Gold Coast Botanical Gardens with Kids

Hidden Gem of the Gold Coast for Kids – Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens
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Gold Coast Botanical Gardens

Smack bang in the middle of Benowa, the Gold Coast Botanical Gardens is a FREE attraction with things for kids to do all year long!

The south-west boundary extends down to the Nerang River, the Royal Pines Resort Golf Course runs all along the north boundary and the Benowa Waters residential area is located to the south.

Is there more to do than just look at gardens?

Don’t let the name fool you, the botanical gardens, or Rosser Park as it used to be known locally, also has a sensory garden, boardwalks with views of native wildlife, picnic areas, an off-leash dog area, educational panels, a pond with eels and a spanking new playground.

The park is a great place to let the kids roam outdoors and be reminded of all the beauty nature has to offer, and of course there are also some fabulous garden attractions.

Gold Coast Botanical Gardens plaque

Can we bring scooters and bikes?

There is a large boardwalk that weaves in and around the lake that is perfect for little ones just starting out and older kids looking for more of a challenge.

Mums with strollers can enjoy the serenity because the boardwalks are most flat; they are also suitable for wheelchairs. Keep left because this path is also shared with runners and cyclists.

Nature at Gold Coast Botanical Gardens!

  • You’ll see swans, ducks, native birds, kookaburras, eels, fish as well as butterflies. It’s tempting for little ones to chase such creatures but it’s discouraged at the gardens.
  • You’ll see gorgeous frangrant flowers and trees!  You can also explore local plants in the Mangroves to Mountains Walk.
  • Look for plaques thatt discuss the history of the area and give details about the plants, wildlife and local ecosystem. Older kids will get a kick out of racing each other to panels to learn more.

Gold Coast Botanical Gardens eel

Are there many places to have a picnic?

There are dozens of picnic spots dotted about the garden, some have tables and shade while others are in the open so you’re welcome to bring along a gazebo for shade.

It’s a great place to host a kid’s birthday party so why not pack some chairs and a portable table and get a shady spot near the playground nice and early.

What is the playground like?

A brand new wooden playground opened in late 2016 and it’s fully shaded and offers kids of all ages something to play on. There are 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. The playground surface is wood chips but they aren’t too hard on bare feet.

Gold Coast Botanical Gardens playground

What else is there for kids to do?

Close to the playground is a large bamboo hideout that kids seem to adore playing tag and hide and seek in and around, and just down the hill from the playground is a lake with eels and fish.

Kids will get a kick out of watching the creatures follow them along the embankment, visitors are reminded not to feed the wildlife as it can cause health problems for them.

Can we buy at Gold Coast Botanical Gardens?

Yes indeed, a little known fact is that Coffee at the Gardens is now located on site and offers visitors delicious treats such as ice-creams, smoothies, organic coffee and plenty of treats and gluten-free fare.

It’s 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.

Gold Coast Botanical Gardens kids eating icecreams

The essentials

  • Guided walks are available by contacting the Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
  • Toilets are located at the top of the hill, at the entrance to the gardens and opposite the playground
  • The display garden and lake boardwalks are flat areas, suitable for disability access
  • No skateboarding, trail biking or camping allowed
  • Free to visit
  • Picnic tables, no barbecue facilities
  • Coffee at the Gardens has EFTPOS

The Gold Coast Regional Botanical Garden is located at 258 Ashmore Road, Benowa, opposite Benowa State High School.

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