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Learn about one of Australia's natural iconic landscape symbols, the magnificent gum tree at GumFest 2023 on Saturday 25 March 2023 at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
GumFest is a FREE community event and coincides with National Eucalypt Day which aims to raise awareness of eucalypts and celebrate the important place that they hold in the hearts and lives of Australians.
Did you know there are over 900 species of gum trees? While these leafy giants are well known for being the home to everyone's favourite soft, cuddly koalas, the leaves are also used to produce eucalyptus oil from their sap. They even starred in John Williamson's song to Australia titled "Give Me A Home Among The Gum Trees."
Learn about all of this and more. GumFest will feature talks, guided walks, workshops and activities for both kids and adults - try some gum leaf and nut art and craft; taste-test gum leaf tea (and other bush brews) and species-specific eucalypt honey; follow our gum tree story trail; learn which gums are best for your backyard; and enjoy the sounds of the Salty Sirens.
Make sure you set aside time for insightful and educational Gum Fest Talks including:
10:00am - 10:30am: The Powerful Owl project with Andrew Dinwoodie
10:45 - 11:15 Koalas and Eucalypts
11:30am - 12:15pm: Flying foxes - Nature's pollinators with Sue Morris
12:00 - 3:00 Nature Journaling with Paula
12:30pm - 1:00pm: Cultivating Gums in your Brisbane garden with Rob Wilson
1:15pm - 1:45pm: Dyeing with Eucalypts with Nat Billing
2:00pm - 2:45pm: Eucalypts: from seed to seed with Peta Deacon
Reserve your spot here
. Walk-ins are also welcome.
GumFest will be held at Australian Plant Communities in Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Planetarium, at Mount Cootha, Mount Cootha Road Toowong. Toowong is located in the western suburbs and is 15 minutes from the Central Business District and the gardens are set over 56-hectares. Free parking is also available in the gardens which are also accessible but bus.