Gardens' facilities and services

Mt Coot-tha - Pullea stutzeri

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha are open every day of the year from 8am - 5.30pm in summer (September to March) and 8am - 5pm in winter (April to August). There are numerous picnic areas available throughout the Gardens. To protect the plants, dogs are not permitted in the Gardens.

The Gardens also include the Queensland Herbarium, Planetarium, Mt Coot-tha Library and Botanical (cafe, functions, events). Each of these facilities has its own opening hours. Find  more information below.


The Queensland Herbarium is the centre for research and information on Queensland flora, vegetation and plant communities.

Herbarium staff are involved in the discovery and naming of around 30 Queensland plant species each year.

A collection of about 775,000 preserved plant specimens is held at the Herbarium. The species are mainly from Queensland and represent more than 230 years of history.

You can visit the plant identification area at the Herbarium. Group tours are also available. 

Plant identification

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens also offers a limited free plant identification service. You can take your plant specimens to the reception area of the Gardens' Administration building for identification. Plant specimens need to include leaves with flowers and/or fruit.

When you deliver the specimens, you'll need to complete a Request for Plant Identification form.

Plant Census 2010

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Plant Census 2010 provides information about the collection of plants in the gardens. This is organised by family, genus and species.

To obtain a copy of the census, phone the Botanic Gardens on (07) 3403 2535.


As Queensland's largest planetarium, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is an important educational resource for both adults and children.

Visit the Planetarium website for more information, including shows.

Picnic areas

Picnic tables and seats in shaded areas, as well as toilets and drinking fountains, are located throughout the gardens.

Botanical: cafe, functions, events

This beautifully refurbished cafe and function centre has an enormous open-air deck which overlooks the Bamboo Grove and Temperate Garden lagoons.

Open seven days per week from 8am to 5pm serving breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages. Visit the Botanical Cafe website for more information or contact the cafe on (07) 3371 6685.


The collection at the Mt Coot-tha Library includes books and magazines on horticulture, natural science, botany, environmental and astronomy topics.

Located in the administration building, the library is open:

  • Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm
  • Friday to Monday, 10am to 3pm