City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane

4.6
#6 of 50 in Parks in Brisbane
Enjoy an afternoon in Brisbane's premier public park. City Botanic Gardens offers 20 hectares (49 acres) of rare and unusual plant life, including cycads, Queensland nut trees, and jacarandas. Tour Bamboo Grove, stand over ornamental ponds, and view the "Jemmy Morrill and the Brolgas" sculpture. The Riverstage hosts numerous events throughout the year, so check the schedule before you come. Weekdays generally provide much more solitude than weekends do. To visit City Botanic Gardens on your trip to Brisbane, use our Brisbane trip builder tool .
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  • Large park very close to the city centre. I enjoyed walking around the park on the many footpaths. Plenty going on if you like people watching. Amazing variety of plants and trees to look at as well a...  more »
  • We visited the gardens an both days of our stay. They are quiet and tranquil, packed with wildlife and really well looked after. A must during your stay in Brisbane.  more »
  • The Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit they are very pretty, it is a lovely walk and there is so much to see and they are fairly near the centre of town, just a nice walk, good exercise.  more »
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  • Brisbane City Botanic Gardens is a wonderful spot to relieve some stress due to heavy workload or study load. Have your own me-time, hang out with friends, or (date with the ones who love natural view. This place is also family-friendly and stroller-friendly. You may bring your children to one playground with lots of interesting things for them. Or if you love capturing beautifully arranged flower garden, there is one circled, outdoor garden in the middle of the Botanic Gardens. (People sometimes got their crazy pose for their photos, he he he). If you see tall bamboo spot, you better not take that way. You will find that-not-pretty-good smell of birds' poo while walking ON their poo. :D One more thing, as this place is more suitable for outdoor activities, do not forget to check the forecast. I once went there with 35% chance of raining (just to take some gloomy pictures), but ended up having heavy rain. (Only one bad luck, could not be generalized to all conditions.)
  • I love to walk through these gardens. Adjacent to the water, they offer peace and tranquillity in nice surroundings. Do get to the ponds, and the waterfront. Enjoy the view to the cliffs across, or the various birds encountered on land or pond. Sit down on one of the many benches and ponder your next steps. Also smell the flowers, of course... depending on what season you're here.
  • 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.
  • This place is just plain beautiful. There's so much of it - whether you're a reader or a writer, a jogger or a someone just trying to get fit, a personal trainer or a physiotherapist... There's a spot for you. There's sunny corners and shady nooks and I appreciate the effort to keep it clean. I often stretch out on these benches like a lizard and study.
  • 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.

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