Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail

Children and parents can explore the Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail set in the heart of the shady Exotic Rainforest in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha.

Collect a map at the start of the trail and follow it to make sure you spot all the surprises and amazing plant facts.

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You can also follow Hide 'n' Seek Children Trails in Boondall Wetlands and Downfall Creek Reserve. View or download the maps before you go.

Video

Watch the Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail - Brisbane Botanic Gardens video. If you prefer, watch the video on Council's YouTube channel. This video is 6 minutes 59 seconds in length.

Video transcript

This is a transcript of the Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail video (6 minutes, 59 seconds). 

[Music]

(Female narrator):

In the city of Brisbane, there is a great secret. No, more than that, it’s a place with many secrets. Come with me and we’ll explore this place of secrets together. The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha is our place of many secrets. Walk with me, and look and listen as each secret tells you its tale.

Find a large, sandy-coloured sculpture. Can you see wondrous things carved into its surface? It’s here that our journey begins.

Walk quietly, use your senses.

Walk quietly, use your senses. Can you see me?

I’m black and tiny. I’m very busy visiting flowers to collect nectar. My honey is rich and beautiful.

Can you see me? The stingless native bee.

Walk quietly, use your senses. Can you see me? Come along and be my lunch.

Oh! Excuse me! I should say: join me for lunch. It’s lovely and cool in my pond. Can you see me? The friendly, freshwater crocodile.

Walk quietly, use your senses. Can you see me?

Bamboo is wonderful. You can make it into almost anything. My baby and I love to eat it. The soft, young shoots are so very tasty.

Can you see me? The Panda, with my cub?

Walk quietly, use your senses. Can you see me?

I love spikes. They keep me safe. You can touch them if you like. Gently though; they’re quite sharp.

Can you see me? The Floss Silk Tree?

Walk quietly, use your senses. Can you see me?

I’m noisy at night. But when I’m in this tree, my friends and I make lovely music.

Can you see me? The Flying Fox?

Walk quietly, use your senses. Can you see me?

Cross my bridge, look down. I may be resting on Dragon Island. Sometimes, my other friends come to visit as well.

Can you see me? The Eastern Water Dragon.

Walk quietly, use your senses. Can you see me?

I’m not really crying but I am the home for many creatures. Can you find the babies in the nest? I’m very proud of them. So is their mum.

Can you see me? The Weeping Fig.

Walk quietly, use your senses. Can you see me?

My friend and I love to munch the dead leaves. We are very good at cleaning the forest floor. We’ll give you a ride if you wish.

Can you see me? The Giant Australian Burrowing Cockroach.

Walk quietly, use your senses. Can you see me?

How many rainforest birds can you count on me? Four of my friends have flown out of the forest. Walk right round me; I’m very beautiful.

Can you see me? The Bandstand Mosaic?

Walk quietly, use your senses. Can you see me?

Plants like me have lived since the time of the dinosaurs. I love wet, cool places. You can make beautiful, rainforest music with me.

Can you see me? The musical King Fern seat.

Walk quietly, use your senses. Can you see me?

I like to sleep high in the tree branches. I get very tired from so much eating. I am waiting here to meet you under the shade of the Tallowwood Tree. I would love you to see my joey.

He’s very handsome. He’s called Oliver.

Can you see me? I’m Amy, the Koala.

Walk quietly, use your senses. Can you see me?

Logs in the forest are special places. They are my home. They keep me dry and lots of juicy bugs live there as well. Yum!

Can you see me? The Spotted Quoll. And, oh! Don’t forget my friend, the Bandicoot.

Walk quietly, use your senses. Did you see us all? Come and find us at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. There are more secret friends to find here. You may have to look a little harder though as they are quite shy.

[Music]

Photo gallery

View the Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail photo gallery as a slideshow, or view photos individually in the Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail set in Council's Flickr account.

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Last updated:20 October 2020