Everything to see and do in the picturesque Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

Botanic Gardens DayBotanic Gardens Day

Saturday, June 1 from 9am
Tropical Sun Lawn

It’s on again!

This year, over 100 Botanic Gardens across Australia and New Zealand will celebrate the fourth Annual Botanic Gardens Day and highlight the vital work undertaken for plant conservation.

Plants are critical for life and Botanic Gardens are essential for us to be able to preserve, conserve and learn about plants.

Whether you’re interested in gardening, bird watching, native flora/fauna, local conservation efforts or just looking to get the family out for the day, we’ve got you covered.

  • Free guided walks
  • Free kids' activities; bug hunts, story time and more
  • Free demonstrations – worm farming, gardening with local natives, bonsai and more
  • ‘Build an insect hotel’ workshop (Bookings required and there are limited places)

There will also be free native plants giveaways!

This is an initiative of the Mackay Natural Environment Centre

> Activities from 9am to 2pm

  • Learn about the rare and threatened plants in our Botanic Gardens with members from Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP).
  • Winged wonders – butterfly display
  • Guided walks
  • Worm farming demonstration
  • Birdwatching walk hosted by BirdLife Mackay
  • Botanical art demonstration
  • Australian South Sea Islanders Hut open to the public with cultural artefacts on display. Entry via Ram Chandra Place
  • Australian Wildlife Rescue Service will have baby animals to meet
  • Bonsai demonstration
  • Ukulele workshops with Mackay Ukulele Group
  • Free gentle exercise with Falun Dafa
  • Gardening with local natives talk/demonstration
  • ‘Build an insect hotel’ workshop (Bookings required and there are limited places. For bookings please contact 4952 7300 or

> Why not make a day of it?

Bring your picnic blanket, find a spot and enjoy the entertainment by the Mackay Ukulele Group while you relax and soak up the sunshine.

Botanic Gardens Café open from 8am to 4pm

For further event information or to be involved please contact

Open Day

Winged Wonders

The scene was set for a show, but they say never to work with children or animals.

Unfortunately, not all the butterflies that were to be part of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens’ Winged Wonders butterfly display, scheduled for May 24 to June 1, have emerged from their chrysalis as hoped.

However, residents still have an opportunity to visit the Botanic Gardens Information Centre and see some of the winged wonders that have emerged and learn how to attract local butterflies to their garden.

All entry and associated activities are free.