One for the kids… Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne are quite magnificent so I must say that my expectations of the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens were fairly low when we visited them back in February: happy to check them out but not expecting a lot.

I’m not sure how many Sunshine Coast residents have actually ever been to the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens given how tucked away they are (you feel like you’re going in circles as you drive there) but I was pleasantly surprised when we eventually got there.

There’s a pond, some wide open grassy spaces, a ‘fern walk’ and lots of “bush”, sort of not your typical botanical garden but nicely landscaped full of Australian and New Zealand flora. The best part is really the kids’ walk, which is quite fun, especially for the big kids!, and has lots of metal animal sculptures to be spotted.

Here are some photos from our meander around the gardens…

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And if you’re lucky… you’ll encounter a goanna!

What’s really nice about the Botanic Gardens is that they’re free and you can spend some time away from the crowds on the beach. The kids will love the kids’ walk and spotting all the arty creatures!

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Start of the kids’ walk

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Spot the spider!!

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Enjoy some time away from the beach!

Getting close to kangas at Australia Zoo
Tasting ginger at the Buderim Ginger Factory
Winter is glorious… Exploring Noosa NP
Scenic drive through the Glass House Mountains
Scenes from the river city Brisbane
German cuckoo clocks on the Sunshine Coast

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