The Maleny Botanic Gardens, known as the “Jewel of Maleny”, is an unforgettable experience that you should plan to enjoy on one of your holidays. In addition to being a chance to explore exquisite botanic gardens that are an adventure as you see what nature has to offer, it has an amazing Aviary where some of the birds will actually come to rest on your shoulders, and you and your children can have personal encounters with special animals.
Open from 9:00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. seven days a week and only closed on Christmas Day, the Gardens currently cover twelve of the 110 acres that situated high on the hillside with amazing views of the Glass House Mountains, lakes, ponds, streams, mini-falls and larger waterfalls. Be sure to bring a camera along for the numerous chances to take spectacular photography.
As you are hiking the six kilometers of pathways through the pristine rainforest and up to a majestic lookout, you will be able to view thousands of colorful plants including roses, orchids, annuals, azaleas and some of the rarest of the world’s cycads. Cycads are seed plants characterized by a woody and stout trunk. They have a crown of large, stiff and hard evergreen leaves, and the trunks vary in size from a few centimeters to several meters tall. Some specimens in the world are known to be as much as 1,000 years old.
The huge Aviary, named Bird World, was only recently opened on November 16, 2013. Guided tours several times a day allow you to walk through and be up close and personal with the magnificent array of approximately 360 native and exotic birds of all sizes such as peacocks, macaws, finches and many more from all around the world.
The animal enclosure is also a favorite. In addition to turkeys, chickens, ducks, and others, there are the miniature animals: Pippen the donkey, Sparky the horse, Queenie and Ginger the alpacas, Snowflake the billy goat and Bah Bah the sheep.
A unique specialty is the Devonshire Tea, which is served any time during the day in one of the gazebos that overlook the Gardens, lakes and mountains. The tea is served with two date and wholemeal scones, which is the only food option being offered at the present time. If you desire, you can bring a picnic to soak up the serenity and peace of the tranquil setting.
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