Walks and events

The garden has a variety of attractions that visitors can enjoy. The garden is a haven where the coast's botanical heritage can be grown and nurtured.

Walks and events

Botanic gardens show both the beauty and usefulness of plants. They are havens where our botanical heritage can be grown, nurtured, researched, propagated and protected. They are also places of science, art and conservation, walking, playing, dreaming and discovering.


Art exhibitions, educational workshops and events are held in the garden and the purpose-built arts and ecology centre throughout the year.

Children's school holiday program

Children will enjoy our regular school holiday program, which includes a variety of activities to keep them amused, entertained and active over the holiday period. Check out the what's on calendar for latest details.

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The Friends volunteer guides offer a range of guided tours of the garden. Check out the what's on page for upcoming tours. Alternatively, take a self-guided walk (PDF, 967KB).

Rain garden

Your walk will take you through lush rain gardens with specially constructed gardens that help keep water on site. The water is absorbed into the sub soil, and the flow is slowed and cleansed  before it reaches waterways. View the rain gardens fact sheet (PDF, 311KB) for more information about these special gardens.

Whipbird woods

Come and play in this nature wonderland - there’s lots to see and do! Families will enjoy a journey of discovery exploring nature and searching for the hidden wildlife and artworks in the whipbird woods located across the lagoon walk. Try balancing on the carved tree trunks, walk the rope bridge, build a cubby from sticks, find the ten items in the scavenger hunt or just sit on the timber platforms to enjoy a tranquil morning tea or lunch in the forest.

Great botanic race

The Great botanic race is an easy-to-medium orienteering challenge for kids and their caregivers.  Weaving through forest, lawn and sculpture gardens it makes visiting the bushland a fun adventure for families.  How fast can you find all the letters and solve this season’s puzzle?