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Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

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Published March 19th 2019
A green oasis in the centre of beaches & heart of the city


The Gold Coast is famous and well-known for its spectacular beaches, great surfs and theme parks, however, the Goldie is home to much more attractions including the beautiful Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens which is located within a 10-minute drive from central Surfers Paradise.

The entrance to the beautiful Gardens...


This relatively unknown- and hidden public space in the middle of suburbia is one of the Gold Coast's best spots to enjoy a wonderful day out being amongst the great outdoors and surrounded with nature. Located along a major road with a gated entrance, it can be quite easy to miss if you are not actively searching for it.

There are plenty of paved paths leading to stunning exhibits & displays...


These Botanic Gardens might not be on a grand scale or overly flashy like other city botanic gardens, however, there is no shortage of tranquillity, beauty, abundance of greenery and room for picnics or to kick a ball around.



Surrounded by 31 hectares of natural beauty of parkland and lakes, the Botanic Gardens offer amazing attractions as well as the perfect family-friendly or romantic outing with a tranquil setting.



The gardens are divided with the south-west boundary of the gardens extending to the Nerang River, the Royal Pines Resort Golf Course running all along the northern boundary and Benowa Waters residential area is located to the south.



The gardens feature a dog park, lake, boardwalks, and raised garden beds and children play areas. There is also a large variety of plants including raised vegetable, fruit and herb gardens. Which contain a variety of vegetables such as tomatoes and chillis, making this exhibit perfect for kids and adults to learn and see how easy it is to grow these vegetables.



There is something for everyone to experience and enjoy from exploring the native ecosystems along the Mangroves to Mountains Trail which follows the historic journeys of the Yugambeh people in the Story of their Country garden, smell the roses in the Rose Garden or a visit to the Butterfly Garden will certainly impress all as you learn which plants attract butterflies to your backyard.



For the foodie lovers, the Aboriginal Plant Trail takes you on a culinary journey of discovering new tastes in the bush foods garden. Boardwalks and birdwatching around the lake can also be enjoyed.

Check out those beautiful lush colours...


Little ones will have plenty of fun at the playground. Take a seat and relax as you enjoy the natural surroundings with delicious organic coffees, ice creams and snacks at the Friends Centre, or enjoy a picnic or barbecue in one of the many picnic areas.



The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens also offers free guided walks and regular school holiday activities including games to discover along the Kaialgumm Aboriginal Games Trail.

Keep an eye for the eels that call the Lake home!


There are many hidden treasures to discover from walking trails to garden flora and fauna exhibits.

The Garden Attractions include:

Araucaia Forest and Blackbutt
The Butterfly Garden
Dry Rainforest
Mangroves to Mountains Walk
Freshwater Wetlands
Cloud Forest Gorge
Birdwatching opportunities
Montane Rockery
Kaialgumm Games Trail
Gum Tree Corridor
The Sensory Garden
Horticultural Display Gardens
Rose Garden
Special Trees



Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens has it all from flowing lawns to easy boardwalks to long walks and open spaces, so be sure to add this outdoor and nature attraction to your weekend itinerary!

Checking out the sculptures around the Gardens...


Facilities include toilets, a cafe, BBQ shelters, playground and plenty of parking.

The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are open all year round from 5am-7pm and are free to visit.

Do keep an eye out for the water birds that call these Gardens home...


Getting Here:

By Car/Taxi:

Direct access to the Gardens is available from 230 Ashmore Rd, Benowa. There is plenty of parking and it is a 10 minute drive from Surfers Paradise.

By Bus:
From Broadbeach, take the 741 route to Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre, or from Southport, take 737 route.

From Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre it is a 450 metre walk west to the Botanic Gardens entrance.

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Why? Something different to do in the Goldie
When: All year round
Where: 230 Ashmore Road, Benowa
Cost: Free
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