Botanic Gardens Beautiful Walk
Sunday 27 September 2015
3pm - 5pm
Meeting at the South Sea Islander Hut to start the walk
Our September Beautiful Walk takes you to a fantastic natural setting right in the heart of Mackay. The regional botanic garden was opened in 2003 but there has been an interest in establishing a botanic resource there for well over a century. Around 20 years ago members of the Mackay Branch of the Society for Growing Australian Plants began planting local species alongside the new rail line. This section is now the most well established part of the garden. We'll undertake a two hour walk looking at the diverse habitats recreated in this garden.
Among the things you'll see are these Tiger Butterflies (pictured) that migrate all the way from Eungella out to the Barrier Reef islands and down as far as Brisbane over several generations. Another is the Tree Omphalea, a species endemic to only three widely dispersed locations around central Queensland. It provides food for the Zodiac Moth. In the lagoon you're also likely to see many waterbirds including egrets and spoonbills.
The walk is very easy and suitable for people of all ages.
Mackay, Qld 4740
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