Get to Know the Gardens

The Noosa Botanic Gardens are situated on the shores of Lake Macdonald and are a short drive from the hinterland town of Cooroy. The Gardens comprise eight hectares of native and non-native plant species and are home to an abundance of wildlife.

With beautiful water views over Lake Macdonald, the Gardens are a great location for a leisurely stroll or family picnic. Drinking water, tables, toilets including a disabled toilet and shelters are provided. Bench seats scattered throughout offer a place to enjoy the peace and tranquillity. Graded pathways make access a breeze for all visitors.

Features of the gardens include:

  • an open-air bush chapel
  • a shade garden (open Monday to Friday, Friends open the shade garden between 9am & Noon on the first Sunday of each month)
  • a lily pond
  • dinosaur dig (children’s sand pit play area)
  • large lawn areas with winding paths leading to picnic areas
  • a Greek-style amphitheatre (a circular structure with rows of seats).

The gardens are also available for holding an event, wedding or other ceremonies. All reservations to hold events in the Gardens are managed and approved by Noosa Shire Council. To apply to hold an event click on the appropriate link below

There are no barbecue facilities in the Gardens, however there are two electric barbecues located in the adjoining foreshore park next to the boat ramp.


A bus and car park is located at the entry to the Gardens off Lake Macdonald Drive. Vehicles are not permitted to drive into the Gardens, however you can make special arrangements for tour groups to set-down and pick-up disabled or elderly patrons. Please give reasonable notice for these arrangements. Tour groups, wedding parties and event personnel must make prior arrangements before visiting and should note that a 22 seater bus is the largest vehicle able to drive into the gardens.


Staff love visits from dogs and their owners, however the Gardens is a dog on-leash area at all times. Dog litter bags are available so everyone can enjoy their visit.

Things of interest by month (click relevant button below):

Noosa Council’s interactive photo map of the Gardens:

Garden Map