Information about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld


Mackay to Bowen region

Including Proserpine, Airlie Beach & district

This page will bring you garden-related information particularly relevant to plants and gardening in the Mackay region. For more about gardening in Qld generally, check the menu at left or try the Site Search.


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Torres Strait Islands heritage on display in new Mackay garden

The newly-opened Torres Strait Islands Garden has been developed within the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens to acknowledge the culture and history this community in the region. Design of the precinct reflects the islands' geopraphy and the community's culture and lifestyle, including a meeting place where traditional cooking and feasting can tale place. Source: Garden pays homage to Torres Strait heritage (July 2014)

New Timber Trees Arboretum for Mackay Gardens

A new planting of 75 trees along Lagoon Street of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens will form the Timber Trees Arboretum. Besides provifing an attractive and shady entrance to the gardens, the Timber trees will be educational. Most of the new trees are native to the Mackay and Whitsunday regions and have are significant to the past or future of the timber industry. Some trees will be removed to make way for the installation, but most of these are considered weed species. Source: Gardens plant the seed for education (April 2014)

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Other Links
Queensland Dry Tropics at Grow Me Instead (a website about weedy garden plants and safer alternatives)
ecoMackay Helping residents live more sustainably
Savanna Explorer Information about the savanna regions of northern Australia

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Towns and suburbs in the part of central Queensland covered by this page: Moranbah, Coppabella, Nebo, Eton, Flaggy Rock, Carmila, Koumala, Sarina, Bakers Creek, Walkerston, Mirani, Finch Hatton, Eungella, Calen, Yalboroo, Elaroo, Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Merinda, Collinsville, Glenden, Dysart, St Lawrence

Unfortunately not a lot of other gardening information specific to the Mackay region here as yet. Please take a look around the site (see menu at left) for other information about gardening in Queensland.

Older News

Some older news is retained here as it still may be of interest to residents of the Mackay region.

Mackay's special trees identified

The Mackay Regional Council's new Significant Tree Register identifies more than 500 trees of special value, be it age, size, history or aesthetic qualities. A copy of the register is available for download. Source: Tree register plants the seeds of preservation (July 2013)

Cannonvale Botanic Gardens ready to plant
Planting will start soon at Cannonvale Botanic Gardens. Two themed areas, the "Beach Rainforest Garden" and the "Dune and Swale Garden" will be part of stage one, with stage two anticipated to begin mid 2012. Whitsunday Regional Council hope that the gardens will eventually become a tourist attraction for the Cannonvale and Airlie Beach area. Media release: Planting to start in Botanic Gardens (PDF) (November 2011)

Historic tree vandalised
Mackay's National Trust listed "Leichhardt Tree" has been vandalised. It appears to have been attacked with an axe or similar sharp object. Located on Bluewater Quay, sailing ships were tied to the tree in the early days of Mackay before the warves were built. Police are investigating. Source: Violent act taken out on the region's historic Leichhardt Tree (July 2011)

Work on Meadowlands begins
Development of Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens' Meadowlands project, which will feature plants of the Mackay and Whitsunday region, will start in July. Earthworks for the carpark, access roads and paths and commencement of the Outdoor Performance and Events Centre construction are planned in this first phase. The whole project is expected to take 10 years. Source: Meadowlands commences (June 2011)

Planting guide for cyclone regions
Associate Professor Betsy Jackes has written a guide based on almost 40 years of observations to help residents of north Queensland and Darwin select and cultivate trees with safety in mind. No tree is totally cyclone-proof, but factors such as the leaf type, branching structure, type of root system, conditions at planting and subsequent pruning can also affect their performance in a cyclone. You can find the guide at the James Cook University website here: Choosing Plants for Areas Prone to Cyclones. (March 2011)

Mackay fig provides timely reminder
A large fig tree in Post Office Park, which was damaged in Cyclone Ului, is now so rotten and chances of regeneration so low, that is it must be removed. (Decaying Fig tree poses risk to infrastructure and community). With storm season approaching, Mackay Regional Council is asking all residents to check all trees in their own yards, as weak or damaged trees can be very dangerous. (Will the trees in your backyard withstand a cyclone?) Meanwhile, a decision concerning a replacement for the fig tree will be deferred until designs for redevelopment of the area have been completed. (October, November 2010)

Mackay orchid house revamp a success
The success of the Mackay Regional Council Orchid House refurbishment has been demonstrated by a flowering of the rare Tongue Orchid (Bulbophyllum fletcherianum). Tongue-shaped leaves growing to almost 1.8 metres make this New Guinea native one of the world's largest growing orchids, while the short-lived flowers have a colour and aroma that attract blowflies and carrion beetles. The Orchid House in Queens Park, Mackay, also house 675 other orchid varieties. Source: Rare orchid thrives in newly refurbished Orchid House (July 2010)

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