City Botanic Gardens improvement works - Brisbane City | Brisbane City Council

City Botanic Gardens improvement works - Brisbane City

Brisbane City Council is progressing with planned improvement works to the City Botanic Gardens as part of the City Botanic Gardens Master Plan.

Developed in 2015, the City Botanic Gardens Master Plan identifies ways to best showcase the garden’s heritage values and protect them for future generations. This plan aims to improve operation, amenity and connectivity of the gardens.

It 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.


Address City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City
Ward Central
Project outcomes This project aims to improve operation, amenity and connectivity through the gardens and to the Brisbane River for a variety of park visitors.
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About the project

The improvement works will ensure the gardens remain an enjoyable and well-managed park and is a:

  • place of many experiences
  • place of knowledge and history
  • connected and accessible place
  • place of sanctuary and enlightenment
  • place with a global reputation.

Construction projects currently underway may require temporary footpath closures or temporary changed access to facilities and attractions in the gardens. Where required, detours and signage will be in place to ensure continued access for visitors to the gardens. 

Current upgrades

Edward Street entry upgrade

The Edward Street entry upgrade works will include:

  • formalising a spacious paved entry node from Edward Street that opens up the views of the Gardens with direct access from Edward Street into Queen’s Park Field
  • rerouting the Alice Street pathway to the edge of Queen’s Park Field that will connect straight to Bunya Walk
  • relocating existing lighting 
  • adding planting space allowing the Alice Street tree collection to be expanded.

Council has identified a small number of trees and shrubs that need to be removed to facilitate the new pathway, which will be replaced with specimens selected by the Curator to enhance the living collection.

Works will be undertaken at night at the Edward Street entry and Queens Park Field, from 

7pm to 5am Sunday to Thursday, weather permitting. 

Works are expected to be completed by late July 2019, weather and construction conditions permitting. Stage two is anticipated to be undertaken in late 2019.

Hills Avenue boardwalk

The Hills Avenue Boardwalk works will include:

  • piling works for foundations
  • construction of steel and timber structures
  • carpentry works for decking and integrated seating
  • electrical works
  • turfing and modifications to garden beds.

As there will be noise impacts during piling works, Council will temporarily close the playground when these works occur to ensure the ongoing safety and comfort of playground users. Signage will be in place to advise prior to the temporary playground closures.

Works commenced early April 2019, and is anticipated to be complete mid-2019.

Water reticulation

We're replacing the ageing water reticulation infrastructure in the gardens to ensure water security and best practice water usage for the gardens and its historic plant collection. 

Works started in early 2019 and are anticipated to be completed in late 2019.

Information kiosk

Council has partnered with Multiplex to deliver a new information kiosk for the City Botanic Gardens.

The new information kiosk will be located near the gardens border with QUT’s Main Drive, in an elevated flood free position to take in the wonderful views of the gardens.

Construction began mid-January and will be underway until mid-2019.

The volunteer guides will continue to operate from and conduct their free guided tours from the existing rotunda at the gardens’ Albert Street concourse while the new facility is being built.

Once completed, the new facility will provide:

  • a larger, more modern and accessible building 
  • shaded areas and seating for visitors.

This new kiosk will replace the current ageing rotunda kiosk used to accommodate the gardens volunteer guides. This vital service provided by a dedicated group of 40 volunteers enhances the visitor and tourist experience of the gardens.

Multiplex will deliver the new building as part of their Social Action Plan to provide community infrastructure for the city. Works are expected to be completed by mid-2019, weather permitting.

Completed upgrades

Rainforest works

In September 2018, Council completed stage one upgrade works to the rainforest area of the gardens. These new works improve accessibility into this wonderful cool subtropical area of the gardens.

Works included:

  • raising and refurbishing the historic Bandstand Pavilion and constructing a new floor that is level with Bunya Walk
  • installing three new boardwalks
  • improving the existing asphalt path.

Wayfinding signs

In May 2018, Council installed new wayfinding signage at the five main entries to the gardens. The signs provide visitors with clear and up to date information on the features and attractions in the gardens.

Cycle racks

In June 2017, Council installed cycle racks at six locations throughout the gardens. You can find these cycle racks at entry points and close to major facilities.

Each cycle rack has the capacity to accommodate up to four bicycles. Providing cycle racks improves the gardens’ connectivity to the inner-city network without compromising the quiet character of the gardens.

More information

If you would like to ask questions or find out more about the City Botanic Gardens improvement works you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 (during working hours)
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (outside of working hours)
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    City Botanic Gardens improvement works project
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
17 April 2019