City Botanic Gardens Master Plan
Spanning 18 hectares and 1.2 kilometres of river frontage, the City Botanic Gardens is one of Brisbane’s most treasured parks and a lush, leafy playground for all to enjoy. Opened in 1828, the gardens was home to the first public garden in Queensland and is a place of heritage significance.
After a 2 month public consultation period from August to September 2015, Brisbane City Council has released the City Botanic Gardens Master Plan which identifies ways to best showcase the gardens' heritage values and protect them for future generations. The master plan also considers ways to improve access to the river's edge, balances the need for activity and tranquillity and connects to other open spaces in the city.
Master planning involves Council and the community working together. Council has reviewed all community feedback on the draft master plan. This feedback has helped shape the final City Botanic Gardens Master Plan.
Master Plan vision
- Brisbane's most treasured gardens celebrate Brisbane's unique, rich horticultural history, long-lived trees and subtropical lifestyle.
- Our gardens are world-class, contributing to Brisbane's emerging global reputation as Australia's New World City.
- The river edge and outdoor spaces in the gardens are safe, inclusive and extend opportunities for recreation, reflection, entertainment and learning.
Design principles and opportunities
With a rich history, the City Botanic Gardens has special significance for our community. The following design principles guided the development of the master plan, to preserve and enhance what is important and to extend the benefits of the gardens for all to enjoy:
- provide an exciting riverside public realm
- bring Brisbane's unique cultural heritage to life
- increase accessibility and connection
- enhance Brisbane's subtropical lifestyle
- champion partnerships that increase our global reputation.
For more information, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.
Council runs free guided walks twice daily to share information about the plants and features of the City Botanic Gardens. Walks are taken at a gentle pace for about one hour and leave from the rotunda at 11am and 1pm, Monday to Saturday. Walks are not available Sundays or public holidays. For more information, find out what's on at the City Botanic Gardens.
Brisbane City Council is pleased to announce that improvement works in the City Botanic Gardens in Brisbane City have started and are expected to be complete by late 2018.
The initial improvement works include:
- wayfinding signage installed at the five main entries to the Gardens
- upgrading the water reticulation system throughout the Gardens
- raising and refurbishing the existing Bandstand Pavilion and constructing a new floor that is level with Bunya Walk
- installing three new boardwalks within the Rainforest
- improving the existing asphalt path within the Rainforest.
To find out more about these improvement works visit City Botanic Gardens improvement works.