Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha facilities and services

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha open daily from 8am-6pm in summer (September to March) and 8am-5pm in winter (April to August). There are numerous picnic areas available throughout the gardens. Dogs are not permitted in the gardens.

Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Access to the gardens (via pedestrian entrances) remains open to the public 365 days per year.

The gardens include the Queensland Herbarium, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Mt Coot-tha Library and the Gardens Café. Each of these facilities have their own opening hours.


The Auditorium is available to hire for horticultural and art and craft shows and exhibitions. Parties, wedding receptions, or similar functions are not permitted. For information about fees and hire, read the Auditorium hire terms and conditions.

Find out about upcoming events at the Auditorium.

For more information about the Auditorium, phone the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha on 07 3403 2535.

Botanic Gardens Café

Located in the beautiful botanic gardens, the café offers light meals and refreshments and is open:

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.00pm
Saturday 8.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday  8.00am to 4.00pm

For more information phone 3871 3028.


The Queensland Herbarium is the centre for research and information on Queensland flora, vegetation and plant communities.

Herbarium staff are involved in the discovery and naming of around 30 newly discovered Queensland plant species each year.

The Herbarium holds about 830,000 preserved plant specimens in its collection. The species are mainly from Queensland and represent more than 245 years of history.

You can visit the plant identification area at the Herbarium. For more information visit the Queensland Herbarium website.

Mt Coot-tha Library

The collection at the Mt Coot-tha Library includes books and magazines on horticulture, natural science, botany, environmental and astronomy topics.

Located in the Administration building, the library is open:

  • Tuesday to Thursday - 10am-4pm
  • Friday, Sunday and Monday - 10am-3pm
  • Saturday - 9am-4pm.

Picnic areas

The gardens are a great place for picnics. Facilities include picnic tables and seats in shaded areas. There are also toilets and drinking fountains throughout the gardens.

There are no barbecue facilities. Note: the Kitchen in the Gardens cooking facilities are for the exclusive use of garden workshops only.

Richard Randall Art Studio

Richard Randall Art Studio is a restored, heritage-listed building in the Bamboo Grove. The art studio is a gallery space only and can be hired for exhibitions and workshops.

Fore more information and hire periods, refer to our Richard Randall Art Studio page, or phone the Community Halls team on 07 3407 0811 during business hours.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is Queensland's largest planetarium. It provides an important educational resource for adults and children. The planetarium features a range of astronomical shows and displays. Ticket prices apply.

Last updated:6 January 2020
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