School Holidays Activities

Kid’s Craft Session

Cost: $5 per child (parent supervision required)
Date: Tuesday 2nd July Thursday 11th July Friday 12th July
Time: 10.00am –11.30am
Location: Heritage Garden Shade Shelter (parking available at Tamarind carpark)

Join us at the Heritage Gardens shelter and learn how to make use of a small space to grow a mini kitchen garden! We will be using recycled plastic bottles to make attractive upside down plant hangers and learn a little about complimentary planting. Suitable for children aged 5 – 12 years. Parent supervision required. Bookings essential, places limited. For more information or to book a spot, please call 4952 7300.


Photos in Black & White (Facebook Photo Competition)

Dates: Saturday, June 29 to Monday, July 15
Location: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Black and white images can add mystery & depth to a photograph. Whether it be a landscape, portrait, architecture, nature or wildlife we want to see your best black & white photograph taken in the Mackay Botanic Gardens!

This photo competition is aimed to be a family friendly activity, please post your photo to our Facebook Photo Competition page.

Winner will be announced after the school holidays.

For more information please contact the Botanic Gardens on phone 4952 7300 or email


DBCT Illuminate Lantern Making workshops

Free lantern making workshops for all the family! School holiday workshops at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens from 10am - 3pm daily on July 10, 11, 13 and 14.

Let your imagination roam and create a lantern to then be showcased at this year’s DBCT Illuminate event showing from 6 - 9pm daily from July 22 - 26.

No bookings required, children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please call Wanda Bennett on 0407 171 371 or Tracey Johnson on 0418 221 078.


Wonderful World of Insects

Saturday, July 13, 10am to noon
Botanic Gardens meeting room

Join Pioneer Catchment and Landcare along with Botanic Gardens on a guided walk and workshop to discover the ‘Wonderful World of Insects’.

Wear closed in shoes, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen and bring a water bottle.

This event is for school-aged children and their parents. Spaces are limited and bookings are essential. Please contact Kade Slater to make a booking


Bocce with a buddy

Cost: $5 for hire of bocce set.
Date: Monday  - Friday
Time: 9am -5pm
Location: Malta Gardens.

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


Kids self-guided activities

Date: Daily
Time: 9am -5pm
Location: Botanic Gardens
Cost: FREE

Calling all nature detectives! We have a range of self—guided activities available this holiday, these include:

Pickup an activity sheet from gardens administration Monday - Friday or download from our website.


Guided walks

Cost: FREE
Date: Each Friday
Time: 10am
Location: Meet at Gardens Administration

Join us on a walk to discover the Gardens. Walks are available every Friday during April – October, booking are recommended. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult For more information or to book a spot, please call 4952 7300 or email