Thursday, February 1, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Footpath Upgrades Bloom In Botanic Gardens

Footpath upgrade works have commenced this week in the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and are expected to take just over a month to complete.

The work will see three paths upgraded, including:

   • Path 1: Balmoral section, Australian South Sea Islander area to Regional Forest.

   • Path 2: Cremorne section, Palm Walk.

   • Path 3: Summerlands section, main path connection to Malta Garden.

The work is expected to be completed by early March, weather permitting.

Detours will be in place during the work.

Cyclists are asked to stay on the detoured paths and avoid taking shortcuts across the lawns or gardens.

To learn more about this project visit


Living in and around the cloud forest of Eungella, the students at Eungella State School are keen observers of the natural world. They recently participated in Eungella Bird Week activities at the school, run by BirdLife Mackay.

Eungella Bird Week (run every two years in September) highlights the endemic Eungella Honeyeater and involves local and interstate birdwatchers in a citizen science project to survey the number of species and total number of birds in the area.

Eungella State School students (aged 5-12 years) researched local birds and then drew them. The students participated in a school bird survey with the visiting bird watchers who were impressed with their knowledge and observation skills.

You are invited to immerse yourself in this exhibition of colourful, accurate and quirky bird art, and discover other species including the iconic platypus that was spotted during Eungella Bird Week 2023.

This exhibition is on display in the Lagoons Gallery within the Botanic Gardens Café between Wednesday, January 31 to Sunday February 25, 2024.

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