Brisbane Parklands and Gardens

Brisbane boasts stunning, lush open green spaces designed to allow us to enjoy our sub-tropical climate and celebrate our outdoor lifestyle.

Did you know that Brisbane is the most diverse bio-city in Australia and a leader in urban renewal? Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Australia’s new world city … our Greeters can take you there!

Experiences may include:

Parklands at South Bank

South Bank Parklands

South Bank Parklands comprise 17 hectares of lush gardens and lawns lining the southern bank of the river. Wander through the bougainvillea-covered Grand Arbor and explore the cobbled laneways of Stanley Street Plaza before enjoying a spot of alfresco dining or bring your own feast and relax at the picnic spots.

Rainforest, water, grassed areas, promenades, Streets Beach, the Wheel of Brisbane, The Courier-Mail Piazza, Nepalese Peace Pagoda, restaurants, shops – you’ll find it all at South Bank Parklands.

Flowers in bloom at Roma Street Parklands

Roma Street Parkland

The Roma Street Parkland site has a long and colourful history. Long before European settlement, its central location and natural reservoir made it a popular meeting place for several indigenous groups.

The Roma Street Parkland area transports the visitor on a tranquil journey through several precincts. Wander through the Spectacle Gardens' (a tribute to the visionary Colin Campbell) winding pathways with its ever-changing seasonal display of gorgeous blooms, or the Lake Precinct with its wide-open lawns, lakeside walkways and resident ducks. The Forest and Fern Gully offers the chance to explore a subtropical misty rainforest in the centre of Brisbane, while the Celebration Precinct features artwork, a living mural and a dramatic water wall.

COuple walk through city Botanic Gardens

City Botanic Gardens

The City Botanic Gardens were not only the site for Brisbane’s original botanic gardens, they were the site of the colony’s first farm, with the soils relentlessly toiled by convicts. For thousands of years before that, they were an important meeting place for local Aboriginal people who were of course the first to recognise the richness of the natural food supply. 

The City Botanic Gardens were officially established in 1855 with the appointment of the first superintendent, Walter Hill. At this time, the Gardens were used as an experimental farm and educational establishment. Hill was responsible for introducing to Queensland mangoes, pineapples, paw paws, custard apples, sugar cane, tobacco, ginger, coffee and many types of nuts and grape vines.

Mt Coot-tha Gardens on show

Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha

Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens, Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha (located at Toowong) offer visitors a living museum of native and exotic plant collections. These gardens are also home to the largest collection of Australian native rainforest trees in the world.

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens officially opened in 1976 after eight major floods swept through the City Botanic Gardens between 1870 and 1974. Major features include: Tropical Display Dome, Japanese Garden, Bonsai House, Fern House, Arid Zone and Cactus House, Exotic Rainforest, Australian Rainforest, Fragrant Plant and Herb Garden, Temperate Garden Lagoon and Bamboo Grove, Australian plant communities, National Freedom Wall and the adjacent Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.

Couple walk through New Farm Park

New Farm Park

New Farm Park is located on the river’s edge in one of Brisbane’s oldest suburbs – New Farm. Originally known by the Aborigines as "Binkin-ba" (meaning place of the land tortoise) and extensively used as a food source by the Aborigines, the area later derived its name from the fact that the peninsula was used as a farming area – the second designated convict-laboured farm.

Today, enjoy the magnificent surrounds that include a gorgeous heritage rotunda, spectacular rose gardens, grand old fig trees, and colourful jacaranda trees that shed a soft purple carpet each spring. The historic Brisbane Powerhouse, situated right next to New Farm Park, is also a must-see, playing host to live arts, weekend farmers' markets and moonlight cinema (seasonal).

Down by the river at Newstead Park

Newstead Park

Newstead Park is home to Newstead House, Brisbane’s oldest (1846) surviving residence, located on the banks of the Breakfast Creek where it joins the Brisbane River and John Oxley made his discovery. It is a significant historic park, host to the commemoration of the Battle of the Coral Sea each year, with a number of war memorials and monuments located throughout the expansive grounds.

Unmissable near the driveway entrance is the talking history tree, a magnificent hollowed-out Cunningham fig believed to be 200 years old. Newstead Park also offers a number of treats to fire one’s imagination – you may think you are seeing things indeed when you stumble across the Alice in Wonderland Park section – spot the tree with the secret door, the giant chess board, and the magic mirrors.