Events

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 kid’s 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)

The new and exciting ‘free native plant program will be launched at Botanic Gardens Day 2019.

Bring your rates notice to receive four free native plants!

This is an initiative of the Mackay Natural Environment Centre

> Winged wonders - live butterfly experience

For a limited time, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Visitor Information will be transformed into a live butterfly display where you have the unique opportunity to come and see some of our local treasures up close and personal.

Gold coin entry to display, all children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Celebrate 50 years of the ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ book with the Libraries team. They’ll be hosting special readings and themed activities throughout the day.

> 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 artifacts 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 botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

> 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 botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

Open Day

Winged Wonders

Date: Friday, May 25 to Saturday June 1
Open hours:
Weekdays 9am to 4.30pm – Weekends 10am to 2pm
Fee: Gold coin entry
Location: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Visitor Information

Come along and discover what flutters in the Botanic Gardens…

For a limited time, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Visitor Information will be transformed into a live butterfly display where you will have the unique opportunity to come and see some of our local treasures up close and personal and learn about their host plants.

Exit the display in to the Tropical Shade Garden and follow the trail to discover more about our native beauties and their host plants needed for survival.

Find out which plants you can grow at home to create your own butterfly garden!

Don’t forget:

  • Wear bright coloured clothing to increase your chances of a butterfly landing on you! Butterflies like to land on anything that looks like a flower - red, white and pink are popular colours.
  • Bring your camera for a rare opportunity to photograph a butterfly at rest while feeding
  • All children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult

Please note: Numbers may be restricted at times; short waiting periods may be required.

For further information, please contact botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au or 4952 7300.

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