Download a map of the Botanic Gardens, showing all the wonderful hidden treasures throughout the Gardens.
Botanic Gardens map (673KB)
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 (6MB).
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.
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.
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.
Designed and planted by the Gold Coast Rose Society, the rose garden features various roses suited to the local climate.
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.
- Feeding bread and other human foods to birds can cause them serious health problems.
- For example, ducks that eat human food not only become unhealthy, but also can become too heavy to fly.
- The waste from birds that eat human food contributes to water pollution.
- Inappropriate feeding attracts excessive numbers of birds.
- Feeding human food to birds changes their natural behaviour and upsets the ecosystem.
- When birds are fed human food, they can become aggressive or more vulnerable to predators.
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