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Pictorial Guide to the Hide 'n' Seek Trail @ Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

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by Celeste Jacobs (subscribe)
Wife. Mother. Daughter. Sister. Aunty. Traveller. Dreamer. Idealist.
Published July 4th 2012
A trip to Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens is sure to enchant young and old alike. For visitors with young children the highlight is definitely the "Hide 'n' Seek Trail" which starts at the Japanese Gardens.

The trail is a delightful walk through a marked area of the gardens with numbered sculptures and whimsical creations dispersed throughout. Pick up a trail brochure and join in the fun as you find the hidden treasures and at the same time learn interesting facts about the forest and the creatures and plants that inhabit it.

The artwork is thoughtful, interactive and aesthetically pleasing, blending into the surrounds making some treasures that much trickier to find, especially for naive little eyes. The information boards are equally impressive, presenting relevant information in easily digestible formats for young readers. My son particularly enjoyed the poetry boards but whatever your child's preference they are sure to fire the imagination of curious, enquiring minds.

Expect squeals of delight and excitement as the trail unfolds. This was truly a magical part of our day and I've included a pictorial guide to the trail below. Hopefully you will be encouraged to visit. Be warned though, this is not for little eyes. We don't want to spoil the surprises for them, do we?

Sign marking the start of the trail -
Sign marking the start of the trail - "Who are we waiting for in our scented forest?


Where would be without bees?
This is the first clue on the trail and very easy spot. Perhaps that was intentional and a subtle way to invite participation and build confidence having found the first one so easily. It's situated on a seat-like log and presents a lovely photo opportunity.

Australian stingless bee
Australian stingless bee


Australian stingless bee
Australian stingless bee


Crikey!
Little eyes have to be on full alert to spot this ancient creature, blending cleverly into its surrounds.



Bamboo Bear
Nestled in amongst the gorgeous bamboo is a momma bear and her baby munching on their favourite food. The sun shining through the bamboo onto these metal characters makes this an enchanting sight to behold.

Momma bear and her baby
Momma bear and her baby


Bamboo bear
Bamboo bear


Beautifully worded signboard dispensing some good advice!
Beautifully worded signboard dispensing some good advice!


A few people either can't read or don't care.
A few people either can't read or don't care.


Monkey-no-climb
Tactile little monkeys will love this sign board with its bumps and barnacles begging to be touched.

Why so spiky
Why so spiky?


The trail brochure informs us that the Floss-silk tree is Native to Brazil and Argentina and that its pods are filled with fluffy white fibre which was once used to stuff pillows.

The spikes act as sentinels, guarding and protecting the Floss-silk tree from forest creatures eating its bark, leaves and flowers
The spikes act as sentinels, guarding and protecting the Floss-silk tree from forest creatures eating its bark, leaves and flowers.


Play me a tune
Look up into the trees for a nocturnal creature playing the fiddle!

"Where's the party? Who else could be up there?"


Spot the dragons
This part of the trail takes the treasure hunter over Dragon Bridge where the bounty on offer is giant dragonflies and water dragons.

How many dragons are there?
How many dragons are there?


Giant dragonflies hovering above the water
Giant dragonflies hovering above the water


Battle stations
The trail then takes a menacing turn (not really) as we're presented with two scary forest insects - the Munching Machines. They are large stone sculptures and can't be missed. Brave hunters can even hop on them for a ride.

Munching machines
Munching machines


Find some feathered friends
Clue 9 takes us to the bandstand in search of birds that have flown out of the forest and nested in the bandstand mosaic. Back on the path, keen eyes might be able to spot these hungry little birds a nest.

Hungry birds in a nest
Hungry birds in a nest


King Fern
No one is able to resist making music on this lovely fern. Rubber mallets are provided and the resulting sound is beautifully melodic and fits in perfectly with the forest ambience.

Make music in the forest
Make music in the forest




Frogs Forever
This little guy is perched on a tree stump in full view and a favourite with everyone.

Frogs alive!
Frogs alive!


"Autumn cloudburst, soft slap of tree frogs in free fall


Sleepy Leaf Eaters
Sitting on a bench overlooking a bubbling brook is this lovely sculpture of a koala and her baby.

Koala and her baby
Koala and her baby


Logs alive!
Children will have to get on their hands and knees and peer into a tree log on the ground to find this sneaky little critter.

"You great human galoot, I'm a bandicoot!"


Sneaky bandicoot
Sneaky bandicoot


Slippery ssSSS sssSSS sssSSSS
Climbing up a wooden pole, this mosaic beauty is easy to spot and signals the end of the Hide 'n' Seek Trail.



Other interesting artwork on the trail

Funky Fungi
The great forest recyclers.



Forest Bling



Cockatoo with boots

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