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Whipbird Walk and Whipbird Village at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens

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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 January 24th 2020
Play, explore and create magical make-believe worlds
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A world of fantasy and adventure awaits!


Have you ever ventured down to the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens in Tanawha on the Sunshine Coast? This magnificent eighty-two hectare garden showcases plants native to the Sunshine Coast region and has a magic and ambience that affects all who visit. The gardens boast a medley of eucalypt open forest and creek-side rainforest, with lagoons embracing you with their tranquillity and rocky and palm-filled gullies, all adding to the adventurous allure for children.

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Tranquil lagoons


Families are encouraged to take a journey of discovery along the seven hundred metre Whipbird Walk to the Whipbird Village to discover a wealth of hidden secrets. Children will be delighted with their finds of giant turtles and giant platypus, discovering that this walk is home to many creatures, not only from this realm but catering to the wildest of children's fantasies.

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A magnificent Whipbird


The Whipbird Walk is a natural rough, easy walking track, which shouldn't take walkers more than thirty minutes to complete. This flat to moderate incline walk is suitable for walkers keen to see a variety of native bush in a small area with excellent supporting facilities and information. I would think that it would also be easy to access with wheelchairs.

Whipbird Walk, Whipbird Village at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha, Sunshine Coast, 82 hectare garden, magical, open forest, creek-side rainforest, lagoons, families, journey of discovery, hidden secrets, giant turtles, giant platypus, home to many creatures, fantasies, easy walking track, flat to moderate walk, explore, carved tree trunks, morning tea, lunch picnic, magical make-believe worlds, Children's Library, treasures, colourful inspirational rocks, eight totally different walks, bush walks, creek walks, sculpture garden walk, fern glade walk, lagoon walk, free guided walks between February to November, Tuesday mornings, Summertime Playscape, bookmark a date
Hidden wildlife


Children absolutely love exploring the natural world in search of hidden wildlife and artworks in the Whipbird Village, located just across from the lagoon walk. Novel and exciting additions are constantly being created and installed to the Whipbird Village, making it 'new' and fun on every visit. Make sure the family visit regularly to see how the village pods will be woven from living plants or perhaps try your balancing skills on the carved tree trunks or just sit back and enjoy a tranquil morning tea or picnic lunch in Mother Nature's embrace.

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Whipbird nest and eggs


On a recent visit to the Whipbird Village, I just loved watching the children play and explore, creating their very own magical make-believe worlds. Look out for the small Children's Library with fact and fiction books featuring indigenous plants and animals - a perfect spot to relax, read or share a story!

Whipbird Walk, Whipbird Village at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha, Sunshine Coast, 82 hectare garden, magical, open forest, creek-side rainforest, lagoons, families, journey of discovery, hidden secrets, giant turtles, giant platypus, home to many creatures, fantasies, easy walking track, flat to moderate walk, explore, carved tree trunks, morning tea, lunch picnic, magical make-believe worlds, Children's Library, treasures, colourful inspirational rocks, eight totally different walks, bush walks, creek walks, sculpture garden walk, fern glade walk, lagoon walk, free guided walks between February to November, Tuesday mornings, Summertime Playscape, bookmark a date
The perfect spot to relax, read or share a story


Scattered throughout the Whipbird area are many natural and artistic treasures - explorers will need to look up, look down, look all around and peek under logs to discover more hidden gems. It's also a good idea to look out for some fabulous hand-painted very colourful stones. I have it on good authority, from a passing birdie, that artists are happily leaving their exquisite inspirational rocks in fun places, to be found.

Whipbird Walk, Whipbird Village at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha, Sunshine Coast, 82 hectare garden, magical, open forest, creek-side rainforest, lagoons, families, journey of discovery, hidden secrets, giant turtles, giant platypus, home to many creatures, fantasies, easy walking track, flat to moderate walk, explore, carved tree trunks, morning tea, lunch picnic, magical make-believe worlds, Children's Library, treasures, colourful inspirational rocks, eight totally different walks, bush walks, creek walks, sculpture garden walk, fern glade walk, lagoon walk, free guided walks between February to November, Tuesday mornings, Summertime Playscape, bookmark a date
Children creating their own magical make-believe worlds


In addition to the Whipbird Walk, the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens boasts another seven totally different walks through nature. Nature lovers can choose between bush walks; creek walks; a stunning sculpture garden walk; a fern glade walk and even a lagoon walk. Please click the highlighted Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens link here for details on each one of these walks.

Whipbird Walk, Whipbird Village at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha, Sunshine Coast, 82 hectare garden, magical, open forest, creek-side rainforest, lagoons, families, journey of discovery, hidden secrets, giant turtles, giant platypus, home to many creatures, fantasies, easy walking track, flat to moderate walk, explore, carved tree trunks, morning tea, lunch picnic, magical make-believe worlds, Children's Library, treasures, colourful inspirational rocks, eight totally different walks, bush walks, creek walks, sculpture garden walk, fern glade walk, lagoon walk, free guided walks between February to November, Tuesday mornings, Summertime Playscape, bookmark a date
'Care for Nature Corridor', a recent workshop from the Summertime Playscape holiday program


Free guided walks are available between February to November on Tuesday mornings at 9.00am (excluding public holidays). Walkers are to meet up at the starting point at the Arts and Ecology Centre at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens.

Whipbird Walk, Whipbird Village at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha, Sunshine Coast, 82 hectare garden, magical, open forest, creek-side rainforest, lagoons, families, journey of discovery, hidden secrets, giant turtles, giant platypus, home to many creatures, fantasies, easy walking track, flat to moderate walk, explore, carved tree trunks, morning tea, lunch picnic, magical make-believe worlds, Children's Library, treasures, colourful inspirational rocks, eight totally different walks, bush walks, creek walks, sculpture garden walk, fern glade walk, lagoon walk, free guided walks between February to November, Tuesday mornings, Summertime Playscape, bookmark a date
Can you see the platypus playing in the lagoon?


Recently the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens hosted the summer holiday program aptly called Summertime Playscape, for children and their families. Summertime Playscape offered a variety of interactive installations for every member of the family to enjoy. In case you missed out on this one, bookmark Sunshine Coast Council events link here, ensuring you'll be the first in line with future school holiday entertainment.

Whipbird Walk, Whipbird Village at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha, Sunshine Coast, 82 hectare garden, magical, open forest, creek-side rainforest, lagoons, families, journey of discovery, hidden secrets, giant turtles, giant platypus, home to many creatures, fantasies, easy walking track, flat to moderate walk, explore, carved tree trunks, morning tea, lunch picnic, magical make-believe worlds, Children's Library, treasures, colourful inspirational rocks, eight totally different walks, bush walks, creek walks, sculpture garden walk, fern glade walk, lagoon walk, free guided walks between February to November, Tuesday mornings, Summertime Playscape, bookmark a date
Magical games can be played with stepping stones


How to get to Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens

Travelling on the Bruce Highway (M1) take the exit onto the Sunshine Motorway. Take the Tanawha Tourist exit off of the Sunshine Motorway. Turn onto Main Creek Road and take the turn onto Radbourne and then Palm Creek Road. The gardens are a left turn off of Palm Creek Rd on the same turn as the Golf Club. The directions to the Botanic Gardens can be difficult to follow, so the simplest way is to follow the Golf Club signage, as both properties are neighbours!

Whipbird Walk, Whipbird Village at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha, Sunshine Coast, 82 hectare garden, magical, open forest, creek-side rainforest, lagoons, families, journey of discovery, hidden secrets, giant turtles, giant platypus, home to many creatures, fantasies, easy walking track, flat to moderate walk, explore, carved tree trunks, morning tea, lunch picnic, magical make-believe worlds, Children's Library, treasures, colourful inspirational rocks, eight totally different walks, bush walks, creek walks, sculpture garden walk, fern glade walk, lagoon walk, free guided walks between February to November, Tuesday mornings, Summertime Playscape, bookmark a date
Inspirational tiny Cob Village homes, created by children during Summertime Playscape!


Bookmark a date to walk the Whipbird Walk at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens and get ready to create your very own magical make-believe world!

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Why? To explore, play and create magical make-believe worlds
When: April - October: 7.00am to 5.00pm | November - March: 7.00am to 6.00pm
Phone: (07) 5475-7272
Where: 51 Palm Creek Rd, Tanawha QLD 4554
Cost: FREE entry
Your Comment
Great article Elaine. It looks peaceful. Love the artwork too.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|2107) 26 days ago
Outdoors is best! Fantastic place to give ones children that outdoors feeling and have such fun!
by Barry (score: 3|1496) 26 days ago
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