Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts
The health and wellbeing of the Gold Coast community, our customers and City employees is our first priority.
The City is receiving advice from the Federal Government and Queensland Health on a daily basis to inform our response to the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the city.
The Botanic Gardens visitor centre is temporarily closed and education tours have been cancelled.
Parks remain open with visitors encouraged to take recommended health and social distancing precautions.
From Saturday 16 May the following City park services and facilities will resume:
- all playgrounds, gym equipment and barbecues open
- skate parks and outdoor basketball courts open
- sports fields and parks are open for use by families, friends and members of the same household (up to 10 people) for outdoor non-contact activity. Fields and parks are not open for organised sporting activity such as training and matches.
- park bookings are open for up to 10 people
- Broadwater Parklands is open however the bouncy pillow will remain temporarily closed. Rotary chapel open for weddings up to 10 people and Southport Pier open
- free tree scheme reopened.
Water fountains/bubblers: Based on advice from Queensland Health, these will remain turned on; however users should practice appropriate hygiene. The City will increase cleaning frequency.
Soap dispensers are available in some public amenities in our most popular parks.
Complaints about non–compliance with current social distancing regulations should be referred to Police link hotline 131 444.
For the latest update on City's response visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/covid19
The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are open year round, from dawn to dusk each day.
It's free to visit the gardens, where there’s an experience for everyone - smell and touch plants and flowers at the Sensory Garden, explore our local plants in the Mangroves to Mountains walk, visit the native Butterfly Garden or smell the roses in the Rose Garden.
To find out what facilities are available in the Botanic Gardens including barbecues, shelters, picnic areas and walking trails, view the map of the Botanic Gardens. While planning your visit, you can also view our image gallery.
Fun for the whole family includes a stroll along the boardwalks around the lake, a children's playground or a picnic in one of the many picnic areas.
Freshly ground organic coffee, loose leaf teas and gluten-free treats are also now available every day from the Friends Centre.
Suitable for all fitness levels with flat level tracks.
The Gardens provides a beautiful backdrops for your wedding ceremony, your child’s birthday party or your next social gathering. The Rotary Education Pavilion is also available to book for educational activities only (no private social functions.
Booking information can be found on the Park bookings page.
There are some great games to explore at Gold Coast Botanic Gardens. The Kaialgumm Games Trail takes you to six sites where you can use the QR reader on your smart phone or tablet to find out more about traditional indigenous games and how to play them.
The trail has been designed to teach locals and visitors more about our aboriginal cultural heritage. Playing to learn is something children do all over the world and, here in Australia, Indigenous children traditionally used games to practice skills such as hunting, fighting and even looking after their babies. Many of these games have been handed down for generations and are still played today.
The word kaialgumm comes from the local Yugambeh language of the Gold Coast. The kaialgumm was traditionally the chief in hunting. Practice the games with your friends and find out who is the kaialgumm in your group!
For more information, check out our Kaialgumm Games Trail page or visit the Friends Centre and pick up a brochure.
The gardens are located off Ashmore Road, Benowa, opposite Benowa State High School. The south-west boundary of the park extends down to the Nerang River.
The Royal Pines Resort Golf Course runs all along the northern boundary and the Benowa Waters residential area is located to the south.
There is visitor parking on site and entry is free. If travelling by public transport, Translink's journey planner can help you with your trip.
The Centre is a hub for visitors, community groups and botanical workshops. Open daily between 10am and 2pm, our wonderful Friends of the Gardens volunteers are on hand to answer any questions. Grab a map, one of many fact sheets and view great photos of the gardens.
For more details and maps of the dog off leash and prohibited areas, refer to the relevant park map in Benowa on our Central suburbs - Off-leash dog exercise areas and prohibited areas page.
Dogs must be walked on a leash in all other areas.
Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens is supported by Surfside bus services to the nearby Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre.
From Broadbeach, take the 741 route to Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre, or from Southport, take the 737 route. From Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre it is just a 450 metre walk west to the Botanic Gardens entrance.
Direct access to the gardens is available from 230 Ashmore Road, Benowa. There is plenty of free parking on site. The Gardens are just a 10 minute taxi ride from Surfers Paradise.
The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens has a diverse plant collection. More information is available on the Garden attractions page.
Our display garden and lake boardwalks are flat areas, suitable for disability access.
Accessible toilets are located at the top of the hill, at the entrance to the gardens and opposite the playground.
An excursion to the Gardens is an excellent opportunity for students to further their understanding of the environment, flora and fauna. Visit the Botanic Gardens Education Program page for more information.
Read more about the history of the Gardens on the Botanic Gardens history page.
These beautiful gardens are for everyone to enjoy. We invite and encourage you to smell the flowers, talk to the birds and tour the many wonderful garden areas. Please don’t collect plants or flowers, climb on trees, feed the birds or walk on garden beds. Please be aware there is no skateboarding, trail biking or camping allowed.
Botanical art and craft
First Monday of the month from 10am at the Friends Centre.
Fit and fabulous for the over 50s
Join this fun, motivating and friendly group training session for the over 50s. Improve your posture, balance and strength with this gentle group exercise session. Great for helping to prevent falls. Meeting every Tuesday at 9am. It's just $2 per class. Contact 'Hands on' personal trainer on 0432 692 131 for more information.
Green team volunteer gardeners
Every Wednesday new volunteers are always welcome. Meet at the Friends Centre, 7am to 9am May to September, 6am to 8am October to April. For further information contact the Friends of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens.
Free guided tours of the Botanic Gardens available first Sunday of the month at 10am and third Wednesday of the month at 9.30am. Meet at the Sensory Gardens entrance, no booking required. For more information contact Friends of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens.
Check out the latest news and happenings from the Friends of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens by visiting their Facebook page.
Learn how to propagate and grow native plants in the Friends nursery. Every Friday from 8am to 10am. Meet at the Friends Centre.
Press and preserve
Join the Friends herbarium group to learn more about the native plants of our region. Tuesday and Saturday from 9am to midday at the Friends Centre.
Tai Chi is great for creating strength and health with emphasis on body alignment, relaxation and slow movement. Qualified instructors will guide you through gentle movements for relaxation. Tai Chi times are:
Tuesday: 8am to 9am
Wednesday: 8am to 9am
Friday: 8am to 9am
Friday: 10am to 11am