New Bonsai House project - Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha

Artist's impression


Brisbane City Council is pleased to announce that the new Bonsai House at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha is now open.

The project was a key Council commitment under the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Master Plan. The new Bonsai House provides family-friendly opportunities for activity and relaxation for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Project summary

This table is a project summary of the project information for the new Bonsai House at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.
Address Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha (next to the Japanese Garden)
Ward Pullenvale
Project outcomes Deliver a new Bonsai House
Latest update End of construction

About the project

The Japanese practice of bonsai is performed to encourage contemplation in the viewer and patience in the gardener.

The original Bonsai House was built and opened in 1999, making it more than 20 years old when construction on the new Bonsai House commenced. It is a popular destination for tourists and school children, with volunteers regularly holding events in this attraction.

The new Bonsai House puts Brisbane on the map as having one of the largest publicly owned bonsai displays in Australia.

Works included:

  • a new Bonsai House structure
  • a pavilion to showcase the collection
  • a contemplation platform for viewing the Japanese Garden
  • a walled entry courtyard
  • a workshop area for training and education
  • all abilities access.

The new Bonsai House features locally sourced stone as well as recycled and sustainably sourced native timber, and is fully accessible, allowing everyone to view the displays and engage with activities that are on offer.

The Kobe City Government and Kobe City Assembly Japan-Australia Association donated a Japanese Stone Lantern and two Japanese Bonsai Pots to commemorate the opening of the Bonsai House and to acknowledge the special relationship formed in July 1985 with its Sister City, Brisbane. These donations are on display in the new Bonsai House courtyard.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 during business hours
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside of business hours
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Bonsai House upgrade
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 13 December 2022
Topics: mt coot-tha

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