Brisbane’s best gardens

Brisbane’s beautiful gardens are ready to be discovered. Whether you’re keen to find a new walking location, have a picnic or BBQ with friends, or just let the kids run free amongst nature, we've got you covered.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha

Only 7 km from Brisbane’s CBD, Mt Coot-tha’s botanic garden is positively overgrowing with opportunities to explore stunning sanctuaries and unusual gardens. Breathe in the fresh air of the Fern House, Zen out in the Japanese Garden or stop and smell the (plants) in the Fragrant Garden.

This September a new garden to explore opens at the gardens; the Physic Garden. Preceding botanic gardens, physic gardens can be traced back to as early as 1334 when medical practitioners used them for their pharmaceutical benefits and restorative properties. Check out the Physic Garden these school holidays and discover a fascinating take on plants for health.

Sherwood Arboretum

One of the most visited parks in Brisbane, this beautiful 15-hectare green haven boasts sweeping views of the Brisbane River. With a boardwalk through mangroves that features geese and turtles, and the ultimate native tree display - Sherwood Arboretum is Brisbane’s living collection of Queensland flora.

Created in 1925 and heritage listed to protect and conserve, it holds more than 1000 trees that comprise of over 250 species. Expect to see Queensland lacebark, Kauri pines, Burdekin plum and many more. No wonder this site is popular for special events!

Don’t want to take the car? This outdoor oasis is just a 2-minute walk from Sherwood train station.

City Botanic Gardens

Located at the southern end of the CBD, the City Botanic Gardens features stunning views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge, beautiful gardens and lawns, ornamental ponds, a 23 species bamboo collection and plenty of space to walk around and take in the ambience.

The flowers in the formal annual garden are carefully selected for the season and the manicured hedges line the pathways ensuring many photogenic spots.

Roma Street Parkland

Stop and smell the flowers as you journey through a rainbow of extravagant blooms at Roma Street Parkland’s Spectacle Garden.

Here you can immerse yourself in the green paradise of 1200 mature trees, 250 ferns, 1800 unique plants, 350 palms and more than 100,000 shrubs.

With a worm and compost facility also onsite, it’s no wonder this award-winning space always looks so lush.

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Last updated:24 October 2019
Topics: green