After eight major floods had swept through the City Botanic Gardens between 1870 and 1974, Brisbane City Council decided to establish a new botanic gardens. The open woodland area on the eastern slopes of Mt Coot-tha was selected as a suitable flood-free site.

Work to build the gardens at the foot of Mt Coot-tha began in 1970 and in 1976, Brisbane Botanic Gardens was officially opened.

The now well-established 56 hectare gardens feature more than 200,000 plants representing approximately 5000 species from around the world. Plants are displayed in subtly changing thematic and geographic communities.

In 1985, work commenced on the 27 hectare Australian Plant Communities collection. This area, starting with the magnificent Bunya Forest, offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to view Australian native plants.

The newest edition to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha opened in May 2015. Delivered as part of the Legacy Way tunnel project, this four hectare area includes a conservation walk, kitchen garden, new lagoon and children's playground.


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