Botanic gardens demonstrate the usefulness of plants and their place in science and conservation, but they also showcase the beauty of plants. The gardens are a wonderful place for walking, playing, dreaming and discovering, alone or with family and friends.
The Noosa Botanic Gardens are exceptional and include a number of attractions that visitors can enjoy.
Rainforest: Winding pathways, dappled light, walls and bench seats to rest on. Spot the whip birds, wompoo fruit dove or maybe a cat bird.
Foreshore: Keep a look out for dragon and damsel flies, tiny frogs, turtles and red backed wren that inhabit the foreshore.
Ponds: Look out for the resident water rat, water dragon and turtles.
Fern house: Originally used as a bird aviary on the Noosa North Shore, it was donated to the gardens in 1991 and converted to a fern house. Maintenance and stocking of the fern house is now undertaken by members of the Noosa District Orchid and Foliage Society. Orchids, anthuriums, bromeliad and caladiums are on show throughout the year.
Open lawns: Often used for functions, children's parties or just lazing around. The open lawns are a great place to fly a kite or kick a ball. Reports of staff finding undiscovered easter eggs in the gardens are not uncommon.
Zen garden: The Zen area consists of three large rocks surrounded by mounds planted with Zoysia and a stony creek bed dividing two colour tones of pebbles. This represents Mt Cooroy, Mt Cooroora and Mt Cooran along with the hills, hinterland, beach and life giving water ways.
Amphitheatre: This area is used for community events and performances and has become a popular location for outdoor weddings.
Open air bush chapel: The bush chapel is perfect for smaller ceremonies. Mass plantings of orange and red hippeastrums have been laid out near the lawn surrounding the chapel.