School holiday activities

Check out our school holiday activities planned to keep your kids entertained throughout the Christmas holidays!

Kid’s Christmas Craft

Friday, December 14, 10am - 11.30am
Tuesday, December 18, 10am - 11.30am
Friday, December 21, 10am - 11.30am

Cost > $5 per child (parental supervision required)
Meeting Room opposite Botanic Gardens Cafe

Join us at the Gardens to create a nature inspired table centrepiece for your    Christmas get together. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years. Parental supervision required. Bookings essential, places limited. For more information or to book a spot, please call 4952 7300 or email


Painting Competition

Closes Friday, January 25, 2019
Cost > Free
Open to children aged 10 -17 years old

Is there a budding artist in your home? If so, here’s an opportunity for your children to have their artwork showcased in the February Lagoons Gallery Art Exhibition and win a $50 Australian Geographic gift voucher.

All you have to do is use your imagination to create a piece of hand painted canvas art that reflects the theme, “nature”. This is a great opportunity to give your budding artist exposure to the community.

For more information, please contact the Visitor Services Officer on phone (07) 4952 7300 at the Botanic Gardens or email


Kid self-guided activities

Daily from 9am - 5pm
Cost - Free

Botanic Gardens

Calling all nature detectives! We have a range of self-guided activities available throughout the school holidays!

Pick up an activity sheet from Gardens Administration Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm, or download a printable copy.


Bocce with a buddy

Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Cost - $5 for hire of bocce set ($50 cash only refundable deposit)

Malta Garden

Enjoy a game of bocce or croquet with a friend on our sand bocce court. Bocce sets are available for hire from Gardens Administration.


Botanic Gardens Administration will be closed from Saturday, December 22 and re-opening on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Merry Christmas from all of the team at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. We hope to see you in the Gardens throughout the school holidays!

Contact: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Phone: 4952 7300