Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens is one of Australia’s top ten regional gardens (Australian Geographic, January 2018) and are just a short drive from Gladstone’s CBD. Their tropical, sub-tropical and dry rainforest plants come from the Port Curtis, South East Queensland and Far North Queensland regions.
The gardens opened in 1988 and are not your typical straight edges and manicured lawns. They’re a tranquil balance of natural gardens overlooking Lake Tondoon on a site at the base of Mount Biondello.
More than 200,000 people come through the gates every year to enjoy walks, picnics or special events.
Entry to the gardens is free.
Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and don’t forget sunscreen and insect repellent.
All plants and Garden features are protected, so please do not disturb or move. Domestic animals, including dogs, are not allowed on site or in the surrounding Mount Biondello Forest reserve.
Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens opening hours:
Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens administration hours:
Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens are closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
The Gardens are home to some great art and sculptures, such as:
Also, keep an eye out for the incredible Aboriginal painting in the orientation shelter’s ceiling.
An Orchid House features some of the Port Curtis region’s own native orchid species. Other orchids from different regions will be added to the collection in future years.
Also known as "The Garden of Stillness and Movement", the importance of nature in Japanese culture is showcased in this traditional ornamental landscaped garden and tea house. The structure was built in 2000 by Shiggeru Shimatzu, using traditional Japanese methods.
Did you know - Lake Tondoon once formed part of the Tondoon Dam, which supplied Gladstone’s water from 1916-1945. The old pump station and intake tower can still be seen below the dam wall.
This collection of trees is near the front of the gardens. Their placement looks like they were planted by hand, but the blue gum seeds were washed down from the lake when the dam wall was breached in 1968.
Discover more than 3000 plant species in dry and wet rainforest settings. There’s also a collection of endangered species.
There are three categories of plants:
Wildlife is everywhere throughout the Gardens so keep an eye out! Bring your binoculars to study the range of birds and abundant insect life. Make sure you don't miss the Krefft’s Freshwater Turtle in Tondoon Lake.
This strategic plan has been developed to guide the Gardens’ direction over the next 10 years. It encourages further research and conservation, education, recreational use and development. Council is committed to maintaining and improving the Gardens to a standard valued by the community and visitors and recognised throughout Australia.
The strategy has been informed through previous reports, the direction of botanic gardens elsewhere and consultation with stakeholders including our valued staff and volunteers. It will be implemented through a business plan and funded by Council’s budget.
Gladstone Regional Council adopted the 10 year strategic plan in December 2015.
(07) 4970 0700
8.30am - 5pm Monday to Friday
PO Box 29
Gladstone Qld 4680