature of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. Since the Gardens were established in July 2003, community volunteers and members of the Friends of The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens have put in more than 12,000 plants.

The Mangroves to Mountains Walk was inspired by the Master Plan, which encourages the use of endemic vegetation in garden settings. It is hoped that demonstrating the potential of plants that occur naturally in this region will foster their use in home gardens.

Ultimately, the Mangroves to Mountains Walk will stretch along much of the western boundary of the Botanic Gardens as well as the adjacent wetlands and lakefront and will showcase the full range of plant communities of the Gold Coast region. The garden is linked by a network of formal and informal pathways.

Montane Rockery

The Montane Rockery introduces plant species usually only seen by adventurous bushwalkers on exposed mountains and escarpments of South East Queensland.

Rose Garden

Designed and planted by the Gold Coast Rose Society, the rose garden features various roses suited to the local climate.

The Sensory Garden

The Sensory Garden, supported by Gold Coast Rotary (District 9640), provides a unique experience for all visitors. It is specifically designed for disabled visitors to interact with nature in a safe environment. Using a range of plants that stimulate the five senses, the gardens are raised to allow ease of access for all.

Special Trees

Commemorative Avenues of Queensland forest giants planted by the Curators of Australia's Botanic Gardens and International Friendship Force attract visitors from around the globe.

Wetland restoration project

Botanic Gardens restoration

Our Green Army team is restoring some of the Botanic Gardens lagoons. Weeds and exotic camphor laurel trees are being removed, and the lagoon edges are being planted with a selection of native sedges and rushes.

Botanic Gardens restoration

These plants act like natural water filters, helping to remove excess nutrients and sediments from the system and keep the water clean and healthy. They also provide much needed habitat for native birds, frogs and insects.

New native shade trees will soon be planted around the lagoon edge to keep the water cool for wildlife.

This Green Army project is jointly funded by the Australian government and City of Gold Coast. The project provides training and work experience to young people interested in careers in the environment, as well as on-ground environmental outcomes to help protect threatened species and ecosystems.

Come and see what's growing across the lagoon

Story of our country - garden

The Story of our Country garden, put in by our first Green Army team, tells a story, through landscape, of the journey travelled by the Yugambeh people from the hinterland to the Gold Coast. Take a walk through and watch this garden grow, from the open grassy landscape around Beaudesert, over the rainforested slopes of Tamborine Mountain and down to the coastal swamps and dunes.

The garden was designed by Kate Heffernan and inspired by a design brief from the Yugambeh Museum. The garden was opened by Minister Steven Ciobo, Mayor Tom Tate and Rory O’Connor from the Yugambeh Museum on 29 June 2015, with a traditional Yugambeh smoking ceremony.

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