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Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens

Nature lovers paradise

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast’s iconic theme parks and beaches lies a different kind of experience for kids, a natural one where they’ll interact with eels, turtles and other native flora and fauna.

The Gold Coast Regional Botanicals Gardens is nestled in suburbia and offers families a treasure trove of nature-based activities. It has long meandering boardwalks perfect for strollers, scooters or little ones learning to ride a bike, as well as a shaded playground.

The wooden playground opened in late 2016 and offers kids of all ages something to play on. There’s a few climbing nets, wooden fort to climb, a large slide with rock climbing on one side and two swings, one is for toddlers. Kids can also practice their balancing on three wobbly wooden structures.

Close to the playground is a large bamboo hideout that kids seem to adore playing tag and hide and seek in and around. You can also explore the Kaialgumm Games Trail to find out about traditional games that were played by indigenous children in many parts of Australia. The trail takes you to six sites where you can use the QR reader on your smart phone or tablet to find out how to play them.

gold coast botantical gardens

Kids can touch the sea stars and watch a ray talk and feed just inside the entry before they walk into a dark hallway of magnificent sea horses and sea dragons. They’ll race from aquarium to aquarium trying to spot the inhabitants and while young tots don’t stay for long you’ll find the older ones read the information and learn a great deal.

If you’ve got children who love exploring and coming across wildlife then you’re in luck because there’s a few resident eels that are friendly enough to come to the embankment to say hello. You’ll also spot fish, a cheeky turtle and a plenty of native birds including kookaburras.

There’s a plethora of tracks that weave in and out of freshwater wetlands, a Eucalyptus open woodland, a dry rainforest, a montage rockery, a gum tree corridor and a butterfly and rose garden. A special sensory garden has also been specifically designed as a place for visitors with a disability to interact in a safe environment with plants that stimulate the five senses.

The park is a nature lovers dream and the perfect place to bring a picnic and let your kids roam in a fenced area. But don’t worry if you can’t be bothered packing any food, there is a small cafe located on site that offers delicious treats such as ice-creams, smoothies, organic coffee and plenty of treats and gluten-free fare.

gold coast botantical gardens

The cafe, that has Eftpos facilities, is a little off the beaten track but just look for the signs before you go through woodlands towards the exit of the park. Weather permitting the cafe is open Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm and 9am to 4pm on weekends.

The gardens are free to visit, have a toilet block and are located at 258 Ashmore Road in Benow a close to the Royal Pines Resort Golf Course.

gold coast botantical gardens

When she’s not wrangling her three children, aged 3, 5 and 6, Gold Coaster and professional writer Emily Toxward juggles work, cooking for fussy children and parent helping at school. Escaping to the beach is her idea of paradise and writing about the trials and tribulations of life in an honest and humorous way on her blog .Have A Laugh On Me is her way of staying sane!

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