Frank is the owner from South Africa was looking for a property to create a garden. A big garden

In 2005 he purchased the land that is now Maleny Botanic Gardens but was a rough cattle grazing property at the time.

In 2007 he began to put his vision into action, terracing the slopes, creating waterfalls, lakes, mass plantings, access to rainforest areas and gazebos to enjoy the stunning views, including the Glasshouse Mountains in the background.

In 2009 the major planting began

In Oct 2011 Frank showcased the gardens in the Australian Open Garden Scheme

In July 2012 the gardens opened the gardens full-time to the public, 7 days a week, 9am-4.30pm

In November 2013 the walk through Avairy opens with a wide variety of most species of birds.

Maleny Botanic Gardens currently covers 14 acres on one hundred and ten acres, surrounded by magnificent rainforest with spectacular views of the Glasshouse Mountains.

One of the many waterfalls at the Gardens

The plants are varied from roses, azaleas and annuals to some of the rarest cycads in the world with many waterfalls all the way down the hill in each water course.  


An Aviary covering over 1000 m2 opened on November 16th 2013, currently housing over 300 birds.

From Australian cockatoos and lorikeets to exotic parrots and macaws, as well as animals next door: alpacas, goat, sheep, chickens, ducks and guinea fowl, as well as a miniature horse and donkey.

Entry to the aviary is available through guided walk-through tours offered daily and will introduce you to our wide variety of birds, in a tour lasting 30-40 minutes.


The variety of plants and varied landscape attracts insects, birds and wildlife abounds.  Wood ducks and green wing ducks frequent and share the ponds with swamp hens.  Listen to Wompo pigeons and the many native birds that frequent the gardens. Hear a kookaburra ‘laugh’ and noisy lorikeet’s chatter.  Brush turkeys scuttle about from the rain forest surrounds.  Observe the sleek cormorant dive into a pond or perched on a rock spreading its wings to dry.  Possums breed in nesting boxes originally provided for birds.

We share the gardens with all kinds of amazing wildlife, including snakes at certain times of the year, such carpet pythons, green and brown tree snakes, as well as red belly black snakes, all of which are shy but can be observed occasionally.

Many guest from the Maleny wildlife holiday house visit this Garden as the kids love it.