Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published May 13th 2020
Rainforest gardens that include children's areas
Botanical gardens may not always seem like an ideal place for families to bring their children on a day out. However, the Mount Tamborine Botanical Gardens set in the Gold Coast Hinterland's rainforest have provided facilities that make it an ideal location for children to play, explore with supervision, and picnic.
Beautifully maintained Mount Tamborine Botanical Gardens in the rainforest
A lovely feature families will come upon almost immediately when entering the Mount Tamborine Botanical Gardens is this old fashioned stone bridge that crosses a lake. When our kids were younger they loved to pretend there was a troll living under this magical bridge, a game the whole family could enjoy.
A lovely stone bridge crossing a lake at Mount Tamborine Botanical Gardens
There are many paved pathways through these gardens, and although a few do have a small number of steps, the majority are suitable for prams. There are small lakes and creeks throughout the gardens, with multiple bridges and platforms to view them from.
The many trails are well signposted
A highlight for many children is the "Sooty Owl's Creekside Trail". This includes a variety of treats for childrens' imaginations as they explore the pathways and bridges along the trail such as colourful pathway mosaics, interpretive signs, and an old fashioned water mill.
Sooty Owl's Creekside Trail is a treat for children to explore
Being set in a rainforest, Mount Tamborine Botanical Gardens has an abundance of naturally shaded areas and lawns for picnics. In addition to these, there are numerous benches dotted conveniently along the various trails, and a large picnic shelter near the entrance to the gardens. There are also public amenities available at the car park.
A large picnic shelter near the entrance to the gardens
Finally, unlike some botanical gardens, these provide opportunities for children to observe wildlife such as satin bower birds and king parrots. Although naturally shy, the wildlife in these gardens are more accustomed to people than in many other areas, and often more tolerant of young children as well.
Satin bower birds are just one of the beautiful species who frequent the gardens
Entrance to the Mount Tamborine Botanical Gardens is free, although there are donation boxes for any visitors who would like to contribute to the ongoing upkeep of the gardens by their many volunteers.
These beautifully maintained gardens are free to enter, although donations are welcomed