Opened to the public in May 2003, the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens surrounds a beautiful lagoon and features extensive lawns, intimate tree surrounded glades, a boulder-strewn waterfall and a number of interesting architectural features to frame or backdrop your ceremony.
Book your ceremony with us, and we will do our best to make sure that the area you selected is as green and well tendered as you’d expect a beautiful garden should be.
Located just three kilometres from the Mackay CBD, the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is accessed via Lagoon Street, just off Nebo Road/Highway1 on the southern approach into Mackay.
Our carpark adjacent to the main entrance caters for 24 vehicles plus 2 disabled parking bays and parking for 3 large buses/caravans is at the main entrance, with parking overflow along Lagoon Street and adjacent side streets. Parking for 20 vehicles is also located at the South Sea Islands Meeting Hut within the Balmoral precinct of the gardens, for ceremonies taking place in southern areas of the gardens. The adjacent Ram Chandra Drive also features extra parking.
Toilet facilities are located in the main visitor centre precinct adjacent to the Administration building and at the Mackay Tourist Information Centre.
Please call us to reserve your special day.
We recommend one of three sites best suited to wedding functions:
- The Tropical Sun Garden Lawn
- Malta Garden Lawn
- Heritage Gardens
All on Lagoon Street. These sites offer easy access and parking, access to toilets, water and the Lagoon's Cafe plus the sometimes handy shelter of the Visitors Centre itself due to inclement weather. Other current choices include a number of viewing decks and the South Sea Islands Gardens of Memories.
Marquees, upon application and approval,may be used for a wedding/naming ceremony. Due to underground services not all areas of the gardens are suitable so please contact us first to discuss your needs.
Marquee receptions are not permitted in the Botanic Gardens. The infrastructure & facilities provided within the Botanic Gardens are not designed to cater for marquee receptions.
The Lagoons Café & Gallery is available for wedding reception bookings.
Fees and applications
Your ceremony at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens incurs a fee which covers your use of the grounds for a two-hour period, botanic preparation of the site and directional signage sandwich boards to help your guests be guided to the ceremony location. Any other fees incurred such as marquee and chair hire and associated set up costs are the responsibility of the hirer.
Please see the weddings brochure for more information:
Applications and payments can be made:
- At the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Administration Office
- At Mackay Regional Administration Building
- By post and addressed to Mackay Regional Council, PO Box 41, Mackay, QLD 4740. Please make out any cheques to the Mackay Regional Council.
Photographs taken within the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens are free of charge. To save on wedding parties ‘doubling up’ and using the same venues for a ceremony and photographs, please advise us of your planned photographic visit - even if the ceremony is not being held here.
Please note that no flower petals, rice or confetti is to be used, and no balloons are permittted.
The cafe offers unique wedding receptions overlooking the lagoons and is licensed for receptions and special events (No BYO).
Please note that marquee receptions are not permittted with the express permission of and consultation with the curator.
All booking enquiries for the Lagoons Café or the Interpretative Gallery are to be directed to Paul Gibbs on 4952 4966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information - visit the Cafe on the Lagoons.