Noosa Botanical Gardens and Lake MacDonald

Poinsettia winter rose

I’ve mentioned a couple of times over the last couple of weeks that I’ve been struggling a tad of late. I’m behind in delivering my novel, and a few other bits and pieces are getting on top of me.

After giving myself a talking to I’m beginning to get on top of things again. What has also helped is that I’ve been forced to take a couple of days off – the last two Tuesdays – in the day job. It’s a reduced hours covid thing, but something that has occurred right at the right time for me. Last week it rained, but this week we packed some soup, sandwiches and a thermos of hot water for tea and off we went to explore Noosa Botanical Gardens at Lake MacDonald.

The first thing you need to know about this place is that it isn’t in Noosa. It is, in fact, just out of Cooroy in the Noosa Hinterland. The only other thing that’s worth knowing is that this place is beautiful.

In fact, it’s so beautiful that I’ll do a bit of showing rather than telling.

Note to self: come back in the summer when these poincianas will be a mass of red flowers.

If you want to know more about the gardens and its history, check out this link.

Author: Jo

I write, I bake, I chase sunrises.

41 thoughts

  1. Noosa was so good we visited a few years ago. If i remember rightly we stayed in a place called tewantin. Had a lovely harbour there. Never went to the gardens maybe next tine.

    1. They’re quite a hidden gem – we’ve lived on the Sunshine Coast for 3 years and have only heard of them in teh last 12 months.

  2. How beautiful Jo. I really can’t wait to visit my son and my grandchildren in Noosa when things get better and we can travel. They have only been there for one year so I have visited just once. I didn’t see these gardens but will definitely visiting them next time. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. I’ve yet to meet a botanical garden that I haven’t loved and yours looks delightful. Wonderful that you could take a little picnic and really enjoy the break and the beauty. Glad you’re also getting on top of things again – there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re constantly playing catch up.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 😊

  4. I love visiting botanical gardens – we always take the kids wherever we travel. It looks like gorgeous weather for you too, shame the rest of us can’t visit Qld yet! I hope you enjoyed the break and I am glad you are getting on top of things again. All the best!

    1. Hilariously we need to get to Canberra and Tubarumba and can’t leave the state. It’s a tad ridiculous.

  5. The gardens are truly stunning. I have been going to the local parks and watching the baby birds grow. It is lovely to take time to just stand and stare.

    1. As for the getting behind, I think it’s a COIVD thing. It’s taking me forever to do the simplist things. I have more time and getting less done. I did write two stories but they really went down to the deadlines (competitions). I started this really great YA covid novel and got to day 15 and it’s left untouched even though I have the plot line mapped out and I really like the idea. I just have to write it. And now as we ease out of restrictions, I’ve probably missed my market. Sooooo, while I understand, I’m going to crack the whip and say DON’T be like me!! Get on with it, lady! 😉

  6. Hope your feelings of overwhelm are easing a bit with the reduced work hours Jo. What a lovely place you took us to, many thanks for the delightful colours and gardens. I had no idea about these botanical gardens. #mlstl

    1. I feel as though I’m beginning to get back on top of things. Thanks Deb. Now I just have to finish this blasted book!

  7. Jo, What a beautiful place! Glad you had time to visit the gardens and lake. Nature has the turbo power to recharge us quickly. Thanks for sharing your stunning photos. #lovin’lifelinky

  8. Beautiful photo’s Jo! I don’t think I’ve ever been there but I’ll make a point of going there next time I’m up that way. I’m glad you’re getting on top of things. Overwhelm can be the pits!

  9. There are so many little gems nearby – it’s funny how we think of only ‘far away’ travel as the new things, the thing to do. A few years ago my inlaws came with me to a festival in our local botanical gardens and they had never been in them before at all – after decades of living nearby. I couldn’t believe it. And I was glad I made them come along haha

  10. Just beautiful Jo and the photos are the perfect way to show off the natural beauty of the botanical gardens. Sometimes we just have to pack up and take off for the day don’t we? Glad you are feeling more on top of things and thanks for sharing these glorious photos with us at #MLSTL.

  11. What beautiful gardens, Jo. Thank you for the virtual tour. Sometimes the Universe gives us just what we need. Enjoy! #MLSTL

  12. What a stunning spot and those pictures speak for themselves! It looks like a throughly restorative day out!

    1. It’s such a lovely spot – you can check it out for yourself when you finally get up here.

  13. Getting out of the house and our heads…and literally getting into nature changes me every.single.time. This was a great idea and I can see how magical a place it is. Sometimes, getting started to FINISH is about ‘doing those hard things” isn’t it? And as we know procrastination is actually a B*tch! Denyse

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