Anything secretive and secluded can bring a bit of an excitement to your travels and allow you to seek out some breathtaking locations. The Sunshine Coast is a beautiful location in Queensland and is home to some amazing scenery, including some stunning secret gardens. You can take a wander through some amazing floral mazes, lush green walks and beautifully designed gardens. We have compiled a list to help you discover some of the Sunshine Coasts greenest hidden gems.
1. Noosa Botanic Gardens
Located in Noosa about 2 hours’ drive from Brisbane City, the gardens are home to some exotic plant species spread across a generous eight hectares of land. You can sit down and have a picnic in their beautiful open lawns, or visit their picturesque open-air bush chapel to have a moment of quiet. Originating as farmland in the 1950’s, it has been cultivated into some beautiful gardens for all to enjoy.
2. Maleny Botanic Gardens
With views of the glass house mountains in the distance and boasting a large 14-acre space to move around, the Maleny Botanic Gardens are a must-do on the Sunshine Coast. Surrounded by some of the lushest rain forest on the Coast, the gardens have walking paths that pass lakes and waterfalls along the way. It is also home to over 300 species of birds that create a calming natural atmosphere for you to enjoy. Not only does it include birds flying around and a tranquil atmosphere, but there is an animal enclosure where you can get up close and personal with alpacas, ducks, sheep and miniature horse.
3. Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens
These gardens give you an opportunity to step into the wilder side of the Sunshine Coast. With walks ranging from shorter to treks wandering past pools, lagoons and waterfalls, it gives you an opportunity to really get in touch with Australia’s natural wonders. You can stride along and spot some wildlife including possums, koalas and water dragons and end up at the sculpture garden and the Arts and Ecology Centre.
4. Buderim Forest Park
Set in the depths of the subtropical rainforests, you can meander along the wooden boardwalks and bush tracks. There’s a beautiful watering hole where you can cool off after your hike and set up camp to have a snack and observe the nature around you. It is the ultimate summer trekking spot for you and your loved one. After your hike, you can head down to Harry’s on Buderim for an intimate date and a full feast.
5. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
This spot is a little more well known to the locals and tourists who visit the area, but none the less it is just as beautiful and worth the drive to go and check out. It is the last remaining bushland that once covered the Blackall Range. The 55 hectares of rainforest is dedicated to preserving the bio diversity of the area. It is a snap worthy spot that will have you staring at your photos for years to come after your visit.