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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published September 18th 2016
A Pearl on the Sunshine Coast
Noosa Botanic Gardens, Eight Hectares of native and exotic plant species, open-air bush chapel, statues, lily pond, picnic spots, amphitheatre, pelicans, drinking water, open 24 hours a day, free entry, pearl on the sunshine coast
Preening Pelicans - Image: Elaine de Wet


In very close proximity to Cooroy, a quaint little hinterland town, on the shores of Lake Macdonald, you'll find one of the Sunshine Coast's sparkling jewels - Noosa Botanic Gardens. Access at present is slightly difficult as there is a lot of road construction going on in the Cooroy area, but if you approach the Noosa Botanic Gardens on the 'old' Bruce Highway, you are sure to locate this little piece of paradise.

Noosa Botanic Gardens, Eight Hectares of native and exotic plant species, open-air bush chapel, statues, lily pond, picnic spots, amphitheatre, pelicans, drinking water, open 24 hours a day, free entry, pearl on the sunshine coasta
Amphitheatre, Perfect for a Wedding Celebration - Image: Elaine de Wet


Grandparents' Day and a stroll through these magnificent gardens, overlooking Lake Macdonald, was on our agenda for the day. Eight hectares of native and exotic plant species and an abundance of wild life, ensured that we had an extremely adventurous walk. There are paved walkways throughout, making most of the walks wheelchair accessible, with disabled toilet facilities along the way.

Noosa Botanic Gardens, Eight Hectares of native and exotic plant species, open-air bush chapel, statues, lily pond, picnic spots, amphitheatre, pelicans, drinking water, open 24 hours a day, free entry, pearl on the sunshine coasta
Stunning Views Overlooking the Lake - Image: Elaine de Wet


Noosa Botanic Gardens is truly a spectacular location overlooking Lake Macdonald with features throughout, including:

An open-air bush chapel;
Sculptures;
A lily pond;
Large grassed areas leading to picnic spots;
A Greek-style amphitheatre - perfect for a wedding venue or outdoor concerts.

Noosa Botanic Gardens, Eight Hectares of native and exotic plant species, open-air bush chapel, statues, lily pond, picnic spots, amphitheatre, pelicans, drinking water, open 24 hours a day, free entry, pearl on the sunshine coast
All your Ducks in a Row - Image: Elaine de Wet


Plenty of natural rock seating, as well as benches, are placed along the walkways, allowing one to sit back and just absorb the beauty of the paradise surrounding you. Very few people were out and about, except for a few dog-walkers and a lone kayaker, making it possible to enjoy the tranquility of the natural surrounds.

Noosa Botanic Gardens, Eight Hectares of native and exotic plant species, open-air bush chapel, statues, lily pond, picnic spots, amphitheatre, pelicans, drinking water, open 24 hours a day, free entry, pearl on the sunshine coasta
Natural Log Benches - Image: Elaine de Wet


We were fortunate to see pelicans, ducks, a kookaburra, and even two snakes (this one not so fortunate) that were lying, basking in the sun. I nearly tripped over the second one that we came across, so 'watching one's step' should be taken literally.

Noosa Botanic Gardens, Eight Hectares of native and exotic plant species, open-air bush chapel, statues, lily pond, picnic spots, amphitheatre, pelicans, drinking water, open 24 hours a day, free entry, pearl on the sunshine coasta
Watch your Step, can you spot the slithery sun basker? - Image: Elaine de Wet


The Noosa Botanic Gardens are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and our furry friends are permitted, on a leash - doggy litter bags are available. Drinking water and picnic areas are aplenty too, but even though there are no barbecue facilities in the Botanic Gardens, there are two electric barbecues in the adjoining foreshore park, next to the boat ramp.

Noosa Botanic Gardens, Eight Hectares of native and exotic plant species, open-air bush chapel, statues, lily pond, picnic spots, amphitheatre, pelicans, drinking water, open 24 hours a day, free entry, pearl on the sunshine coasta
'To Love and To Cherish' Sculpture - Image: Elaine de Wet


Entry to these stunning gardens is free, but on entry they had a sign up, stating that they had recently discovered a family of Feathertail Gliders and would be very grateful for any donations, which they would use to purchase some nesting boxes for this little family, a donation we were only too happy to assist with. There's nothing better than helping keep our flora and fauna happy and healthy, and of course, accessible to all of us.

Noosa Botanic Gardens, Eight Hectares of native and exotic plant species, open-air bush chapel, statues, lily pond, picnic spots, amphitheatre, pelicans, drinking water, open 24 hours a day, free entry, pearl on the sunshine coasta
Lake Macdonald Views - Image: Elaine de Wet


Bookmark a day and time for this pearl on the Sunshine Coast. Noosa Botanic Gardens is a tranquil haven of wildlife and flora.

Noosa Botanic Gardens, Eight Hectares of native and exotic plant species, open-air bush chapel, statues, lily pond, picnic spots, amphitheatre, pelicans, drinking water, open 24 hours a day, free entry, pearl on the sunshine coasta
Donations very much Appreciated - Image: Elaine de Wet
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Why? To experience a natural jewel on the Sunshine Coast
When: Twenty-Four hours a day, seven days a week
Where: Lake MacDonald, QLD, 4563
Cost: Free entry
Your Comment
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the littel feathertail gliders could be coaxed to stay.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6160) 883 days ago
Awesome article Elaine. Well Done! ;)
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1186) 883 days ago
What a lovely spot (except for the snake!) - your photos always make everything look so inviting! Hope you enjoyed Grandparents Day :)
by Sue W (score: 3|1094) 882 days ago
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