Exploring the wonders of Brisbane Botanic Gardens has been one of my best memories together as a family. There's so much to see and do on this 138 acres of Brisbane's Subtropical Botanic gardens.
I recently read a study that said, being in a forest or garden for 1 hour can be very therapeutic for stressed and depressed individuals. Even if you aren't stressed or depressed, I still think it's such a great place to unwind and spend quality time with the special people in your life.
I've unofficially declared this attraction as one of Brisbane's wonders and definitely recommend anyone to come and spend the day here, and you'll see why.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens
History Of The Garden's
Brisbane has two botanic gardens, one in the Central Business District (CBD) and the other at Mt Coot-tha.
The City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane’s first botanic gardens, were established in 1855 on a riverside site set aside as a botanic reserve in 1828. This land initially supplied food for the penal colony when Brisbane was settled by the early Europeans. Later, as a botanic garden, it trialled crops and other plants from around the world that were suited to growing in Brisbane’s climate. These gardens are now regarded as the cradle of Queensland horticulture.
A second site for a botanic gardens was needed after several major floods swept through the City Botanic Gardens, damaging valuable plant collections. An open woodland site nestled into the eastern slopes of Mt Coot-tha was selected seven kilometres from the city centre as a flood-free alternative.
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha are recognised as Australia’s premier subtropical botanic gardens, displaying distinctly different gardens arranged in thematic and geographical displays. Founded in 1970 and officially opened in 1976, the 56 hectare (138 acres) botanic gardens feature more than 20,000 plants representing approximately 5000 species from around the world. Arid, tropical and temperate plants, both native and exotic, thrive there.
This was an excerpt from the Botanic gardens website.
Getting Here, Parking And Entry
Entry and Parking to the gardens is totally FREE.
The Gates are open every day of the year from 8am-5pm. However, the gates are closed for vehicle access on weekends and public holidays. You can still access the gardens on foot and there is free parking outside the Sit Thomas Planetarium situated at the entry to the gardens.
There are plenty of ways to get to the Botanic Gardens. If you're visiting Brisbane and you need are driver, I recommend Uber. Alternatively, you can catch a train to Toowong Train Station and catch an Uber to the Gardens which is an 8 minute drive from the station. Here's the Train Journey Planner to help you plan your trip.
Things To See And Do
If you are planning to eat while you are there you could either pack a picnic and sit at one of the many picturesque picnic spots or dine at the Botanical café.
There are also a number of drinking fountains and toilets throughout the gardens.
Free guided walks leave the information desk at 11am and 1pm, Monday to Saturday. They also offer free guided group walks but you'll need to pre-book in advance.
Free Minibus tours operate between Monday to Friday and you'll need to call the office to find out the departure times. (07) 3403 2535
The children's hide'n'seek trail which has some amazing sights to see, even for us big kids. I personally found it quite educational and fun at the same time.
Here's a Map of the Gardens.
Tropical Display Dome
Lagoon and bamboo grove
Australian Plant communities
Hide'n'Seek Children's Trail
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Other Places To Visit
- Mount Coot-tha Lookout - 3 mins
- Sir Thomas Planetarium - on site
- Lone Pine Sanctuary - 10 mins
- South Bank Parklands - 12 mins
- The Wheel of Brisbane - 12mins
- Roma Street Parklands - 11mins
Have you been to the botanical gardens? have you got any tips and advice to share?
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