Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens REVIEW, Benowa
The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens have something for everyone – whether you’re a gardening guru or not! Free to visit, you can smell, touch and taste plants and flowers in the Sensory Garden, discover butterfly friendly plants in the Butterfly Garden, smell the roses and find out about all the varieties in the Rose Garden, check out the Bush Tucker gardens for ideas on edible plants, play in the playground or grab a coffee in the cafe.
The Sensory Gardens are split into 5 raised garden beds, located beside the Feature Lake. Entirely accessible, there are information signs and speakers at each of the garden beds, and visitors are encouraged to engage in the sensory experience. Walk along the boardwalks around the Feature Lake over to Coffee @ the Gardens café, run by The Friends of The Gardens and while simple, serves everything you need – coffee, cakes, sandwiches, drinks and ice-creams.
Close to the café, the children’s playground is very popular on the weekend for children’s parties, with ample space to set up shade marquees, toilets nearby and the playground. While the playground isn’t fenced, it is situated far enough away from the road and in the middle of a big field that kids have room to run and play without needing to watch for cars.
Further on from the playground is the entry to the Bushtucker Garden, Butterfly Garden and other points of interest. The circuit around the sensory garden, café and playground is an easy walk and not too far if you needed to push a pram or carry a child. It was also ideal for little kids riding trikes or scooters.