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Botanic Gardens Beautiful Walk

When:

Sun 27 Sep 2015, 3:00pm–5:00pm

Where: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, 9 Lagoon Street, West Mackay, Mackay Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: peterjfl

A Green Oasis In the Heart of Mackay

Whether you are a plant enthusiast, bird lover or just someone with an interest in nature, you will have an opportunity to indulge your passion on this Beautiful Walk.

This short walk will reveal the huge diversity of local plant life that has been established in the Regional Forest area of the Botanic Gardens. There are bush foods such as the Orange Annona (pictured), the Blue Quandong, Native Ginger and others to tempt your taste buds. The Orange Annona has deep purple, almost black, flowers and a beautiful orange fruit. It is a member of the custard apple family and tastes quite similar. In addition to tasting good to humans, the tree provides food for at least two butterfly species.

The walk is very easy and suitable for people of all ages. We will spend most of our time in the rainforest section of the gardens where it is shady and very peaceful.

The Regional Forest is a project begun by the Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP) well before the Botanic Gardens was established. Members of SGAP still maintain it. It is now quite mature and one of the most picturesque locations in the gardens. The walk will include commentary by Botanic Gardens staff as well as members of SGAP and Birdlife Mackay.

The Lagoons, which are the central feature of the botanic gardens, are also home to waterbirds such as spoonbills, egrets and jacanas. Birdlife Mackay volunteers will be on hand to help people spot our feathered friends.

The Beautiful Walks program is an environmental education activity that receives funding support from Mackay Regional Council’s Natural Environment Levy.

To RSVP for the walk, please visit http://www.mackayconservationgroup.org.au/botanic_gardens_beautiful_walk