A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published July 3rd 2012
Redcliffe is famous for its coastal walks which I have enthusiastically explored. I love pounding the pavements, exercising and rejoicing in the warm, salty air. However, on a cool, windy day I decided that it may be better to head a little bit inland for my daily exercise regime.
The Redcliffe Botanic Gardens was the subject of my destination. I knew of its existence but had always chosen to look out into the blue, crystal ocean instead. This time, I was going to enjoy the other aspect of Mother Nature – shady trees, plant communities and picturesque forest.
The Redcliffe Botanic Gardens is walking distance from the Kippa-ring shopping centre. Although I can see the nearby football field and hear the cars on the road from the entrance of the gardens, I can also hear the noise from birds and flying foxes from the gardens, like the call of the wild.
Once I step further into the gardens, it does feel as if I am in a rural area, walking along the tracks and leaving the bustling, city life which is actually not too far away.
There are a few tracks within the Gardens – the Casuarina Track, Banksia Walk and Eucalyptus Track to name a few. The tracks tend to merge together so I had no idea which track I was on but I just spontaneously let the calls of the flying foxes lead me through the walking tracks. There is a colony of flying foxes at the gardens, so I had to watch where I was going. There were signs everywhere as well, cautioning the public from disturbing the flying foxes.
Entrance is free, the Botanic Gardens is to be enjoyed by the public. The Redcliffe Botanic Gardens has developed over the last 25 years, originally making its debut as a cow paddock. Its transformation into a peaceful haven is thanks to local community groups and the Council.
The maintenance of the gardens is testament to the hard work put in by volunteers. The Peninsula Herb Group is responsible for the development of the 200 square metre herb garden and can be found hard at work on Mondays. There are 500 different species of culinary, medicinal and native herbs of assorted varieties.
The Redcliffe Botanic Gardens is equipped with facilities for the disabled, drinking fountains, seating areas, car parks and shelters which make it a perfect place for a picnic. The Amphitheatre is also a popular spot for functions, weddings and groups.
After visiting the Gardens, I will be back again to enjoy the peacefulness it offers and to admire the plant varieties, especially since I only have a small garden in my backyard. Although the sea beckons, it is comforting to know that the charm of greenery is also nearby.
Don't miss out on the annual event at the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens called "What's Cooking in the Gardens" held in August. Read about it here.
To read more about the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens, click here.
We decided to take our mum who is in a wheel chair had to leave quickly the mozzies were bad enough but the amount of bat poo was to much not only was it on our shoes but the wheels of the wheel chair were covered in it will not be going back