Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Allow 1.5 hrs
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Easy (Grade 1)
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A popular park in the Brisbane CBD with views of the river, Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point Cliffs and city skyline, as well as beautiful gardens and a pond.
This heavily trafficked location is a large park bordered by Alice Street, the Brisbane River, QUT Gardens Point campus, Queensland Parliament Building and the Riverstage, in the Brisbane CBD.
There are a number of points to enter the gardens, with the most popular being at the intersection of Alice and Albert Streets. A number of paths intersect and circumnavigate the park.
A suggested route for seeing the entirety of the park is to turn left after entering the main gate on Alice Street and walk toward the river, passing the distinctive Palm Circle on your right.
Follow the ‘Bunya Walk’ alongside the river, with views to the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs. You will also pass the Carron Cannon – an iron cannon cast in 1903 and originally used to defend the new Queensland colony from these very banks of the river.
Continue alongside the river, admiring the aptly named ‘Weeping Fig Avenue’ on your left, near the playground.
Near where the path borders the Riverstage, head right into the Rainforest Section, where you will quickly forget you are in the CBD.
Continue alongside the QUT campus and Parliament building past huge fig trees and admire the view of the city skyline. Round the corner back to your starting point, alongside Alice Street, past Oakman’s Lagoon.
From there, double around to the path on the other side of the lagoon, take a left along the outer ring path and come back to the centre of the park down the also aptly named ‘Palm Avenue’.
Near the Central Rotunda, admire the beautiful garden full of sunflowers and more, before heading through the bamboo grove up ‘Central Avenue’ towards the river.
At the four-way intersection, take a left past the Hibiscus Sundial and then backtrack along the river to your original starting point.
There are also many memorials and sculptures dotted around the gardens, including a flood mark memorial, the Walter Hill Fountain, police memorial, and the Jemmy Morrill and Brolgas sculpture.
Finally, as with any good parklands, there is ample space to relax with a picnic on the grass or in sheltered areas, and many thoughtfully placed benches to admire your surroundings.
Track: Concrete paths, ramps and the occasional stairs, as well as some wooden footbridges in places.
Difficulty: A very accessible park, suitable for all fitness levels. The vast majority of the park is wheelchair accessible.
Direction: There is a web of paths and tracks throughout and around the parkland. Feel free to wander and explore, or to see everything more efficiently, follow the directions outlined in the description above.
The gardens are located in the Brisbane CBD, bordered by Alice Street, the Brisbane River, QUT Gardens Point campus, Queensland Parliament Building and the Riverstage.
There are a number of points to enter the gardens, with the most popular being at the intersection of Alice and Albert Streets.
Others include near the Brisbane Riverstage and city-side of the Goodwill Bridge, multiple places along the border of the QUT campus, and at the end of Edward Street, where it turns to Alice Street.
The park is extremely accessible via public transport (buses and trains).
There is also paid car parking throughout the city, however this becomes very busy at peak times, including weekends and public holidays, and parking along Alice Street is restricted (clear-away zone) at certain times on weekdays.
best time to go
This location can be visited year-round.
It is especially popular on weekends and in the afternoon.
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.
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