Maleny Botanic Gardens

Sunshine Coast

This privately owned oasis comprises 18 acres of steep escarpment that has been manicured into a tapestry of paths, hedges, lawns and ponds with sweeping views of the Glasshouse Mountains. Botanical highlights include rare cycads, orchids, roses, azaleas and annuals. The gardens are also home to a trio of aviaries, with 600-plus birds.

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