Hervey Bays Botanic Gardens is a great place for a leisurely stroll, or to see the bush tucker of the Fraser Coast region. Find a peaceful spot to sit back and enjoy a book, or enjoy a bit of pilates or yoga. The botanic gardens feature five key spots that are most attractive to those who visit, which include:
- Warun Bush Tucker Garden
- Tranquillity Garden
- Japanese Bridge Garden
- Woodlands and Wetlands Area
- Orchid House
You also won’t want to miss out on viewing the Bush Chapel that is out in the open for any special occasion. Another new addition to the Botanic Gardens is the orchid house which does not disappoint.
Here you can find a variety of orchids to add to your collection, with more than 15,000 varieties to view, the bonus is some are available for purchase.
The Great Sandy Strait Botanic Gardens is situated on 26 hectares, and it was started by two retired people who wanted a project to work on. It turned out to be a great success amongst many of the locals and visitors to the Fraser Coast.
Things you should bring when visiting the gardens, it is recommended that you wear closed-toe shoes while walking through the wetlands and bush. Please note that some visitors may need to bring bug repellent as this area is known for bugs.
It’s a great place to have a family picnic as there are plenty of facilities to do so. If your wanting to have a sausage sizzle don’t worry there are several BBQ facilities available with an undercover area for cooking and seating, but please be sure to clean up after yourselves.
Why not bring along some binoculars to get a closer view of the birds that inhabit the area. Or if you are coming with a group of children or even a retirement group, a favourite of the community is to hide painted rocks around the gardens for others to find or pick one up for yourself if you find one.
Many say that the botanic gardens are a must-see, taking roughly around two hours to stroll through the whole grounds. With no fee required for entry its, a must-do, it’s a great place to feed the ducks and turtles that live in and around the pond.
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Some species of birds that you may see include but are not limited to:
- Black-faced Monarch
- Mangrove Honey Eater
The gardens are open daily from 6 am to 8 pm, so plenty of time for a morning or evening jog/walk. With off-street parking and on-street parking available, there are two entrances to the park off of Elizabeth St, but only one with parking facilities.
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There is a front office open on Tuesdays and Thursdays where you can volunteer to help plant out new fauna into the gardens, making a great opportunity to ask questions about your own home garden.
Before you take a stroll through the park be sure to visit one of the cafes located on either Elizabeth street or on the Esplanade, as there are no cafes located in the garden areas.
If your looking for a place that has great photo opportunities than the botanic gardens is a perfect place for it. With several different themed areas around the park, it will not disappoint.
With options like the Chinese garden, to the surrounds of the orchid house, or try by the pond with the beautiful bridged area. If you want to go with a peaceful outlook than check out the tranquillity garden, or for a more rugged experience travel through the bush of the gardens.
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The Gardens are located at:
62-105 Elizabeth St, Urangan QLD 4655, give them a call for any extra information (07) 4125 9700