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Japanese Tea House

"The Garden of Stillness and Movement"

The importance of nature in Japanese culture is showcased in this traditional ornamental landscaped garden and Japanese Tea House.

The Japanese Tea House was built in 2000 by Shiggeru Shimatzu, using traditional Japanese methods.


Lake Tondoon

Lake Tondoon once formed part of the Tondoon Dam, which served as Gladstone's water supply from 1916-1945. The old pump station and intake tower can still be viewed below the dam wall.









The arboretum, or collection of trees, is located near the front of the gardens. Although from their placement they may appear to have been planted by hand, the blue gum seeds were washed down from the lake when the dam wall was breached in 1968.



While at Tondoon Botanic Gardens, discover the plants from the Port Curtis Region and Far North Tropical Queensland.

Venture through the Dry and Wet rainforests and discover an array of wonderful plants with more than 3,000 species in cultivation.

The Gardens also houses an endangered species flora collection. The Curator, staff and Friends of the Garden volunteers preserve plants that are unique and special to the Port Curtis Region.

The prime display area has plantings arranged in the following categories:

  • Taxonomic groupings in which plant genera are grouped together
  • Geographic groupings containing plants from the same area
  • Ecological groupings, where plants which occur in similar ecological situations are grouped together.









Throughout the Gardens there is an array of fauna that inhabit the area. When you walk through the Gardens keep an eye out for the wildlife, you never know what you may see.


Birds by lake include Darter, Pacific Black Duck, Purple Swamphen, Grebe, Dusky Moorhen, Ibis, Cormorant, and Magpie Geese.

Venture through the Gardens as you may spot Southern Boobook Owls during the day, Brush Turkeys, Finches, Kingfishers, Cockatoos, Blue Faced Honeyeaters, Pied Currawong as well as Kookaburras.

Although this is not an extensive list of the birds that are in the Gardens, on your next visit bring some binoculars and have a look for yourself of the array of birdlife that is here.










Tondoon Lake's most popular turtle is the Krefft's Freshwater Turtle. This turtle is one of several native Australian short-necked turtles and is unique to eastern Queensland. Krefft's turtles can grow to around 30 cm in length and live for more than 20 years.