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.

Master plan

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 (PDF - 5.2Mb), (Word - 10Mb).

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.

Guided walks

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.


This is a map of the City Botanic Gardens. The Gardens are located in Brisbane’s Central Business District and are bordered by the Brisbane River, Queensland Parliament House, Goodwill Bridge, Queensland University of Technology, George Street and Alice Street. Access to the City Botanic Gardens is either from the Goodwill Bridge, Alice Street or George Street entrances. In the Gardens the Lagoons, Queens Park Field, the Information Rotunda, the Baldwin Lawn Playground, the Formal Flower Garden, Soundshell Hill, the Middle Gardens, Residence Hill, the Garden’s club, the City Botanic Rainforest and the Brisbane Riverstage can be found. In addition to this, the gardens are home to the Bunya Walk pathway, which runs along the river fringe of the park.
27 July 2015