I am aware that the spectacular privately owned Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World have been written about ad infinitum and I can well understand creatives itching to put pen to paper to extol the virtues of this idyllic jewel in the crown of the Sunshine Coast. But … Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World deserves every accolade and every 'new' mention for every 'new' visit, as enhancements to this splendid tourist destination are ongoing, presenting visitors with novel and exciting nooks and crannies, to be discovered and explored.
Maleny Botanic Gardens boasts nearly eighteen acres of spectacularly landscaped gardens, set on a one hundred and ten-acre property. Layered and terraced gardens overlook a magnificent backdrop of the iconic Glass House Mountains, with stunning waterfalls and lakes adding to the majestic nature of this unique attraction, located high on the escarpment.
Take a stroll along more than six kilometres of walking paths that meander through lush gardens prolifically planted with thousands of varied plants, including roses, azaleas, annuals and orchids. Some of the rarest cycads in the world call these stunning gardens home. A kaleidoscope of photo opportunities are constantly presenting themselves for that never-ending collection of breathtaking memories.
It was a sweltering hot day on the day of our visit to Maleny Botanic Gardens and we were absolutely delighted to discover that they have now introduced self-drive electric golf carts. These very dinky modes of transport provide the ideal shelter, come rain or shine. Buggy hire is the perfect solution for those amongst us who may find constant walking a challenge and of course, kids absolutely love the idea of zipping around the gardens.
Maleny Botanic Gardens' Bird World houses more than seven hundred native and exotic birds from all around the globe in their four walk-through aviaries. An absolutely unforgettable experience is to participate in a walk-through interactive guided tour and get up close and personal with these gloriously plumed birds.
A Golden Pheasant and what I like to call a local 'candy floss'...
Experienced bird keepers introduce guests to a wide variety of birds, during an approximate hour's tour, providing insightful and humorous tidbits into each bird's personality and what makes them so unique!
It is recommended that visitors to Bird World remove all jewellery, glittery items and hats with buttons before the tour as the birds can magically remove these items in the blink of an eye. For visitors who prefer to enjoy the birds from a distance, a feather duster is provided.
Plan to have a picnic at one of the numerous picnic spots or in one of the many picturesque gazebos to be found throughout the lush green gardens. Buy something yummy from the Maleny Botanic Gardens' newly refurbished cafe, with its tempting variety of hot and cold beverages, selection of freshly-made sandwiches, pastries and snacks.
Browse the gorgeous gift shop for some fabulous keepsakes to take home.
Gardens and Aviary Tickets Please follow the link here for additional ticket information and to book online
- Garden Entry Only - from $16.00
- Gardens and Aviary - from $35.00
- Groups - Gardens Only - from $12.00
- Groups - Gardens and Aviary - from $26.25
- Gift Cards - from $11.00 - what an absolutely awesome idea - why not give a Gift Card E-Voucher in celebration of a special occasion?
- Annual Pass - from $45.00
- Please note the above ticket prices are per adult, discounts apply for seniors, students and concession holders.
Access to the Cafe, retail and aviaries are all wheelchair-friendly with disability accessible toilets and parking on site too. Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World is doggy friendly too, but pooches need to be on a lead at all times with owners to clean up and remove any doggy-do's that may occur. Please note that dogs are not permitted within the bird aviary enclosure or near the Cafe's bird area. Please follow this link for a FREE Gardens map to help with planning your day out.
Whether you are a keen gardener, an outdoor nature lover or simply appreciate the idea of being immersed in the peace and serenity of stunning gardens and gently rolling landscapes, a visit to Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World is your perfect family day out!
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