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“Hidden Gem - Beautiful Location and a must for garden lovers...that know what they're looking at”

Noosa Botanic Gardens
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Cooroy
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

Driving around the Sunshine Coast is always exciting, especially when you find a stop that draws you in. The Botanic Gardens at Lake MacDonald are just this type of place.

We followed a sign to "Botanic Gardens" not expecting much, and were blown away by how great these gardens are. They're well maintained and have amassed a wonderful collection of native and tropical plants to make a scent that you enjoy strolling through.

There are BBQ facilities, and places for you to picnic. The amphitheatre would be wonderful for a wedding, if the day treats you right. There are toilets (albeit not maintained to the highest standard) and drinking water is available in the park.

The only downside (if it's a downside) is that there aren't too many plaques identifying the plants in the park, and there are very few maps showing the different areas. If you aren't a gardener, you would still enjoy the look around, but perhaps wouldn't be as impressed (e.g my wife - the gardener of the family - was very impressed that plant X could grow so large near plant Y.... to me it just looked like another plant...)

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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Nice place to visit and good that you can take your dog

Thank Elaine B
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

Beautiful gardens adjoining the lake. Well worth a visit

Thank nikone
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

Was struck with how lovely this place is - an absolute delight. Perfect walks through amazing grounds, well kept.

Thank Jack F
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

just that i have never been to an actuall doo there ...

Thank Gypsearose
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