Gardens and Precincts
The Parkland is open to visitors 24 hours a day (apart from the Spectacle Garden and rainforest walk, which are open from dawn until dusk), and is cared for by our knowledgeable team of horticulturalists and volunteers. It is one of Australia’s best contemporary comparative display gardens.
The Parkland is divided into a number of distinct precincts, each showcasing a specific type of subtropical flora in comparison with other species from around the world, and it is this feature that distinguishes it from other parks and gardens in Brisbane, and indeed the world.
With over 16 hectares for the public to explore, Roma Street Parkland plays host to a stunning array of facilities, function spaces, and recreational areas – read on for details. If you’re interested in hiring one of Roma Street Parkland’s spaces for an event, submit an enquiry form now. To find a location for any of the below spaces, check out the official Roma Street Parkland map.
Spectacle Garden in Colin Campbell Place
Bursting colours draw visitors to the heart of Roma Street Parkland: its famous Spectacle Garden. Known as one of Australia’s most incredible garden spaces, the area is a breathtaking walkway of highly designed flowerbeds, artworks, and water features.
An ever-changing display of seasonal blooms transform the garden with breathtaking displays of patterns and colours. The flowerbeds weave around shaped shrubs and ornamental grasses, forming eye-catching sculptures of lavender, hedged lilly pillies, herbs, and much more. Making your way through the Spectacle Garden’s winding pathways will lead you to fascinating features: The Spring, a trickling brook modelled after Brisbane’s original water source; the Topiary garden with animal-shaped hedges; and the Rainbow Serpent, a collection of crotons sculpted into the figure from the Aboriginal Dreamtime.
There are many incredible details that make this garden one-of-a-kind – but one thing’s for sure: it’s a spectacle to behold.
The Rainforest and Fern Gully
Cross through the misty Fern Gully Bridge to leave city life far behind. On the other side, you’ll enter a subtropical rainforest, with towering ferns looming overhead.
Forget trips out of town: Roma Street Parkland whisks visitors away to Queensland’s wondrous rainforests in just one step. As they descend the sloping circuit, a thick green canopy of woven ferns and figs transports visitors far away. Loud, urban noises are replaced by bird calls and rushing water, and the nearby car park disappears, masked by views of luscious greenery and native wildlife.
As visitors move down from the rainforest canopy to the floor below, a trickling man-made creek welcomes them into Fern Gully, a thick green forest of ferns, figs and native plants. Local birds swoop over the flowing water as you explore the shaded Fern Gully Tunnel and discover the precinct’s impressive King Ferns, the Angioptresis evectra and Gymea Lilly.
Why wait for your next holiday to relax? The spectacular Lakeside Precinct draws corporate workers, tourists, families and solo adventurers to its shores every day of the week. The sunny area offers a first-class retreat without needing to leave the city, attracting visitors with green lawns that stretch around a glittering, man-made lake.
Enjoy a waterfront picnic on Forest Meadow or treat the family to a hot meal at one of the free barbecues. If you’re keen for a stroll, wander the lakeside boardwalks to see paddling ducks, wetland plants, and wide-reaching Pandanus trees. Within the lake, visitors can spot schools of Silver Perch, Freshwater Mullet, and the rare Lungfish, a large air-breathing fish that can live for up to 100 years.
As a wet licensed area, visitors are able to consume alcohol in the Lakeside Precinct daily between 10am and 8pm with a substantial meal.
A towering wall of crashing water marks the entrance to the spectacular Celebration Precinct. Graced with the sprawling Celebration Lawn, it is one of Roma Street Parkland’s focal attractions and considered the best lawn in Brisbane. This area also plays host to a variety of events throughout the year. Crossing the bridge between the cascading water walls will lead you to the lakeside barbecues, the main BBQ area for the Parkland surrounded by gorgeous frangipani trees and the jumping salmon water feature.
The Upper Parkland
Formerly known as Albert Park and originally gazetted in 1877, the Upper Parkland offers views over the city to the Brisbane River and Mt Coot-tha. With lush green lawns and sweeping paths, the gardens are typical of the simplified planting of renowned horticulturist Harry Oakman alongside the Parklandss heritage trees, some of which are over 100 years old.
Easily accessed from Wickham Tce, the Upper Parkland leads visitors to the Amphitheatre, Children’s Garden and the Harry Oakman Pavilion, one of the Parkland's favorite wedding locations.
Roma Street Parkland is proud to host the Queensland Greats Wall, which holds the plaques presented to the recipients of the Queensland Greats Awards.
Each year, the Premier awards this honour to extraordinary Queenslanders who have contributed to the history and growth of our state. These individuals and organisations are commemorated on walls near the Carriage Shed. For information on the people and organisations featured on the Queensland Greats wall, visit the Queensland Greats Awards website.
A big brass band? A local rock group? Shakespeare? Whatever your taste in music or theatre, our 1200-seat Amphitheatre plays host to a range of concerts and theatre productions throughout the year. To find out what’s coming up soon, visit our what's on page.