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Butterfly Hill and Eco Nursery

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published March 17th 2017
A family outing that is educational, fun and affordable
Butterfly Hill, Nambour, eco-tourism experience, diversity and life cycle of Australian butterflies and associated host plants, educational walk, Titan Stick Insect, Spiny Leaf Insect, perfect pet, activity for children, school holidays, gift shop, fun, affordable
Welcome to Butterfly Hill - Image: Elaine de Wet


What a stunning little place of paradise! Butterfly Hill is a privately-owned butterfly sanctuary on Petrie Creek Road in Nambour. Walk amongst the butterflies, with classical music providing a tranquil ambience to the whole experience. Butterflies flit here and there, sometimes alighting on one's clothing - a unique natural interaction with these extraordinary gifts of nature.

Butterfly Hill, Nambour, eco-tourism experience, diversity and life cycle of Australian butterflies and associated host plants, educational walk, Titan Stick Insect, Spiny Leaf Insect, perfect pet, activity for children, school holidays, gift shop, fun, affordable
Tranquil surrounds - Image: Elaine de Wet


Butterfly Hill's Mission Statement

To provide a unique, high quality eco-tourism experience, showcasing the diversity, life cycle and astounding beauty of Australian butterflies and their associated host plants. By way of informative display and demonstration, raise public awareness of both the need to, and methods of, conserving butterflies.

The Mission Statement truly says it all.

Butterfly Hill, Nambour, eco-tourism experience, diversity and life cycle of Australian butterflies and associated host plants, educational walk, Titan Stick Insect, Spiny Leaf Insect, perfect pet, activity for children, school holidays, gift shop, fun, affordable
Stick insects make great pets - Images: Elaine de Wet


The educational walk through Butterfly House and Eco Nursery is enhanced by Teena, the owner, who delightfully shares her passion for butterflies and stick insects, utilising easy to understand language. A bonus is learning about the Titan Stick Insects and the Spiny Leaf insects. I might mention here that these peculiar little insects apparently make the perfect pet - they don't need to be walked, they don't bark and they only need to be fed once a week.

Butterfly Hill, Nambour, eco-tourism experience, diversity and life cycle of Australian butterflies and associated host plants, educational walk, Titan Stick Insect, Spiny Leaf Insect, perfect pet, activity for children, school holidays, gift shop, fun, affordable
Butterflies drinking nectar - Image: Elaine de Wet


Butterfly Hill is the ideal activity for children, who will love the various cycles of the butterfly life, starting from a teeny, weeny egg on a leaf, which then hatches into a larva - my favourite part, not the caterpillar. The caterpillar moults (losing its old skin) numerous times as it grows - all these stages will be shown to you by Teena. It then turns into a pupa (chrysalis), which is its resting stage. The chrysalis is usually brown or green to match the foliage around it, trees, leaves or branches. This resting stage is also the changing stage when the caterpillar starts its metamorphosis, turning it into a butterfly. It changes really quickly and the chrysalis opens to reveal a stunning butterfly.

Butterfly Hill, Nambour, eco-tourism experience, diversity and life cycle of Australian butterflies and associated host plants, educational walk, Titan Stick Insect, Spiny Leaf Insect, perfect pet, activity for children, school holidays, gift shop, fun, affordable
Butterflies and caterpillars - Images: Elaine de Wet


With school holidays just around the corner, this is a fantastic outing for the whole family. The children will get to interact with the butterflies and stick insects and learn a heap load too.

Butterfly Hill, Nambour, eco-tourism experience, diversity and life cycle of Australian butterflies and associated host plants, educational walk, Titan Stick Insect, Spiny Leaf Insect, perfect pet, activity for children, school holidays, gift shop, fun, affordable
Gift Shop - Images: Elaine de Wet


Butterfly Hill has its own very pretty little gift shop, with an assortment of butterfly artwork, childrens' clothing and even jewellery made from genuine butterfly wings. Take time out, browse and take something butterfly-ish home or perhaps buy a host plant to encourage butterflies into your garden. Everybody loves butterflies!

Opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Adult Entry is only $6 and children only $3.

Butterfly Hill, Nambour, eco-tourism experience, diversity and life cycle of Australian butterflies and associated host plants, educational walk, Titan Stick Insect, Spiny Leaf Insect, perfect pet, activity for children, school holidays, gift shop, fun, affordable
A very affordable excursion - Image: Elaine de Wet


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When: Wednesday to Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm
Phone: 0402 690 447
Where: 28 Petrie Creek Road Nambour, QLD 4560
Cost: Adults $6 and Children $3
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Fascinating experience. Some of the catipilars are so small!
by Barry (score: 2|438) 185 days ago
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