Walks and Events
  • Last updated:
  • 17 Sep 2017
Botanic gardens show both the beauty and usefulness of plants. They are havens where our botanical heritage can be grown, nurtured, researched, propagated and protected. They are also places of science, art and conservation, walking, playing, dreaming and discovering.


The Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden hosts holiday programs at the Arts and Ecology Centre located within the garden. The programs include a variety of activities to keep adults and children entertained and informed over the holiday period. Art exhibitions, educational workshops and events are also held in the garden and centre throughout the year. Check out the What's On calendar.

The Thin Green Line

An exhibition by environmental artist Jono Bateman that reconnects human endeavour to our fragile eco-systems. View the exhibition between 15 September and 23 September from 9am to 5 pm daily. All are welcome to attend the official opening on Sunday 17 September between 3pm and 5pm. 

 The Voice of Nature

Exhibiting artist Jono Bateman offers this unique environmental art workshop for adults. Join Jono on Saturday 16 September from 10am to 2pm for a walk and talk in the bush exploring nature at work. Then back in the studio, reflect on the mornings discoveries to paint your own stories. Visit the What's On page to book your spot. 

Whipbird Walk Opening, Family Fun Day

On Saturday 16 September from 10am to 2pm come and celebrate the highly anticipated opening of the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens Whipbird Walk. This natural playground set in the forest has been designed especially for children, with exquisite site specific artworks, forest cubbies and sensory walks. Enjoy free nature-play workshops and meet the artists at this family fun day for everyone. 

School Holiday Program

Workshops will be held throughout the holidays at both the newly opened Rainforest Discovery Centre, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and also at the Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens.

Discover the Life of Birds

Spread your wings and prepare to take flight this Spring holidays as we 'Discover the Life of Birds'. This holiday program for children and young people offers a fun mix of workshops inspired by the Sunshine Coast's beautiful birds. Between 18 September to 29 September, creative and cultural facilitators invite you to flock together and weave a nest, become a cockatoo, mould, mosaic, sketch and paint bird inspired artworks, create a bird song soundscape or meet a real owl! Join us as we 'Discover the life of Birds'! 

Spaces are limited and registration is essential! Go to Council's What's On page for more details and to book your spot. Look out for the printed program at your nearest Sunshine Coast Council library, gallery or Customer Service Centre. We look forward to seeing you these school holidays!


Meet the Friends volunteer guides at the Arts and Ecology Centre for a guided walk of the garden.

The Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden includes a variety of attractions along the walks that can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Refer map[457KB]

Rain garden

Your walk will take you through lush rain gardens with specially constructed gardens that help keep water on site. The water is absorbed into the sub soil, and the flow is slowed and cleansed  before it reaches waterways. View the Rain gardens fact sheet[311KB] for more information about these special gardens.

Whipbird Village

Families can take a journey of discovery exploring nature and searching for the hidden wildlife and artworks in the village located across the lagoon walk. New and exciting additions to the village will be created and installed over the next twelve months. Make sure you visit regularly to see how the village pods will be woven from living plants, try balancing on the carved tree trunks or just sit on the timber platforms to enjoy a tranquil morning tea or lunch in the forest.

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