Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
in West Mackay, just off Nebo Road, The Mackay Botanical Gardens are
relatively new yet are filled with beautiful plants and wildlife native
Queensland. Opened in 2003 on the site of what is commonly known
as the Lagoons, the development has extensive pathways, a wide variety
of vegetation and boardwalks across wetlands.
It is claimed that the Lagoons was Mackay's first water source and
the "water works" was built on the lagoons site early in the
Twentieth century. At the main entrance after leaving the car park,
, visitors will find an information office and restaurant, plus there
is a children's playground, bikeways and drinking fountains.
Now that we have the information side of things out of the way, let's
have a good look at what there is to see. If you like plants, flowers
and trees there are beautiful specimens all over the gardens.
can enjoy a large variety of ducks, geese and other native birds, plus
keep a sharp lookout around the edges of the lagoons for platypus and
tortoises. Our image at the top of this page depicts the lagoon with
a tortoise nest. If you click that image you will get the larger view.
the Southern end, near the Mackay
Tourism Centre at the City Gates, there is a lovely commemoration
to the South Sea Islander Community, complete with ceremonial long hut,
traditional sculptures, fruit and coconut trees.
At the end of Lagoon St, there is an extensive array of children's
swings and playground equipment. A special area has been set aside for
the Mackay Maltese community, with cacti, plants and a structure of
considerable beauty much like a Roman Arch, where one can quietly sit
and look down on the lagoons.
There is a viewing platform behind the Lagoon Restaurant some 10 meters
high, great for bird watching, and park benches scattered around the
Botanical Gardens which are good for a rest or just to admire the natural
beauty of the surroundings.
The Botanical Gardens are maintained by the Mackay City Council with
the assistance of many hard working volunteers called Friends
of the Gardens. If it wasn't for this volunteer group, the gardens
would never have been established and the people of Mackay owe a huge
thank you for their valuable contribution.
Mackay Botanic Gardens Information:
- Entry is free. Gardens are open to all during daylight hours
- Car Parking is available near the main entrance, at the South Sea
Islander exhibition and at the northern end near the children's playground
- All pathways are accessible for disabled persons
- Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash. Please use doggy
- Gardens Administration is open weekdays from 9am until 5pm
- The Lagoons Cafe and Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday 1000 to 1500,
weekends from 0900 to 1600. Closed public holidays.
- The Tropical Shade Garden and The Fernery is open from Monday to Friday,
0900 to 1700. Closed public holidays.