The Botanic Gardens are situated on a 26-hectare property which was established to display plants of the Wide Bay and Sandy Straits regions. Natural bushes, formal gardens and wetlands merge together to provide an environmental delight. Areas of interest include the Japanese Bridge, Bush Tucker Garden, Aboriginal Bush Tucker Garden and the Woodland/Wetlands area. Located within the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, the Orchid House was opened in 2001 and is home to a collection of around 20,000 orchids donated by a local resident. The major seasonal flower displays occur in spring (September - October) and autumn (February - March) with smaller displays every month. There is an small entry fee which includes coffee/tea.