Roma Street Parklands
A wonderfully diverse parkland a stone’s throw from the Brisbane CBD with something for everyone including a lake, rainforest, community garden, statues and memorials and so many flowers.
This heavily trafficked location is found adjacent to the Roma Street Train Station in the Brisbane CBD, with multiple entry points along Wickham Terrace and Parkland Boulevard.
A good starting point is by celebration lawn, a grassy area featuring two man-made waterfalls, that is popular with food trucks and picnics. From here begin exploring the parklands in an anticlockwise direction, heading towards Wickham Street.
Pass through a number of gardens, under the shade of towering palms. You will pass a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, before looking down upon the parkland amphitheatre and a small rotunda.
Continue to the Harry Oakman Pavilion, past colourful flowers, for views across the parkland, before reaching the northern end of the park where you will find Memorial Corner (memorials dedicated to the Anzacs and Vietnam veterans).
The City View Saddle offers great views across the lake to the city skyline, before crossing over Fern Gully Bridge and winding down into the rainforest section of the park.
You will then pass the lake, including Pandanus Point and the Flying Duck platform over the lake. Continue to the Spectacle Garden and be amazed by the variety of flowers and the Community Garden.
Finally, pass the Hub and cross over Allee Bridge to Lakeside Meadow – a large grassy area beside the lake that is also a perfect picnic spot. There are also some barbeques by the lake.
There is so much to explore in this parklands that you might want to revisit a few times.
Track: Concrete paths, ramps and stairs, as well as some wooden footbridges.
Difficulty: A very accessible park, suitable for all fitness levels. Much of the park is also wheelchair accessible.
Direction: There is a web of paths and tracks throughout the parkland, but you can largely follow a loop around the park, diverting at times.
The parklands are located adjacent to the Roma Street Train Station, about 5 minutes walk from the Brisbane CBD, with multiple entry points along Wickham Terrace and Parkland Boulevard.
The park is extremely accessible via public transport (Roma Street Train Station or King George Square bus terminal). There is also paid car parking around the parklands, however this becomes very busy at peak times, including weekends and public holidays.
best time to go
This location can be visited year-round.
Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure.
I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.