Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens offers extensive lawns, lavish gardens, shade trees, beautiful lagoon views and a variety of wonderful photo settings all within our picturesque 51 hectare site.

With its central location, easy access and tranquil views, The Botanic Gardens is an ideal location to celebrate your special day.

Ceremony locations

There are three unique sites available so you can choose the perfect backdrop for your romantic garden ceremony

Heritage Garden

Colourful and charming, enter through the stunning floral arbours to your awaiting guests

  • Up to 100 guests
  • 5 x 5m gazebo
  • Views of the lagoon
  • Power access

Malta Garden

Iconic arches frame this formal garden lawn, complemented with large shady trees and hedges

  • Up to 150 guests
  • Formal setting
  • Bocce court
  • Power access

Tropical Sun Garden Lawn

Beautiful and spacious, dotted with shady trees making it perfect for a grand celebration

  • 300+ guests
  • Semi-formal setting
  • Power access
  • Close to cafe and carpark

*Please note all areas are alcohol & glass free.
*Strictly NO rice, confetti, balloons or scattering real flower petals.

Artificial flower petals can be used, we recommend a carpet to throw them on as anything you bring into the site you are responsible for removing.

Due to underground services, no decorations/structures are to penetrate the lawn. All decorations must be free standing and weighed down if required. e.g no pegs are to be used for marquees or Bali flags, weights are to be used if required.

Bookings in the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens have specific Terms & Conditions.

Please read all Terms & Conditions carefully and contact the Gardens Administration Office via or 4952 7300 if you have any questions.

Fees and applications

Ceremonies in the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens incur a booking fee and bond which covers your use of the grounds for a two-hour period, botanic preparation of the site and directional signage 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.

Tentative bookings (strictly 14 days, no money required) can be made to assist with the planning process.

To place a tentative booking please contact Gardens Administration with the following details:-

  • Preferred ceremony location
  • Both First and Last names
  • Postal address
  • Phone Number x 2
  • Approx. number of guests
  • Approx. ceremony time

To confirm a booking, payment of the full fee and bond is required along with the completed application form.

The current hire fee for any of the ceremony locations is $230.00 + $230.00 refundable bond valid until 01.07.2020

To check the availability of preferred date/s, please contact Gardens Administration on 4952 7300 or

Please read through the Botanic Gardens Grounds Hire Application carefully. If you have any questions, would like to check availability, or would like to book in for a wedding tour, please contact Gardens Administration on phone 07 4952 7300 or email

Payment can be made in person via cash, EFTPOS or cheque at the following Council offices.


By post and addressed to Mackay Regional Council, PO Box 41, Mackay, QLD 4740. Please make cheques payable to Mackay Regional Council.


Complete the online application form. Once processed, you will be advised if the application is approved and if so the payment options available.


Please contact Botanic Gardens Cafe directly for availability or menu options.

Marquee/outdoor style receptions are not permitted within the Botanic Gardens.

The infrastructure and facilities provided within the Botanic Gardens are not designed to cater for this style of event.