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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
Donations very much Appreciated - Image: Elaine de Wet