The Noosa Botanic Gardens are a short drive from the hinterland town of Cooroy, on the shores of Lake Macdonald.
The gardens comprise eight hectares of native and exotic plant species. The gardens are home to an abundance of wildlife. Other features of the gardens include:
- an open-air bush chapel
- a fern house
- a lily pond
- large lawn areas with winding paths leading to picnic areas
- a Greek style amphitheatre (a circular structure with rows of seats)
- children’s play facilities
- permaculture and composting area
- drinking water
The site was originally farmland. Council resumed the site in the late 1950s. Part of the site was used to create the Lake Macdonald water supply.
The site was used to dump rubbish until local resident Ida Duncan approached council for permission to clear the site. With the help of other locals, Ida Duncan cleared the area of weeds and car bodies.
Funding from a government community employment program was used to start construction of the botanic gardens in 1987.
When the program ended, council appointed two full time staff to continue construction and maintenance of the gardens. Former Noosa Shire Parks Curator, Bob Bickley designed the layout of the gardens. Council has funded the gardens since 1988.
The Noosa Botanic Gardens officially opened to the public in August 1990.
Council has recently begun consultation with the community to develop a Botanic Gardens Masterplan. See Your Say Noosa for survey results and the latest news.
The Friends of the Noosa Botanic Gardens group meet regularly for a social get together or at the Cooroy Library. The garden maintenance volunteers can be found in the gardens every Thursday. There are many ways of volunteering at the gardens as tour guides, fund raising events, education programs and general support activities.Contact the Friends group for more details.
Lake Macdonald Dam upgrade 2019-2021
The dam at Lake Macdonald (Six Mile Creek Dam), adjacent Noosa Botanic Gardens, was originally built in 1965 and will soon undergo an extensive upgrade. Works are set to commence in mid- 2019, subject to approvals, and will continue for a two year period.
This is a Seqwater project. See Seqwater's latest Lake McDonald Dam information sheet.[2MB]
For more information, to register interest or have your say on the dam rebuild, visit yoursayseqwater