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Maleny Botanic Gardens

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Published July 8th 2017
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"Hello…Hello" a crisp voice echoed. While searching for its source, the same voice began a unique rendition of "Old MacDonald had a Farm". I soon realised that Coco, a beautiful green parrot was the mystery entertainer and the perfect beginning to an enchanting day.


Created by Frank Shipp, Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World is truly a magical place. Located at the bottom of a steep driveway, a short drive from Landsborough and Maleny CBD, Maleny Botanic Gardens is a haven with spectacular views.

Maleny Botanic Gardens

Perched on individual branches, five gorgeous birds greeted guests at the entry pavilion. Ellie, a stunning parrot utters "scratch scratch" when she is seeking a pat, Alvin, an African Grey Parrot can bark like a dog and says "ho ho ho Merry Christmas" while Alex, a 6 year old Alexandrine parakeet asks "Whatcha doing?". Eager to interact, the birds willingly jump onto guests with the assistance of Frank Shipp. At one stage I had two birds on each arm and a parrot sitting on my head.

Maleny Botanic Gardens

Devonshire tea is a must at these gardens. For $11, a tray of delicious goodness is delivered to guests in the gazebo. Situated in a prime position with stunning views of the Glasshouse Mountains, the gazebos are the ideal setting to enjoy the two fresh wholemeal scones served with generous serves of jam and Maleny cream, with its thick butter-like consistency. Tea and coffee are also included. Gluten free options are available for an extra dollar; choose between an orange and almond slice, rich chocolate slice or muffin varieties.

Devonshire tea
Devonshire tea

While guests are welcome to come just for the Devonshire tea, plan to spend at least half a day roaming the 6km of walking tracks, past roses, azaleas, orchids, magnolias, lavender, lotus and conifers.

Maleny Botanic Gardens, orchids

Situated on 110 acres, the 14-acre gardens are always expanding. Stroll through the pristine rainforest, over the bridge to Zoysia Grass Island, through the oriental inspired garden and visit the geese at Monet Pond. This place is a photographers dream with numerous ponds, cascades, plants, tracks, sculptures and animals.

Maleny Botanic Gardens

Gazebos are dotted around the gardens providing a picnic location or the opportunity to just relax and soak up the incredible views. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic and play on the lawn. There are also plenty of shaded areas and seats scattered throughout.

Maleny Botanic Gardens

Roads are woven through the gardens so if all that walking sounds exhausting, golf buggies are available for hire.

Children will have a ball playing on the lush lawns, exploring the fairytale garden with its fairies and mushrooms and interacting with Snowy, a miniature goat, Baa Baa and Blackie, cute Dorper sheep and alpacas at the petting zoo. There are also a number of creatures spread throughout the gardens including Guinea Fowl, hens, brush turkeys, roosters, peacocks, geese, wild ducks and cormorants.

Maleny Botanic Gardens
Fairytale garden

Maleny Botanic Gardens
Fairytale Garden

For an additional price, consider taking a 30 – 40-minute tour through the 1000 m2 aviary, housing 300 plus birds. Australian cockatoos, lorikeets, exotic parrots and macaws are just some of the colourful and cheeky birds you will have the opportunity to meet. Tour times vary, beginning at either 10:30 am or 11:00am.

Maleny Botanic Gardens are opened weekends, Queensland school holidays and Queensland Public holidays. Dogs on a leash are welcome.
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Why? Great food, views and birds
When: Weekends, Queensland school holidays, Queensland public holidays
Phone: 07 5408 4110
Where: Maleny Botanic Gardens, 233 Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny Qld 4552
Cost: Garden entry $16 (adult), Devonshire tea $11
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