THE iconic Mt Cotton Rainforest Gardens will be closing its doors to the public on Monday May 14.
The 10- hectare property on the eastern slope of Mt Cotton has been in the Goleby family for 31 years, and has spectacular views from the top, east to Moreton Bay, west and north to Logan and Brisbane.
The venue is closing as Betty Goleby, the operator of the popular wedding and function venue is retiring and due to health reasons.
Her late husband John Goleby, originally a Redland Shire Councillor then later State Member for Redlands and Cabinet Minister in the Joh Bjelke-Petersen government in the 1980, bought the property as his and Betty’s home. John was tragically killed in a tractor accident in 1985 while working on the landscaping on the property.
After John’s death, Betty developed the gardens and landscaping on the property and since 1997 the property has been known as the Mt Cotton Rainforest Gardens. It has been a venue for weddings, community fundraising functions, naming ceremonies and even memorial services.
The extensively landscaped gardens have also been popular with tour groups and the award-winning gardens have been included in the Open Garden Scheme for several years with the Redlands Blue Care the recipient charity.
The property is expected to be offered for sale in the near future.