A new children’s experiential garden unveiled to inspire and delight
  • Tuesday 05 April 2016

An exciting transformation is taking shape at the Whipbird Walk’s children’s experiential garden at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden with the Whipbird Village now complete and ready to be enjoyed.

Director Infrastructure Services Andrew Ryan said the Whipbird Village was designed to entice both children and the young at heart to discover their whimsical side and interact with nature.

“Among the newest additions to the experiential garden are beautiful Whipbird eggs carved from granite and new ‘pods’ created using living native plants which are entwined within a network of tracks, stepping stones and logs,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Whipbird Walk children’s experiential garden will be delivered in stages with a completion date set as June 2017.

“It is envisaged that when finally completed, the Whipbird Walk will engage children’s sense of sight, sound, touch and smell; creating a space for visitors to slow their pace and explore the uniquely wild space at the garden.”

Mr Ryan said the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden officially opened in December 2001 and continued to develop and adapt to meet the changing needs and expectations of the community.

“The Friends of the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden’s involvement with council was pivotal in the establishment of the garden,” he said.

“Today, they continue to be actively involved in all aspects including funding, planning, construction, landscaping, planting and maintenance, and are represented on the garden’s advisory board.

“They have played a fundamental role in partnership with council in the design, implementation and funding of the Whipbird Village and I’m confident visitors to the gardens will agree they have done an amazing job.”

Friends of the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden president Malcolm Cox said the Friends had relished the opportunity to help transform the original Whipbird Walk, developed in 2005, into a special place for Sunshine Coast families. 

“We believe our contribution speaks for everyone who loves botanic gardens and children alike, and we want to nurture them together,” Mr Cox said. 

“The Whipbird Village will provide children with unique experiences of the natural world through play and art as well as through direct contact. 

“This Botanic Garden belongs to the whole community, not least our younger citizens who now have another special place where they can explore, play and learn.”