Before leaving home I checked the website and was a little sceptical about going given the admission cost but those doubts were completely nullified when we arrived and were greeted by the amazing staff, Lucy the cockatoo and the spectacular grounds. And then we had the bird aviary experience.
Thirty plus minutes in the 1000 sq m aviary where we were free to roam, to hold, to pat, to become a pirate or to be completely overwhelmed/freaked out by the countless varieties and personalities of the many birds who call Maleny Botanic Gardens home.
Ned was interested in the tiny little birds mostly walking on the ground - we were kind of freaked out that we might squash/step on them. He wasn't too keen on the larger birds who like to just fly up and sit on your shoulder or your head. Birds of all sizes all seem to live in harmony and the keeper obviously absolutely adored them. Ned was a little champion but it all got a little bit much for him towards the end of the 'tour'.