Attractions

Botanic gardens demonstrate the usefulness of plants and their place in science and conservation, but they also showcase the beauty of plants.
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The gardens are a wonderful place for walking, playing, dreaming and discovering, alone or with family and friends… even your pet dog!

Special features

The Noosa Botanic Gardens are exceptional, and include a number of attractions that visitors can enjoy.

Rainforest: Relax and enjoy the winding pathways, dappled light, walls and bench seats to rest on. Spot the whip birds, wompoo fruit dove or maybe a cat bird.
Foreshore: Keep a look out for dragonflies and damselflies, tiny frogs, turtles and red backed wren that inhabit the foreshore. This is an ideal location to take photos of sunrises over the dam.
Ponds: Look out for the resident water rat, water dragon and turtles.

Fern house: Currently closed for repairs, due to reopen as the Noosa Botanic Shade Garden early 2020.

This structure was once used as a bird aviary on the Noosa North Shore but was donated to the Botanic Gardens in 1991 and then converted to a fern house. Maintenance and stocking of the fern house is now undertaken by members of the Noosa District Orchid and Foliage Society to showcase a range of plants such as orchids, anthuriums, bromeliad, ferns and caladiums.

Open lawns: Often used for functions, children’s parties or just lazing around. It is a popular area for romantic couples who just want to have a picnic.
The open lawns are a great place to fly a kite or kick a ball. Reports of staff finding undiscovered Easter eggs in the gardens are not uncommon.
Zen Garden: At the front entrance of the Botanic Gardens is the Zen Garden which consists of three large rocks surrounded by mounds planted with Zoysia and a stony creek bed dividing two colour tones of pebbles. This represents Mt Cooroy, Mt Cooroora and Mt Cooran along with the hills, hinterland, beach and life giving water ways.
Amphitheatre: This area is used for community events and performances and has become a popular location for outdoor weddings.
Open air bush chapel: The bush chapel is perfect for smaller ceremonies. Mass plantings of orange and red hippeastrums have been laid out near the lawn surrounding the chapel.