March 5, 2021

March brings a change of season! 

The persistent hot and humid weather provides good growing conditions at the Botanic Gardens.

Our amazing team of gardeners are still pruning, hedging, mowing and tending to our Living Collection of plants to keep them looking their best all year round.

If you see one of our friendly gardeners during your visit, make sure you come and say g’day or give them a wave!
Some things to look out for in the coming weeks:
  • Term 1 school holiday program will be out soon. Keep an eye out on Facebook for more information.
  • Free Friday guided walks to commence on Friday, April 9.
  • Botanic Gardens Day is set to go ahead at the end of May. Look out for more details.
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Plant sales

It is so wonderful to see so many people coming in to buy native plants for their gardens.

Native Plants Queensland SGAP Mackay branch regularly supplies us with a range of native plants (groundcovers, herbs, shrubs and tree species) to sell. All of them have been propagated and grown by members in the Botanic Gardens' nursery.

Come in and see what species we have. If you are looking for plants to attract wildlife to your garden, we have some for you!

Helping the gardens grow

Thanks to our Friends of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Association Inc. who have been lending a helping hand wherever they can with nursery duties, selling plants at Botanic Gardens Information Centre and getting involved with weekend weed and feed sessions.

Every little bit of help goes a long way and we certainly appreciate it!

If you are keen to get involved, contact

What’s flowering in the gardens?

Take a walk along the pathways to find one of these beauties flowering.

Snap a photo and let us know what else is fruiting and flowering in the Botanic Gardens.

Fitzalania heteropetala, commonly known as Orange Annona is flowering and fruiting in the Orientation Garden and is one of the plants for sale at the Botanic Gardens Information Centre. It is the host plant for two butterflies; the Spotted Green Triangle and the Pale Green Triangle Butterfly. Ask us to point it out... you may also see one of these local butterflies flying nearby.
Corymbia ptychocarpa, commonly known as the Swamp Bloodwood Tree is flowering in the Australian Showcase Garden. The flowers are borne in large clusters on the outside of the tree. Colours range from very pale to dark pink and these are followed by large woody capsules. While the Swamp Bloodwood Tree mainly flowers in summer and autumn, some flowers may be present anytime throughout the year. Red-tailed black cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets and a number of other birds, bees and butterflies just love these flowers.
Asteromyrtus symphocarpa commonly known as the Liniment Tree is flowering in the Australian Showcase Garden. It naturally occurs in far north Queensland. It is a shrub or small tree, growing five to 10 metres high. It has fine delicate weeping foliage, which smells of menthol when crushed. This species attracts bees and butterflies.

What's on display in the Lagoons Gallery? 

'Gardens Captured’ by Photo Walkabout Group

This is the second exhibition for the Botanic Gardens Photo Walkabout Group, showcasing a selection of fantastic images captured within the  Botanic Gardens grounds during the Photo Walkabout workshops. 

This exhibition is available for viewing until Sunday, March 28, in the Lagoons Gallery within the Botanic Gardens Café. The café is open Tuesdays, 9am to 1pm, Wednesday to Friday, 9am to 2pm, and weekends 8am to 4pm.
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Paint and sip

Last weekend of each month
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Meeting Room

If you are looking for something different to do with your friends, consider joining Jo-Ann for one of her paint pouring workshops.

All materials are provided and your first beverage is included in your ticket price. No experience or artist talent required, just the willingness to have a go and let the magic happen.

To find out more, contact Jo-Ann at
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Native Plants Queensland - SGAP Mackay branch

Are you interested in local native plants?

Native Plants Australia SGAP is a regional branch of Native Plants Queensland. They hold monthly meetings, propagation days, planting bees, plant sales and more. Visitors are welcome to attend meetings.

For more information on meeting dates and locations, email

Birdlife Mackay monthly bird surveys

Birdlife Mackay holds monthly bird counts in the Botanic Gardens to assist in monitoring the status and trends of local bird populations across the Mackay region.

If you are a keen bird lover/ bird watcher, we would love you to join in!

The next bird survey in the Botanic Gardens will be held on Friday, March 26, at 6am. Meet the group at the viewing deck (next to the café).
Contact Birdlife

Friends of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Association Inc. 

Garden Friends are made up of nature lovers, gardeners, artists, photographers and others who get together for social activities, guided walks, working bees and many other activities.

The Friends have a focus on learning more about plants and gardening as well as supporting Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and its ongoing development.

Investigate your interest! To find out more, please contact Maya Harrison on

Self-guided school education resources

The Botanic Gardens have self-guided education sessions on offer in the Botanic Gardens for primary school years, Prep to Grade 6. 

All resources are free and are linked to the school curriculum HASS and science subjects.

For more information, please contact Kim, Visitors Services Officer on 4952 7321 or email
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