Brisbane Botanic Gardens
When it comes to gardens in Brisbane, visitors are spoiled for choice. Brisbane’s botanic gardens are known for their remarkable collections of subtropical flora, and there are lush parks and gardens in every part of the city.
The magnificent Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha (Mt. Coot-tha Road, Toowong), about seven kilometres outside the city, should be your first visit. This major tourist destination, which offers panoramic city views, is a favourite with locals and visitors alike.
A tour across 128 acres of horticulture takes you through a variety of themed gardens. The magnificent Japanese gardens and the world’s biggest collection of Australian rainforest trees, as well as areas dedicated to aromatic plants, bamboo, cactus, indigenous plants, and more, are among the highlights.
The Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail through the jungle will delight budding botanists, and you can take advantage of the free guided hikes and minibus trips. The best part is that admission to the gardens is free. Stop by the Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha, which is just a four-minute drive from the gardens.
Garden enthusiasts should also make time to visit the 17-hectare City Botanic Gardens, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (147 Alice Street, Brisbane). This tranquil retreat and popular picnic area is conveniently located in the heart of the city. Lily-topped ponds, fountains, bamboo gardens, river vistas, and big fig trees give the ideal getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Do you have a bunch of wiggly youngsters with you? Parkland on Roma Street is a great place to visit (1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane). This 39-acre municipal park is jam-packed with activities for kids, including innovative playgrounds, colourful themed gardens, and free guided garden tours.