The first week in September is recognised as the beginning of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia wide, Spring is celebrated with the blooming of wattles (Acacia) and with more than nine hundred species, is recognised as the largest single group of plants - from forest trees to small shrubs - and, despite the beauty of their flowers, is often overlooked in local landscapes.
More than 900 hundred species of wattles in Australia
'Now you see me, now you don't!' On National Threatened Species Day 2021, walkers are invited to join this guided walk to view and learn about species that are not well known, are too seldom grown and therefore need their stories to be told.
Many rare and threatened plant species are protected at the Botanic Gardens
Forest bathing is the latest trend for boosting health and well-being of those who live their lives in stressful cities and crowded suburbs, where they rarely have an opportunity to glimpse the natural world.
The Sunshine Coast lifestyle provides plenty of opportunity to be out and about in nature, but are we always aware of how interconnected we are to the non-human world?
Sara Aiken will lead walkers on a wander through the Gardens. Utilising gentle invitations, Sara will help walkers to experience nature in a refreshing and rejuvenating way.
This event is ideal for walkers aged 16 and older.
Please Note: Forest bathing does not involve getting wet, it's not that sort of bathing.
'How to catch a duck' and other things is promising a fun outing for the whole family during the school holidays. Hear about the 'hunter gathering' food techniques of early Australians and how ducks, fish and yabbies were caught. Explore the local bushland in search of honey, possums and koalas - living in the Australian bush requires great skills!
Living in the Australian bush requires great skills ...
Take a leisurely walk with one of the Botanical Gardens knowledgeable guides, who will focus on the types of plants that existed millions of years ago, during the age of the dinosaurs and before flowering plants even existed.
Choose your walks, dust off the cobwebs (and in tropical Queensland, the mildew) on your walking shoes and fill your water bottle - nothing quite beats the feeling of being out in nature during cool Spring mornings.
Meet at the entrance to the Arts & Ecology Centre for all walks - Image: author