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Travel the world at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens

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Yash, MM and Dhara Patel getting ready to explore the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.

Exploring the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens offers more than a great day out with a worldly travel adventure awaiting plant lovers.

This #ParksWeek2020, take the time to explore the gardens, with an abundance of hidden plant gems from right across the globe just waiting to be found.

According to Botanic Gardens area supervisor Cody Johnson, visitors can view plants from Japan, China, the Philippines, America and more when wandering through the gardens.

“We are very lucky to have such a diverse range of plants here in the gardens here in Bundaberg which features plants from all around the world,” he said.

“For example, you can travel to the Philippines and see the Ylang Ylang tree, famous for its perfume sold across the globe.

“Or take a walk through the Moon Gate and absorb the cultural influences of the Chinese Gardens.”

Cody said visitors could also experience tropical America by checking out the world's largest Heliconia species.

“Our Giant Red is the tallest species of Heliconia in the world,” he said.

“These impressive plants are in the same plant family as bananas and ginger and feature an amazing red flower during the spring.”

Botanic Gardens
The Heliconia is a very bold flower and often used as more of a “statement” piece. It ranges in shades of yellows to reds and deep oranges.

Cody said the South American Peanut Butter Tree, featuring fruit that tastes just like peanut butter, was also a must see as was the rare the Isis Tamarind.

He said there were plenty of other areas that showcased the natural foliage of the world.

“You can literally travel anywhere in the world in the Botanic Gardens,” he said.

“Our sandpaper vine archways are from Central and South America, we have fan palms found only in Queensland and our Friendship Grove is full of different plant species from all over.”

And if travelling around the world isn't enough of an adventure, Cody said visitors could also go back in time to when giant reptiles and dinosaurs roamed the earth.

“We have a great range of prehistoric plants which dinosaurs were said to have eaten when they roamed the earth millions of years ago.”

Botanic Gardens
The Cycad is part of the prehistoric plants that can be found in the gardens.

To find out more about the Botanic Gardens and all of the amazing plants featured, go to the Discover Bundaberg website here.

The Botanic Gardens is located on the corner of Mount Perry Road and Young Street, Bundaberg North and is open seven days a week.

Find out more here.

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