Hide ’n’ Seek Children’s Trail | Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Set in the leafy exotic rainforest of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, the Hide ’n’ Seek Children’s Trail leads kids on an exciting and engaging adventure of discovery to uncover the secrets hidden in the forest! This is a fantastic route for kids to take to learn more about their natural environment and to get amongst nature in a really fun and interactive way.
Getting to the Children’s Trail
Head to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at the base of Mt Coot-tha, where you will find free parking and free entry to the gardens. Make your first stop the Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre, which opened in September 2017, and is located near the cafe and main carpark. Here you can collect maps, seek further information on the trails, facilities and picnic areas in the Mt Coot-tha precinct and make a quick toilet stop.
From there get the kids to follow the signs to the start of the trail. You will pass attractions such as the Tropical Dome, Fern House, Japanese Garden and Bonsai House along the way, so be sure to explore these areas too.
When you arrive at the start of the trail, you can collect the free Children’s Trail brochure created by council especially for kids. Kids will love trying to follow the colourful map to navigate the forest paths. The brochure gives them a checklist of things to spot along the trail, as well as amazing facts and information about each feature so they can learn all about what they find. Engaging questions are posed about the different features of the setting to encourage children to think about their surroundings. Upon completing the trail, kids can answer the multiple choice questionnaire to test their knowledge. There is even a lovely colouring-in page for kids to complete at home.
Along the trail
The Children’s Trail takes kids through the exotic rainforest as they try to spot numbered markers to observe and find out about the fascinating features of the forest, including plants, trees and cool creatures. The trail gets kids engaging with the natural surroundings and taking in everything from the fungi on the forest floor to the leaves and wildlife of the high forest canopy. Kids will love discovering all the secrets of this special setting and will soon be racing ahead of you to spot the next marker on the trail!
Learn about all the plants and trees of the rainforest, from fungi to ferns, palms and gum trees to a spiky floss silk tree. Walk through forests of tall bamboo and play a tune on the brilliant king fern xylophone. There are lots of weird and wonderful things to see and learn about!
Kids can see live stingless bees, and (thankfully not live) giant bugs! Spot the croc in the creek and try to find the musical bats hanging from a tree. And make sure you check the fallen log to see what’s hiding inside!
With other creatures and extra surprises along the way too, kids will have to keep their eyes peeled to uncover all the secrets of this magical forest wonderland. We especially love the funky interactive metal cray.
Fun at the gardens
With lots more things to do with kids at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha, pack a picnic, sunscreen, hats and water bottles and enjoy a full day of FREE family fun! You can find maps and brochures at the gardens or download them online here and here, and set off on an adventure.
You can read our full review of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha to find out more about what to see and do to make your visit a great day out for the whole family.