Current & Past Events

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. However 150 years of development, industry and agriculture have led to this scenic waterway suffering with increased nutrient levels, high amounts of sediment and a loss of the original vegetation.

Published: 24 Jul 2014

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“Birds of a Feather Flock Together”

Bring your young children to the Small Explorers adventure to discover different birds that live in the Botanic Gardens on Tuesday, August 19 from  9.30am to 11.00am.

Published: 22 Jul 2014

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“Have A Blooming Good Time”

Bottlebrushes, Grevillea and Everlasting Daisies are providing lots of colour as well as nectar for the birds, bees and butterflies.  Join us for a ‘Special’ Free Friday Guided Walk on Friday, August 15 from 10am to 11.30am.

Published: 22 Jul 2014

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Lagoons Cafe and Gallery is OPEN

Those looking for something new and exciting for breakfast or lunch in a relaxed outdoor setting will be excited to hear that the new and improved Lagoons Café and Gallery is open for business Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 3pm and Weekends from 9am to 4pm.

Published: 10 Jul 2014

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‘A Few of My Favourite Things’

The Lagoons Gallery opened on Wednesday, July 16 for the long awaited Exhibition "My Favourite Things". The exhibition will be on display till Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Published: 07 Jul 2014

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Friends of the Gardens Guided Walk… Queens Park and Orchid House

Saturday 5th July 10.00 am start…

Published: 27 Jun 2014

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‘Special’ Free Friday Guided Walk… ‘THE BIG WALK’

Friday, July 11th:  10.00am – 11.30am.
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens…

Published: 27 Jun 2014

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“Make a 'B' line for the Botanic Gardens”:

Especially for Small Explorers:  Tuesday July 22nd: 9.30 am – 11.00am; Bookings Essential!

Published: 27 Jun 2014

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Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens wins 2014 Tourism Award

 

Published: 11 Jun 2014

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“Attracting Butterflies to your Garden”

Ross Kendall from ‘Butterfly Encounters’ will be guest speaker at Friends of the Gardens ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Published: 27 May 2014

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Small Explorers: 'Winged Wonders'

 A Special Event on a different day! Bookings Essential!

Published: 27 May 2014

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"Bush Foods" Special Free Friday Guided Walk:

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens…   
Friday, June 13th   10.00am – 11.30am.

Published: 27 May 2014

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Can the community participate in the creation of the Timber Trees Arboretum? YES!

Join in the Friends of the Gardens“Timber Trees”Planting Bee:
Saturday June 14th: 8.30am – 12 noon

Published: 27 May 2014

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It’s an OPEN and SHUT CASE… at the Botanic Gardens.

The MRBG Administration and The Garden’s Shop is closed on Thursday, June 19 for the Mackay Show Holiday

Published: 27 May 2014

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We will be there!

Friends of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens at the Annual Farleigh Palm Fete on Sunday, May 18.

Published: 02 May 2014

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Small Explorers: ‘Plant a Seed’

Let the Botanic Gardens Visitors Services Officer, Maya Harrison, take you and your small children to special areas of the Botanic Gardens to explore and later plant some seeds on Monday, May 26 at 9.30 – 11.00.

Published: 02 May 2014

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‘Museum collections make connections’.

The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is a Living Museum! May 19 – May 23 is the Mackay Regional Botanic Garden’s Museum Week extending on from International Museum Day 2014 on May 18.

Published: 02 May 2014

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Our first ‘Special’ Free Friday Guided Walk

Join our friendly guides and be lead down the Botanic Gardens' paths to see a variety of very special plants growing in our Botanic Gardens on Friday, May 23 from 10am – 11.30am.

Published: 01 May 2014

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Gardens plant the seed for education

Timber has a fascinating history in Queensland and soon a trail of 75 large native trees planted along Lagoon Street of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, will share the story to future generations.

Published: 23 Apr 2014

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Easter Closures

The operating hours for the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens over the Easter break are as follows:

Published: 16 Apr 2014

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New caterer brings life to gardens

A local chef with 25 years’ experience is looking to turn the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Café into a community-inspired eatery, featuring local arts and crafts.

Published: 02 Apr 2014

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Friends of the Gardens Special Event:

Plants, Flavours and Fragrances Workshop:

Published: 27 Mar 2014

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Free Friday Guided Walks 2014

They are back in April at a new time... 10.00am

Published: 27 Mar 2014

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Small Explorers..."Leaf Hunt"

Monday April 28th:  9.30 am – 11.00am

* Bookings Essential

Published: 27 Mar 2014

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It’s an OPEN and SHUT CASE… at the Botanic Gardens.

Published: 27 Mar 2014

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Green Eggs and Bees cancelled

Due to unexpected circumstances the Green Eggs and Bees school holiday activities scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17, at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens have been cancelled.

Published: 27 Mar 2014

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“Wildlife in the Gardens” for Small Explorers

These sessions for small children are proving to be VERY Popular!

 

Published: 04 Mar 2014

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'The Mates 3 Exhibition' postponed to November

 Other advertised Exhibition times are also affected.

Published: 04 Mar 2014

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Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Meeting Room is new meeting venue for SGAP

Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP) meet this Thursday March 6th at 7.30pm

Published: 04 Mar 2014

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Council seeks new operator for Gardens Café

The operator of the Lagoons Restaurant at the Botanic Gardens has vacated the premises because of a mounting debt of unpaid rent.

Published: 04 Feb 2014

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February is fabulous for Fungi…

Strange and smelly fruits appear in the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. Are they at your place too?

Published: 28 Jan 2014

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Friends of the Gardens Guided walk and 2014 Welcome BBQ

This guided walk on Saturday, February 15 at 4.00pm will be in the Regional Forest precinct of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens where there are lots of interesting plants to view.

Published: 23 Jan 2014

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All Nature is but Art

'All Nature is but Art ' Exhibition is on display in the Lagoons Gallery at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens from January 22 to March 2.

Published: 22 Jan 2014

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Metamorphism Magic - Life cycles

2014 January School Holiday activities - 1 session per day on the following dates;
Wednesday, January 22; Thursday, January 23; Friday, January 24 from 10am - 12noon.

Published: 19 Dec 2013

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“Winged Wonders”

2014 January School Holiday activities - 1 session per day on the following dates;
Wednesday, January 15; Thursday, January 16; Friday, January 17 from 10am - 12noon

Published: 19 Dec 2013

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Turn over a new Leaf… MAGNIFIED!

2014 January School Holiday activities… 1 session per day on the following dates;
January:  Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th, Friday 10th:

Published: 19 Dec 2013

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It’s an OPEN and SHUT case… at the Botanic Gardens

Festive season closures.

Published: 19 Dec 2013

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DATE CHANGE FOR CHRISTMAS!

'Christmas in the Gardens' now on Sunday 15th from 5.30pm

Published: 03 Dec 2013

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Jingle bells tinkling at the Botanic Gardens

December School Holiday activities… 17th, 18th and 19th December 2013

Published: 02 Dec 2013

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Simply The Best! Creative Shots Photo Club’s Annual Exhibition.

Lagoons Gallery, Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - Sunday, January 19, 2014

Published: 02 Dec 2013

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Christmas Decorations in the Gardens… for Small Explorers

Monday December 2nd:  9.30 am – 11.00am

Published: 14 Nov 2013

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Small Explorers: “Water Features and Creatures”

Let the Botanic Gardens Visitors Services Officer, Maya Harrison, take you and your small children to special areas of the Botanic Gardens to explore ‘Water features and creatures’ on Monday, November 11, at 9.30am – 11am.

Published: 04 Nov 2013

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'Here Be Dragons'

A fanciful collection of stunning photographic images, capturing Australian dragons in all their magnificence - tails, wings, flames, scales, spines and mighty names.

Published: 04 Nov 2013

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'Botanica VIII'… An Exhibition by the Mackay Botanical Art Interest Group

Lagoons Gallery 25th Sep 2013 - 3rd Nov 2013

Published: 24 Sep 2013

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September/October 2013 School Holidays Activities

Be a Winner! Explore the Botanic Gardens, complete a quiz and go into the draw for a special book.

Published: 23 Sep 2013

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Swamp Orchid in Full Bloom

View this spectacular flower in the Tropical Shade Garden at the Botanic Gardens or purchase one for yourself at the 'Orchid Extravaganza' Queens Park.

Published: 11 Sep 2013

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September 7th > A Big Green Day Out !

Meet Costa Georgiadis and Threatened Species!

Published: 29 Aug 2013

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Chelsea's Mosaic is in the PlayGarden

Magic Mosaics are now permanent 10th birthday presents for the Botanic Gardens

Published: 15 Aug 2013

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'BOTANICA' Calendar 2014... NOW HALF PRICE at $7.50

Available at "The Garden's Shop" at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

Published: 14 Aug 2013

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Diversity in Nature Exhibition: Special Plants of Mackay Whitsunday

 Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery > August 7 to September 8, 2013  

Published: 07 Aug 2013

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"Diversity in Nature" Special Free Friday Guided Walk:

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens…Friday, August 9th:  9.30am – 11.00am.

Published: 07 Aug 2013

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Small Explorers: Make a 'B' Line for the Botanic Gardens

Let the Botanic Gardens Visitors Services Officer, Maya Harrison, take you and your small children to special areas of the Botanic Gardens to explore all things starting with the letter "B". That could be butterflies, beetles, banksias and bromeliads on Monday, August 19th  from 9.30am to 11am.

Published: 05 Jul 2013

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The Art Walk - Special free friday guided walk

Join Maya and be lead down the Garden’s paths to see a variety of artwork and features in the Botanic Gardens. The walk will include the current exhibition in the Lagoons Gallery titled The Journey by Art Whitsunday.

Published: 05 Jul 2013

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The Journey - An exhibition by Art Whitsunday

The Journey exhibition will give artists in the Art Whitsunday group the opportunity to explore their chosen medium and interpret the theme, The Journey in their own individual style.

Published: 05 Jul 2013

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Unique outdoor entertainment venue available to the public

The beautiful Botanic Gardens could be the back drop for your next big event, market, fete or festival.

Published: 04 Jul 2013

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Rock Pop Mime 2013

Presenting at the Meadowlands Amphitheatre near the west entrance via Alexandra Street on July 27 from 6pm to 9:30pm.

Published: 03 Jul 2013

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Special presentation at Friends of the Gardens AGM

"Trials and Pitfalls ... a Flora and Fauna Survey at Redcliffe Vale" by Tina Ball and Maree Cali

Published: 06 Jun 2013

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Walking to Bob Moses Creek exhibition by artist Pam Finlay

Check it out at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery from June 5 - July 7, 2013.

Published: 06 Jun 2013

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"Bush Foods" Special Free Friday Guided Walk:

Join Maya and be lead down the Garden’s paths to see a whole variety of plants which have in the past provided food, tools and medicine for indigenous people and are growing in the Botanic Gardens.

Published: 28 May 2013

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Small Explorers: “Plant a Seed":

Let the Botanic Gardens Visitors Services Officer, Maya Harrison, take you and your small children to special areas of the Botanic Gardens to explore some seeds on Tuesday, June 11 from 9.30am to 11am.

Published: 27 May 2013

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The Bungee Jumping Caterpillars children's book is fantastic!

Make sure you come along to the Botanic Gardens and get your copy of this special children's book for just $15.00.

Published: 27 May 2013

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Bungee Jumping Caterpillars are everywhere!

They are even in an exhibition on show in the Lagoons Gallery from May 1 to June 3, 2013

Published: 23 Apr 2013

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It’s our birthday on May 24th …

Look at the Birthday Present in store for the Botanic Gardens…It's a Children's book!

Published: 23 Apr 2013

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Are you 10 years old? Come and celebrate with us

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens turns 10 on May 24, 2013 and we are having a party for 10 year olds.

Published: 15 Apr 2013

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Meet the Artist, Pam Finlay

Lagoon’s Gallery on Friday, April 5 at 11.00am
The community have the opportunity to meet Pam, discuss her artworks and also view her demonstration of  how she captures the essence of a flower and transforms it to canvas.

Published: 28 Mar 2013

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Glory - The Full Manifestation, an exhibition by Pam Finlay

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery from April 3 - April 28, 2013 (open Wednesday to Sunday from 9am - 4pm).
By portraying fragments of the flower the artist is choosing to capture a glimpse of the complete picture and consequently encourage the viewer to contemplate.

Published: 28 Mar 2013

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Our first Free Friday Special Guided Walk: Up Close and Personal with Nature

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens on Friday, April 5 from 9.30am – 11.00am.
Join Maya Harrison and Pam Finlay and be lead down the Garden’s paths to see Nature up close with the use of Anna-lupes, hand lenses and Magnifying glasses during your informative stroll through the picturesque Botanic Gardens.

Published: 14 Mar 2013

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"This Wonderful World" An exhibition by Robyn Gray

View this exhibition at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery open Wednesday to Sunday from 9am - 4pm. On show March 6 – March 31, 2013 .

Published: 04 Mar 2013

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Friends of the Gardens Guided Walk: ‘Then and Now: We are 10 years old’

Saturday March 9th from 4.00pm... Come with the Friends of the Gardens as they join Dale Arvidsson (Curator of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens) as he leads a Guided Walk, highlighting special areas of the Botanic Gardens and the significant growth and changes that have occurred during the Gardens 10year life span.

Rain may postpone this event. Call 49527300 or 0400 069 904 for updates.

Published: 04 Mar 2013

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Help us plant 1,000 plants! That’s a hundred plants for each of our ten years

Postponed to May 4, 2013 due to wet weather conditions
Half the bank planned for planting on April 13th was underwater due to recent rainfall. .

Published: 04 Mar 2013

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Small Explorers welcome at the Gardens

“Leaf Hunts” - Monday, April 15 from 9.30am – 11.00am
Fun and educational opportunities for toddlers and kindergarten aged children 18 months to 5 years.

Published: 25 Jan 2013

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Natural Selections 2013

An Exhibition by Lysbeth Gould – papermaker and Lyndy Hill - potter... 23rd January – 3rd March 2013 at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery

Published: 18 Jan 2013

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Wet? Wet? Wet? 2013

Friends of the Gardens celebrate World Wetlands Day with a Guided Walk along the egde of the Lagoons Saturday February 4.00pm

Published: 18 Jan 2013

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Wetlands Wonders

The Botanic Gardens will celebrate World Wetlands Day over 2 days with FREE activities February 1-2 2013

Published: 18 Jan 2013

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A Birthday Present for the Botanic Gardens from the "Friends"

Mayor Deidre Comerford and Cr. Theresa Morgan to unveil new interpretative signs.

Published: 18 Jan 2013

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We are 10 years old in 2013

Celebrations include a huge variety of events throughout the year.

Published: 18 Jan 2013

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Mackay Exposed... Creative Shots Photo Club's Annual Exhibition

Celebrating the beauty and transformation of the district Creative Shots Photo Club members have been out and about discovering both an iconic look of Mackay and subjects in the Mackay area that have a special place in their hearts.

Published: 06 Dec 2012

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It’s an OPEN and SHUT CASE… at the Botanic Gardens.

The Festive Season brings changes to opening and closing times

Published: 23 Nov 2012

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Christmas in the Gardens

Come along and bring all the family to this very popular Christmas event on Saturday, December 15 2012 from 5.30 to 8.30pm on the Tropical Sun Garden lawn adjacent to the Café on the Lagoon.

Published: 15 Nov 2012

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Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens are Award Winners

Inclusive Community Champion ( ICC ) Awards 2012 for Best Tourism Award

Published: 15 Nov 2012

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Moments in Time Exhibition

Celebrating 150 years of Mackay:
7th November – 2nd December 2012

Published: 24 Oct 2012

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Let us guide you along the Garden’s paths

Free Friday Guided Walks at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens are available every Friday (April – October) at 9.30am

Published: 11 Oct 2012

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Friends of the Gardens "Seed and Feed Forum"

Indulge in a triple treat… A talk, a tasting session and a guided walk.
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
October 20, 2012, 10.00am to 3.00pm

Published: 28 Sep 2012

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“Bloomin… Beauty”

The last SPECIAL Free Friday Guided Walk for 2012

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens…  Friday October 5th    9.30am – 11.00am

Published: 28 Sep 2012

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Meet the Botanical Artists of "Colours of Nature" Exhibition

Lagoons Gallery:  Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Wednesday 3rd October 2012 from 10am to 1 pm.

Published: 28 Sep 2012

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“Colours of Nature” Botanica VII 2012

Annual Exhibition of Mackay Botanical Art Interest Group (BAIG)
October 3 – November 7, Wednesday – Sunday, 9am - 4pm
Lagoons Gallery, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Published: 28 Sep 2012

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Spring into the Gardens

Make creative ‘spring’ flowers after exploring all the new things Spring has brought into the Gardens. The two hour session will include lots of physical activity including Bocce and ‘Spring Rolls’, as well as following clues to find Spring elements hidden in the Gardens.

Published: 18 Sep 2012

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Wild Flavours of Australia feature at “The Restaurant on the Lagoon”

Wild flavours, incorporated into an exciting and different menu are available at the newly opened restaurant at the Botanic Gardens. The Restaurant on the Lagoon is open Thursday to Saturday from 6.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Published: 31 Aug 2012

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“Life Forms” has sprouted new botanic features…

Artist, Christopher Trotter, was excited to return to the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens during August, to revamp and add some new features to the Life Forms Sculpture at the front entrance of the Gardens.

Published: 31 Aug 2012

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'Spring Time' Special Free Friday Guided Walk

Spring is here… Join Maya and visit the Lagoons Gallery on Friday, September 21 from 9.30am to 11am to view the current “Capturing Light Exhibition” and then be lead down the Garden’s path in the Spring sunlight to see the vast array of foliage, flowers, and seeds during your informative stroll through the picturesque Botanic Gardens. 

Published: 31 Aug 2012

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Capturing Light - A photographic exhibition by David Phillips

The ‘Capturing Light’ Exhibition will feature stunning photographs from Mackay, New South Wales and Western Australia taken by local landscape photographer David Phillips during the past 12 months at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery from August 29th to Septemebr 30th.

Published: 27 Aug 2012

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Amphitheatre almost done

Soon entertainment lovers will be able to enjoy music and theatre outdoors with the Meadowlands Amphitheatre at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens undergoing final touches of phase one.

Published: 15 Aug 2012

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Bird watching at the Gardens

Why not enjoy bird watching at one of Mackay's best areas - just 4 kms to the city centre? The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens offer a range of habitats - from the waterways and fringing grass and sedgelands of the lagoons, to adjacent gardens and small forested settings.

Published: 08 Aug 2012

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Friends of the Gardens Guided Walk: “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”

Join the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens ‘Friends of the Gardens’ on a walk and talk with other bird lovers, twitches and members of Birdlife Mackay on Saturday, August 11 from 10am -2pm.

Published: 30 Jul 2012

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Exploring the Senses: Beyond the Visual Exhibition by Art Whitsunday

The ‘Exploring The Senses: Beyond The Visual Exhibition’ will give artists in the Art Whitsunday group the opportunity to explore their chosen medium to not only include visual elements but also incorporate the essence of our other senses, hearing, touch, taste and smell in their artworks.

Published: 27 Jul 2012

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Diversity in Nature... Special Free Friday Guided Walk

Join Maya and Margaret Lane at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens on Friday August 3, 9:30am to 11:00am as they take you to see selected species of trees, shrubs and vines that are significant in the Mackay / Whitsunday area and the creatures that use the plants as habitats or food sources.

Published: 27 Jul 2012

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“Inspired by Nature” Friends of the Gardens Guided Walk

Saturday July 14th   10.00am – 2.00pm

Published: 26 Jun 2012

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Earthly Creations Special Free Friday Guided Walk

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens…  Friday July 13th   9.30am – 11.00am

Published: 26 Jun 2012

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Earthly Creations grow in the Botanic Gardens

Earthly Creations’ artists invite the community to participate during weekends in July

Published: 26 Jun 2012

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“Earthly Creations Exhibition”… a collection with a link to the earth.

Artists: Pam Hutley, Lalune Croker and Jenny De Thomasis
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery and Café: 3rd – 29th July 2012 
Wednesday – Sunday… 9am – 4pm.

Published: 26 Jun 2012

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Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens ‘Friends of the Gardens’

Botanic Gardens Meeting Room   Tuesday June 19:  7.30 pm:

Published: 31 May 2012

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“The Mates Exhibition No 2” by Roy Huff and Merv Nairn

 Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery and Café...  6th June – 1st July 2012 

Published: 31 May 2012

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M150 Historic Walk with local Historian, Berenice Wright :

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens: Sunday June 17th   9.30am – 11.00am …

Published: 31 May 2012

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“History in the Gardens” Special Free Friday Guided Walk:

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens…  Friday June 8th   9.30am – 11.00am

Published: 31 May 2012

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Botanic Gardens Lagoons Cafe and Gallery has new opening times

Now open Wednesday to Sunday 9 am - 4 pm.

Published: 15 May 2012

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Help us celebrate the Botanic Gardens ninth birthday and the Biggest Morning Tea too!

The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens will be celebrating their ninth birthday with a big birthday cake at the Lagoons Gallery and Cafe on Thursday, May 24 and asks residents to join them in their celebrations from 10am to help raise money for the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea too.


Published: 02 May 2012

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Giant Dandelion on show in "Seeds Scatter Exhibition"

A collection of seed inspired artworks and photography by Maya Harrison
2nd May – 3rd June 2012

Lagoons Gallery and Café, open Wednesday to Sunday 9 am - 4pm.

Published: 02 May 2012

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"Sow a Seed" Special Free Guided Walk

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens…  May 4th 9.30am - 11.00am.

Published: 16 Apr 2012

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Small Explorers Guided Walk

Hide and Seek for Wildlife in the Gardens:
Monday 30th April 10.00am   Tropical Sun Lawn, Botanic Gardens

Published: 29 Mar 2012

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Easter School Holiday activities

Seeds …How to get away from the parents in a time capsule…?”

Meeting Room;  Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. 10am -12noon.  April 3,4,5,10,11,12 10am -12noon

Published: 29 Mar 2012

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THEY ARE BACK !!!

FREE FRIDAY GUIDED WALKS… Botanic Gardens … Every Friday 9.30am

Published: 29 Mar 2012

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Information Overload: Digital Art Exhibition.

A graphic exploration into the visual information exchange of my everyday life by Jodie Connolly.

Lagoons Gallery and Café  4th April – 29th April 2012

Opening Night 4th April R.S.V.P.Jodie; Phone 0409155223 or email JODIE_CONNOLLY@YAHOO.COM.AU

Published: 29 Mar 2012

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Make your cup of tea ... 'A Perfect Blend'

Lagoons Cafe and Gallery is in 'High Tea' mode with this exhibition and the opportunity to make you own tea blends.  Exhibition available for viewing 29th February - 1st April 2012

Published: 29 Feb 2012

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Celebrate World Wetlands Day

February 2nd 2012

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is promoting World Wetlands Day… with a series of FREE activities over 3 days.

Published: 06 Jan 2012

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THINK SMART PLANT SMART

Storm Season is a Timely Reminder

Published: 14 Dec 2011

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OPENING TIMES OVER CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR

Lagoons Gallery and Café will be OPEN Friday 23rd December, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st December and Wednesday 4th January 2012

Published: 06 Dec 2011

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CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDENS

Saturday December 17:  5.30pm – 8.30pm.

SING ALONG with HULLABALOO and KAREN BONHAM and MACKAY CITY BAND.

Published: 29 Nov 2011

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REFLECTIONS I SNOITCELFER

Creative Shots Annual Exhibition... “Reflections” 2011
Lagoons Gallery and Cafe   7 December 2011– 15 January 2012

Published: 29 Nov 2011

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Nature is already decorating for Christmas...

I am the flower of the Leichhardt Tree  Nauclea orientalis and the whole tree can be decorated with these gorgeous baubles.

Published: 11 Nov 2011

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IT'S BACK ... Plants of Capricornia is available again

One of the best reference books for the Mackay region.

Now available for sale at ‘The Garden’s Shop’ Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens for $140.00

Published: 08 Nov 2011

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Secrets of the Tropical Shade Garden

November’s Special Free Guided Walk in the Botanic Gardens: … Friday November18th at 9.30am. 

Published: 31 Oct 2011

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Happy Dabblers showcase their artworks

An exhibition by U3A Art Group

Lagoons Gallery and Café
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.
2 November – 4 December 2011 

Published: 31 Oct 2011

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Come and see this flowering orchid before it disappears.

Endangered Swamp Orchid flowers for just a few weeks in the Tropical Shade Garden.

Published: 26 Sep 2011

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LAST ONE FOR THE SEASON... SPECIAL FREE GUIDED WALK Friday October 7 at 9.30am

Botanic Art compliments the glorious Foliage and Flowers of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

Published: 26 Sep 2011

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“COLOURS of NATURE” on show in the Lagoons Gallery

Botanical Art Exhibition by Artists of the Mackay Botanical Art Interest Group - (BAIG).

5 October – 30 October 2011

Published: 26 Sep 2011

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Mysteries of the Lagoon

September 2011 School Holiday Activities at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Published: 21 Sep 2011

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Secrets of the Pioneer are revealed

A Photographic Exhibition by David Phillips, Mitch Galletly and John Robertson.
Lagoons Gallery and Café
7 Sept  - 2 October  2011

Published: 21 Sep 2011

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Kids... Make a difference

Landcare Day in the Gardens… September 11th   9am – 2pm...
Botanic Gardens Tropical Sun Lawn

Published: 15 Aug 2011

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What's growing at the Gardens - Brigalow and Broken Earth?

Friends of the Gardens Guided Walk

Saturday August 27 

Published: 15 Aug 2011

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Get those cameras clicking…and enter your stunning photographs.

Landcare Day in the Gardens 2011
Photo Competition

Published: 02 Aug 2011

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Where the Shore meets the Sea

An Exhibition by Lyn Ahmat

Lagoons Gallery and Café
3 August – 4 Sept    2011

Meet the Artist... Saturday August 7th from 2.00pm

Published: 23 Jul 2011

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Black and White and Shades of Grey feature in latest Exhibition by ART WHITSUNDAY

***ARTIST'S TALK by Photographer Peter Jennings Saturday 16th July 1.30pm

Lagoons Gallery and Café
6 July – July 31   2011

 

Published: 01 Jul 2011

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FREE Aquatic Weeds IdentificationTraining Workshop

Friday 8th July 2011 9.30am-2.00pm

Bring an aquatic weed for identification

Published: 30 Jun 2011

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Meadowlands development continues

The first stage of the exciting Meadowlands development at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens commenced in July. A planned 10 year phase by phase development of key infrastructure and gardens will be undertaken in the ‘Meadowlands sector’ – the Alexandra Street side of the Lagoons. A ex-sugar cane paddock will be transformed and will feature solely plants from the Mackay/Whitsunday region – many threatened with extinction in the wild.

Published: 29 Jun 2011

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FORESTS... Foliage, flowers, food...

June – July 2011 School Holiday Activities…

Published: 03 Jun 2011

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Friends of the Gardens Annual General Meeting

Tuesday June 21  7.30 pm

Guest speaker Kate Heffernan talks about the SMART GARDENER PROJECT at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Friends AGM

Published: 03 Jun 2011

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Trees and Flowers Exhibition

Bush to Beach Art Group

Lagoons Gallery June 1 to July 3

Published: 03 Jun 2011

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Under Eights Week… 'Bush to Beach: Let them Grow'

“Bush to Beach: Let them Grow” provides an opportunity for young children to learn through experiences that acknowledge the environment.

Published: 28 Apr 2011

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‘Leaf Litter’ Exhibition - A collection by Maya Harrison

Lagoons Gallery and Café, 4 May – 29 May 2011

Published: 28 Apr 2011

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"Botanic Gardens - Modern Day Arks?"

Come along and join the Friends of the Garden's Presentation: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Meeting Room; April 19th, 7.00pm

Published: 12 Apr 2011

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Garden Friends Planting Bees

Saturday April 16. 9.00am - 12.00noon, Sarina / Proserpine Gardens

Published: 06 Apr 2011

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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day at the Botanic Gardens

April 28th, 8.00am – 10.00am - Tropical Sun Garden Lawn, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Published: 06 Apr 2011

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April School Holiday Activities... Metamorphism Magic…

See it at the Botanic Gardens... April Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st 2011

Published: 31 Mar 2011

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Thoughts of intimacy, desire and possession unleashed by flowers!

"Unleashed" … A Photographic exhibition by Cheryl Eagers.

Lagoons Gallery and Café    6 April – 1 May 2011

Published: 09 Mar 2011

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Time for 'Green Thumbs' to get dirty

Garden Friends Planting Bee…  Saturday 26th March
One of a variety of regular activities the Friends of the Gardens group participate in.

Published: 22 Feb 2011

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"Contemporary Canvas"... An exhibition by Susan Riley Gee

Lagoons Gallery and Café
2 March – 4 April

Published: 22 Feb 2011

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“Behind Bed Sheets" - An exhibition by Rosanna Lawton

This exhibition by Rosanna Lawton features artwork, which attempts to create a map of the mind showing the influences and effects of migraines.

Published: 28 Jan 2011

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"Wetland Wonders"... Celebrating World Wetlands Day

On Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th February 2011... join in FREE ACTIVITIES ...They are still ON! ...especially displays in the Meeting Room

STOP PRESS… Due to the weather conditions… This event will be repeated on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th February with the same activities…

Published: 10 Jan 2011

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Creative Shots Annual Photography Exhibition

Featuring photographs taken in the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens on show in Lagoons Gallery and Cafe... 12 January – 6 February 2011

Published: 20 Dec 2010

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School Holidays Activities...

Get the kids out of the house and discover some fun holiday activities from art and crafts to discovery walks in the Gardens.

3 weeks of January School Holiday activities in 2011

Published: 20 Dec 2010

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Leaves, Sticks and Sparkly Bits... Christmas Decorations and Cards

December School Holidays Activities

Published: 02 Dec 2010

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Christmas in the Gardens Cancelled

Due to the current condition of the Tropical Sun Lawn and the predicted weather to come Christmas in the Gardens will not be going ahead on Saturday 18 December 2010.

Published: 02 Dec 2010

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"Humans in Gardens"

Artists of Printbank Mackay exhibit in 'Lagoons Gallery' ... 1 December 2010 – 9 January 2011

Published: 26 Nov 2010

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Rainy weather dampens events at the Botanic Gardens

EVENTS CANCELLED THIS WEEKEND

Published: 19 Nov 2010

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FREE GUIDED WALKS

Come and Join us before the season ends... Last Guided Walks to be held Friday 22nd and Friday 29th October

 

Published: 01 Apr 2010

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The Mate's Exhibition

Paintings by Roy Huff and Merv Nairn are on display 3 November - 28 November

Two mates, with a passion for painting, showcase some of their favorite paintings featuring birds, building and landscapes painted in acrylics.

Published: 20 Oct 2010

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Get on your Bike… and come to the Botanic Gardens during Bike Week.

There will be lots of pedals going round and round on Sunday morning 10th October.
WITH A FAMILY FUN RIDE:

Published: 05 Oct 2010

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New Exhibition Blooms at the Botanic Gardens.

“Botanica V”  2010 6 October – 31 October

This year’s "Botanica V" exhibition features some of the plants growing in the Botanic Gardens. There are some special native plants included in the exhibition which are considered “Threatened in the Wild” such as the Botanic Garden's floral emblem, the Mount Blackwood Holly.

Published: 05 Oct 2010

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Improvements to Tamarind Carpark

Please be advised that throughout February, March 2011 (weather permitting), the Tamarind Carpark (near the children’s “Under the Banyan” PlayGarden) at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens will be reformed and sealed. During this period the carpark may be closed and on street parking will increase during this period.

Published: 13 Sep 2010

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September School Holidays take flight at the Botanic Gardens

Check out... The Best Beak in the Botanic Lagoons…

Published: 03 Sep 2010

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"Wildlife" at the Botanic Gardens

 

Lots of Native Australian Animals feature in an Art Exhibition by Catherine Dowden

Published: 03 Sep 2010

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Dinosaurs roam in the Botanic Gardens

Meet Erths Awesome Prehistoric Creatures, from cute baby dinosaurs to teeth-gnashing giants.

Published: 01 Sep 2010

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Storm Chasing Australia

A Photographic Exhibition by Matt White
4 August – 29 August
Lagoon’s Gallery and Café

Published: 30 Jul 2010

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‘Kids… Make a Difference… in Your Backyard’... Join us at Landcare Day in the Gardens.

A call for organisations and schools to participate in Landcare Day in the Gardens.

Published: 19 Jul 2010

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Annual General Meeting for the Friends of the Gardens

Tuesday June 22:    7.30 pm     Botanic Gardens Meeting Room

 

Published: 07 Jun 2010

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Friends of the Gardens Planting Bee

Saturday June 19:      9.00am start

Published: 07 Jun 2010

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School Holiday Activities at the Botanic Gardens

Plant a Seed and Grow a Mind…

Published: 07 Jun 2010

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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Join in the Fun... Saturday 24th April 2010... FREE

Published: 20 Apr 2010

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"Sense of Place": Chris Neely

An exhibition in the art style of Abstract / Expressionism.

Published: 01 Apr 2010

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"Through My Eyes"

An Exhibition by Susan Riley Gee

Published: 01 Apr 2010

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"First Light"

An Photographic Exhibition by an emerging local landscape Photographic Artist, David Phillips.

Published: 01 Apr 2010

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Mackay Landscapes come into view

Feelings for Nature are expressed in Lyn Ahmat "Mackay Landscapes" Exhibition...

Published: 01 Feb 2010

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An exciting morning of fun and colourful activities for children under 5

Playgroup Day in the Botanic Gardens
Friday March 25, 9.30 - 11.30

Published: 13 Feb 2010

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Nature’s secrets await school holiday crowd

School Holiday Activities… April 6th, 7th, 8th. Eggs in Nature…

Published: 13 Feb 2010

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Exhibition featuring Heritage Collection Photographs

Local History Collection Exhibition

Published: 01 Feb 2010

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"Selection of the Collection"

“Selection of the Collection Exhibition”… featuring a selection of the Botanic Garden’s Art collection

Published: 15 Jan 2010

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Creative Shots Annual Photographic Exhibition 2009

Lagoon’s Gallery and Café
 2 December 2009 – 10 January 2010

Published: 01 Dec 2009

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Creative Shots Annual Photographic Exhibition

Lagoon’s Gallery and Café
 2 December 2009 – 10 January 2010

Published: 01 Dec 2009

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Tai Chi for Busy People... This Saturday December 5th 2.00 - 4.00pm

Free...

 

Published: 01 Dec 2009

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Have your say on the blooming future of our botanic gardens

Help shape our region’s flourishing botanic gardens and have your say on its future development.

Published: 01 Dec 2009

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Hide and seek trails

Follow the clues and discover surprises in the Botanic Gardens…from flora, frogs, foods, fungi, footprints and fun!

Published: 12 Nov 2009

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Turn over a new leaf

Explore the world of leaves, their shapes, sizes and functions for plant survival and homes for creatures through a discovery walk, books, stories and art creations.

Published: 12 Nov 2009

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Make a bee line for the gardens

Children will discover all the Wildlife that begins with B… birds, beetles, butterflies and bugs observe them up close, learn about the important role they play in nature and then create some of their own creatures.

Published: 12 Nov 2009

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Nature’s Christmas decorations

Get the kids out of the house and discover some fun holiday activities from art and crafts to discovery walks in the gardens.

Published: 12 Nov 2009

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Creative Shots Annual Exhibition

Creative Shots Photo Club Inc members enjoy the wonderful world of image making.

Published: 12 Nov 2009

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Sunday in the Park

Bring a chair or a picnic blanket, then settle back, and enjoy the sounds of local musicians at this free concert on the front lawn.

Published: 12 Nov 2009

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What's flowering now at the gardens?

This is a luscious beauty that really suits a rainforest or Balinese style garden and is perfect for Mackay and the Whitsunday’s humid and moist monsoonal climate.

Published: 29 Sep 2009

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A showcase of photographics skills...is Expose' 2009

Expose´ 2009 is a quality photographic exhibition by the members of the Mackay Camera Group Inc.

Published: 30 Oct 2009

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Biennial BGANZ Congress comes to Mackay

The Congress aims to recognize the role and responsibilities of Botanic Gardens as a resource for the future preservation of species, and to support the global effort to retain significant and regionally important plant materials.

Published: 29 Sep 2009

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Botanica IV 2009 - Botanical Art Exhibition at Lagoon's Gallery

This year’s "Botanica IV" exhibition features plants growing in the Botanic Gardens, with a focus on the special natives of our local area such as the Botanic Garden's floral emblem, the Mount Blackwood Holly.

Published: 29 Sep 2009

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Frangipani Dawn

A new exhibition dawns over the Lagoons... "Frangipani Dawn"

Published: 05 Sep 2009

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Gone to the Birds

September School Holiday Activities…

Published: 05 Sep 2009

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Exhibition of 9

Lagoon's Gallery at the Botanic Gardens features the work of nine photography students...

Published: 05 Aug 2009

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The Eagles have landed

...The Sea Eagles Sculpture by Adriaan Vanderlugt  that is.

Published: 30 Jul 2009

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Meet Jerry Coleby-Williams from ABC's Gardening Australia at LandCare Day

"Make A Difference...in Your Backyard"... Landcare Day in The Botanic Gardens

Published: 16 Jul 2009

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Dinosaurs Ruled

July School Holiday Activities...

Published: 03 Jul 2009

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"Natives Decoratively"

Lagoons Gallery and Cafe's latest exhibition

Published: 03 Jul 2009

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"Splashes of Mackay" at the Lagoon's Gallery

“Splashes of Mackay” an exhibition by Susan Riley Gee at Mackay Regional Botanic Garden's Lagoons Gallery that showcases the Mackay Region.

Published: 13 May 2009

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New birdlife at the lagoons

“Taking Flight” Exhibition features Bird Sculptures and Contemporary Artworks…  by Lyn Kane and Chris Neely

Published: 08 Apr 2009

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Six square patches of green grass

Have you noticed the six green square patches of grass in the Demonstration Gardens area of the Botanic Gardens? The Gardens are conducting turf trials.

Published: 02 Mar 2009

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Using wildlife to combat a weedy situation

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens have recently released weevils as part of the council’s efforts to eradicate damaging water weeds. 

Published: 02 Mar 2009

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Nature's Colours on view at the Botanic Gardens

Nature's Colours... An Exhibition by Nicolette Horak

Published: 02 Mar 2009

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Snow and Ice at the Botanic Gardens...

"Snow & Ice" by Sherilyn Piccone, comes from the depths of winter in the South Island of New Zealand.

Published: 28 Jan 2009

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Get active and explore your Gardens by bike

Did you know that cyclists can explore the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens along the shared-use path?

Published: 13 Oct 2008

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Events In the Gardens

Summers warming up and it's a great time to get out and enjoy the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a wonderful family night of carols under the Bunya Pine Christmas Tree or bring the kids along to a range of school holiday events.

Published: 13 Oct 2008

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Gardens Growing

Visitors will to begin to see some exciting changes to the Botanic Gardens over the summer months as construction of new Gardens in the Monocot Zone commences.

Published: 13 Oct 2008

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