One for the kids… Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne are quite magnificent so my expectations of the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens were fairly low when we visited them. I was quite happy to check them out but just wasn’t 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.

Photo stroll around the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens

What’s nice about the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens is that they feel much more like a park and some bushland than a manicured garden. It’s not that it’s all wild and overgrown, it’s just that it spacious, full of trees and bushes, with plenty of bird life and other creatures.

There’s a pond, some wide open grassy spaces, a ‘fern walk’ and lots of Australian “bush”. It’s just 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…


And if you’re lucky, you might even spot 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!


Start of the kids’ walk


Spot the spider!!


Have a barbeque, kick the footy, and just enjoy some time away from the busy beaches!

More information

The Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens are in Tanawha at the end of Palm Creek Road, and it’s probably easiest to get there by car. Ask Mr. Google how to get there, or take the Tanawha Tourist Drive turnoff (25) and follow the signs. Please know that the tourist drive is not to shout about, I’m not even sure why it is a thing.

The gardens are open all year round but check out the Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens’ website for details, including a map and ideas for self-guided walks.

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Wondering what else to do on Queensland's Sunshine Coast beyond hanging out at one of the fabulous beaches? Visit the Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens, tucked away in Tanawha. It's perfect for a relaxing stroll around and getting in touch with nature - for free! I seriously loved the Kids' Corner with sculptures of Australian animals everywhere! | 🌐 Queensland & Beyond.

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