About

The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens showcases the flora of the Central Queensland Coast Bioregion, a diverse area featuring lush tropical rainforests, wide sweeping beaches, mangrove lined waterways and open eucalypt forests.

Many of the unique natural features of the region are interpreted in specific areas / precincts of the Gardens, such as the Finch Hatton Gorge Waterway, Regional Forest Garden and Eulamere Wetlands.

The diverse cultural heritage and makeup of Mackay is also celebrated in specialised gardens, displaying the plants of the South Sea Islands, Aboriginal culture and bush tucker and Torres Strait Islands.

Our links with Malta and Japan are also represented. Children are not forgotten with a  "Under the Banyan" PlayGarden included, a healthy 900 metre walk from the Visitors Centre.

Flora, Fauna and Food are major features, but there are many other ways to experience the Gardens...

  • A wedding venue with a host of photography opportunities
  • Rest and relaxation with family picnics
  • Socializing at community events e.g. Landcare Day, Christmas in the Gardens.
  • Exercise with walking / jogging and cycling paths
  • Education opportunities with school tours, guided walks, interpretive signs and displays.
  • Bird watching
  • Indulgence of the senses at the Lagoon's Cafe and Gallery

Come and visit us and remember to bring your camera to capture your Botanic Gardens experience.

Welcome

Welcome

Discover one of Australia's youngest Botanic Gardens, located at beautiful Mackay on the Central Queensland Coast.

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Visitor's information

Visitor's information

Opening hoursRecommended visiting is from 5am to 9pm. All major arterial pathways and facilities are accessible and lit within these hours.

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The plant collections

The plant collections

The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens has been designed to showcase and trial primarily local native plants from the Central Queensland Coast Bioregion.

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Mount Blackwood Holly story

Mount Blackwood Holly story

The Mount Blackwood Holly (Graptophyllum ilicifolium) was adopted as the floral emblem of the Mackay Branch of Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP) in 1992.

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History of the lagoons and gardens

History of the lagoons and gardens

The opening of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens on May 24, 2003, fulfilled a dream of the Mackay Association 125 years previously.

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Maps

Maps

Check out the many different sections of the Botanic Gardens.

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Masterplan

Masterplan

To be recognised by the community, our visitors and the wider botanical and horticultural fraternities as a responsible repository of Australian plants.

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Working towards a healthier Lagoons Catchment

Working towards a healthier Lagoons Catchment

The Lagoons are at the heart of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and was the location of Mackay's first settlement and water supply.

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Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Council and community working together for a shared botanical visionA council/community Advisory Board has been formed to oversee future plans for Mackay's Botanic Gardens.

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The Garden's Shop

The Garden's Shop

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens offers a range of gifts and souvenirs to visitors.

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