Spring has sprung in Roma Street Parkland
Within Brisbane’s buzzing CBD lies a spectacular oasis. Roma Street Parkland’s horticultural heart beats year-round but it is springtime when the gorgeous gardens really blossom.
The picturesque parkland unfurls across 16 hectares of lush grounds in a technicolour tapestry of flowers and foliage that bursts to life each spring.
Roma Street Parkland wears its crown as Brisbane’s largest subtropical garden with pride and panache. Visitors exploring the parkland’s 28 precincts are treated to a stunning springtime display.
One of the most visited – and photographed – precincts is the Spectacle Garden with its ornate floral displays and precision-manicured hedges.
It’s hard to believe Roma Street Parkland was once an industrial railyard. A talented team of botanists, curators, designers and gardeners work with the seasons to keep the parkland in bloom, the efforts of their hard work on full display in spring.
An intricate and impressive planting cycle is timed to bloom in September with a vibrant design radiating springtime splendour.
Pretty pink flowers blossom alongside sunny yellow annuals; purple perennials bud next to clusters of blue blooms as an array of colours streak and swirl through the ornamental garden.
Take a break
The parkland is a welcome respite for CBD workers who take a quick 10-minute stroll from the office for the chance to kick off their shoes, loosen their ties and enjoy a leisurely lunch break. Make the most of your lunchtime visit to the Parkland with these handy tips - click here.
An expanse of lush lawn and shady meadows – as well as free deck chairs dotting the edge of the lakeside – makes Roma Street Parkland one of the city’s most charming lunch spots.
Picnic in the Parkland
Families and friend converge on weekends, lured by an abundance of picnic tables and free public barbecues, to come together, share a meal and reconnect. For more information on picnic and barbecue locations - click here.
There’s ample space to roll out a picnic rug and settle in for a morning playdate at the Children’s Garden or an afternoon in the sun, lazing by the lake.
One of Roma Street Parkland’s greatest assets is its team of knowledgeable and personable volunteers who host free one-hour guided walks at 11am and 1pm daily. For more information about guided and self-guided walks – click here.
Stop to smell the flowers – and spot one of the parkland’s 450 Eastern Water Dragons, taste bush tucker and hear behind-the-scenes titbits – during a gentle and informed stroll.
No two tours are ever exactly alike with each guide eager to tread their own path, visit their favourite spots and share their hidden treasures.
All aboard the Parkland Explorer
Roma Street Parkland Explorer is a trackless train that provides an alternative to guided walks. For one gold coin donation per person, passengers can ride Wednesday to Friday from 10am – 12.30pm and weekends from 10am – 3pm, please note the Parkland Explorer is volunteer run and times are subject to change, please check the pinned post on the Roma Street Parkland Facebook page each week for accurate operation times. For more information about the Parkland Explorer – click here.
The Sound Society
Relax and enjoy free live music at The Sound Society, held one Sunday of each month in the Parkland from 11am - 2pm. Bring along your own picnic, or grab a tasty bite from onsite food vendors. Head to The Sound Society Roma Street Parkland page to see upcoming performer and food vendor details.
During school holidays, Kids Collective offers free activities for kids aged 5-12 years old. There are two classes to choose from on any given day - held from 9am-1pm, Thursday to Saturday over the school holiday period. For more information about the upcoming program head to the Kids Collective page.
A space for all seasons
Roma Street Parkland takes full advantage of Brisbane’s enviable spring climate. From its central position, it welcomes visitors from far and wide; whether for a day of exploration and adventure, or a brief respite amid the bustle of Brisbane’s CBD.
It edges Brisbane Transit Centre as well as Roma Street Train Station and Busway for easy access for commuters and day-trippers. For more information about transport options head to our ‘Getting here’ page.
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