The City Botanic Gardens (formerly the Brisbane Botanic Gardens) is a heritage-listed botanic garden on Alice Street, Brisbane City, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was also known as Queen's Park. It is located on Gardens Point in the Brisbane CBD and is bordered by the Brisbane River, Alice Street, George Street, Parliament House and Queensland University of Technology's Gardens Point campus. It was established in 1825 as a farm for the Moreton Bay penal settlement.
The Gardens include Brisbane's most mature gardens, with many rare and unusual botanic species. In particular the Gardens feature a special collection of cycads, palms, figs and bamboo.
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Karen R | Jan 29, 2018
Beautiful big trees (great for shade during summer!), lovely to stroll through. Irrespective of the season there is always something pretty or unusual to look at. Love taking a blanket and book and forgetting the world while reading under the shade of one of the many magnificent trees.
mamalvrr | Mar 3, 2018
Nice big park/garden to take your family or even with a few friends. Big playground for the kids. We went there on Friday morning and it was pretty empty, us parents even had fun playing with the kids as the playground has lots to offer for them. The gardens are very pretty with all different kind of flora and the duck pond is pretty cool. We found a huge lizard sitting behind us! There is also an Ice-cream Truck with drinks. Restaurants near by as you walk down the street. Recommend to go in Autumn where it is not too warm not too cold because we went on a hot day and with a kid, walking around, we tired ourselves out. We only explored a portion but there is so much to see and do here!
Karen Connelly | Feb 13, 2018
Great to stroll through. A bike ride or maybe a coffee. See all the Old Fig trees and plant life throughout the gardens. Play Ground for children to play and rest rooms also available. Guided tours at specific times. You will need to check with Brisbane City Council.
Suzie Lynch | Feb 26, 2018
On the banks of the river these Gardens are extensive and very beautiful. Lots of waterbirds and water dragons. Enjoy coffee or a meal at The Garden Club while there - very tranquil or visit the Art Gallery at the historic Governor's mansion
Jodie Crosby | Jan 12, 2018
We moored at the facilities beside the Gardens for a week. Totally enjoyed ourselves. Saw a lot of wildlife at all hours of the day and night. Gardens are well maintained and cleaned mowed and trimmed regularly. Popular with fitness enthusiasts and for wedding photography. Lots of open places for kids to run.
Torie Mathis | Mar 20, 2018
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens were amazing to walk through. They paths are well kept, the playground kept the kids entertained and there were many benches and open spaces to relax. We walked around the entire gardens seeing beautiful views of the city and river. The lily pad covered ponds were beautiful, truly a memorable place.
Annette Laurie | Mar 9, 2018
Thought this would be a great free place to go for an hour, instead four hours later we departed having taken in the access to the Goodwill Bridge , views of the river, the mangroves, the lagoon at the top, the Lily pond at the bottom, the various children's parks the bamboo path and many other things in between. We had a fantastic day even having a picnic in the park. This is a brilliant way for anyone to spend a few hours in the middle of the city in a calm oasis of an environment
Moray Nairn | Mar 20, 2018
Tranquil oasis of calm in the middle of the city. With the occasional call of wild birds and gentle lapping of the river tides never far away, this is an ideal escape from urban life. Catch the shade of the fig trees or wander the mangrove swamp walk. The Gardens should be part of every visitor's itinerary.
Julian Fowles | Mar 6, 2018
Such a beautiful spot. There's som many beautiful animals there that are lovely to observe. Although please don't touch or feed them. Birds and turtles and eels and lizards. The flower garden is always changing around depending on the season. It's really good that a lot of the plant and tree species are labelled with names too. Spending time on the chairs by the river is highly advisable.
Travellight | Apr 22, 2018
This is a great park to walk around for a break from the city feel of downtown Brisbane. It is quiet and well kept, and entrance is free. There is a lovely pond dappled in water lilies - look for the enormous eel that lives inside! I also saw a kookaburra here for the first time, and a few other species of birds. There are lovely trees and grassy areas, perfect for relaxing and reading a good book. Definitely worth stopping by.
A Bahrij | Apr 8, 2018
The loveliest garden in all of Brisbane, great place to relax and read in or walk or ride bikes. Plus play areas for children. On weekends there is always something going on. Great little maps for children to fill in and explore. All within easy walk from the city Centre and most hotels. Also there is a brilliant walking and bicycle bridge that links to South Bank. Where there is SO much for family to do. Bring swimsuits as there is a wonderful beach and pool
Anthony Kaihea | May 10, 2018
Amazing place to go and hang out with family. Great for lunch and a break away from busy city life. Plenty of places for the kids to run around and play. Well maintained. Only problem is lack of parking at the park but plenty of public transport options to get there.
Soph E | May 25, 2018
I just love this place. Possibly one of my most loved place in all of Queensland. Love going here for walks or just to chill at one of the benches. It just has that kind of atmosphere where you truly appreciate everything around you - it's calm, relaxing and serene. It's well looked after and really clean. Would definitely recommend a visit. :)
Nicholas Schlobohm | Jun 12, 2018
Great place to go and have a picnic, hang out with friends, or do some exercise. There are often sport classes or soccer games going on which are great activities, and it’s also a lovely place to sit down and listen to some music, enjoying the fresh air. Would definitely recommend visiting here if you need to relax or do some fitness in the sun.
Parthipan Kamaleswaran | Jun 1, 2018
Great to have this luxury in the city. It's pretty quiet and peaceful despite the central location. There are nice places to walk within and also good spots just to stop and contemplate. If you haven't been and you like parks or gardens, stop by. Even if you don't think this is typically your thing, check it out anyways.
Carl Knaggs | Jul 5, 2018
Great place to have a picnic as a family or with a date. Taking the kids out for an easy free day in nature is great. Plenty of opportunity for them to use their imagination, stretch their legs and have a good night sleep that evening. Japanese Gardens and nature walks are really pleasant. The restaurant/cafe is a good size and has a good spread of basic choices. The adjacent Planetarium provides a great opportunity for parents/grand parents to share and discuss the universe and our place in it with the kids. Anything these days that makes us parents appear smart in our kids eyes has to be a good thing. If your kids are like mine (aged 8&10) they’ll love seeing one of the 3D shows in the Planetarium, although the 3D scenes may make some initially feel a little movement sickness: well it did me anyway :). It definitely helped my kids look out at the stars a bit more rather than wanting their iPads. Areas where there could be improvement would include: * The Playground is okay but really needs better sun cover/protection: particularly in the heat of the day. * The toilet facilities could be in greater abundance; however, obviously this is a budgeting balance so it’s understanding. * Diversity of attractions. I believe there is a huge scope to increase/introduce/attract more bird life into some of the new outdoor green houses. Just food for thought anyway. Hope you have a great time.
May Richards | Aug 16, 2018
Never fails to impress. I walked through here early the other morning and was impressed by all the gardeners and other maintenance people quietly going about their business so that the Gardens would be pristine to all visitors during the day. The flowers are blooming and it is very relaxing. It's like an oasis in the busy city. There is also a great little coffee shop tucked away in here for all to enjoy.
Megan Bayliss | Jul 23, 2018
In LOVE. The river walk is amazing. The Hibiscus garden was in full bloom and breathtakingly beautiful. Toilets were clean. Coffee shop decent. Plenty of grass for kids to expend energy. A good healthy and family activity.
Shane Russell | Aug 6, 2018
A lovely place to take a walk early in the morning as the sun is rising or at lunchtime to get away from work for a few minutes. There is a great kids playground, toilets, a few bird species and lots of plants. Guided walks are available during the week. The cafe is overpriced. Watch out for cyclists in the morning and late afternoon on the main path next to the river.
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