City Botanic Gardens attractions
The City Botanic Gardens are located close to the city centre and are Brisbane's original botanic gardens. You can view the many attractions within the gardens including the:
- Bamboo Grove
- cannon (serial 63914)
- Jemmy Morrill and the Brolgas sculpture
- ornamental ponds
- river frontage
- Walter Hill Fountain
- Weeping Fig Avenue
- all abilities playground.
You can also view the City Botanic Gardens image slideshow.
The Bamboo Grove is a collection of 23 bamboo species. It was planted to commemorate the bamboo collection that was lost in 1937. This occurred when the gardens' Fern Island attraction was drained and filled as a result of mosquito complaints.
This cannon, serial 63914, was cast in 1803. In 1909 it was moved from Queens Park to Cameron Rocks Reserve by Hamilton Town Council. In 1954, it was relocated again and set up at the Bulimba power station on Gibson Island. In 1982 it was swapped with another cannon restored by the Naval Cadets. The cannon was reinstated in the City Botanic Gardens in 2015. It faces the Brisbane River next to the pathway near the Alice Street entry.
The sculpture is of a 22 year old seaman, Jemmy Morrill, who was the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef in 1846. Aboriginal people found him and he lived with them for 17 years before returning to a European settlement in the Bowen district. He went on to play an important role in improving relations between the Aboriginal people and early settlers.
In 1972 the fountain was named the Walter Hill Fountain as a tribute to the first gardens' curator. A plaque was attached to its base. In 1995 conservation work took place and in June 2005 the fountain was once again open to the public.