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.

This is a part of our plan to create more to see and do in a clean and green Brisbane, providing more opportunities to enjoy Brisbane’s beautiful climate and connect with family and friends in the places that make our city great.

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.

The plan also considers ways to improve access to the river’s edge, balances the need for activity and tranquility and connects to other open spaces in the city.

Summary

This table provides summary information about the City Botanic Gardens improvement works including address, ward, project outcomes and latest update.
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.
Latest update

In progress

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About the project

The improvement works will ensure the gardens remain an enjoyable and well-managed park. 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 from Edward Street into Queen’s Park Field
  • rerouting the Alice Street pathway to the edge of Queen’s Park Field to connect to Bunya Walk
  • relocating existing lighting 
  • adding planting space to allow the expansion of the Alice Street tree collection.

Council has identified a small number of trees and shrubs that need to be removed. These will be replaced as part of the upgrade.

Works will be undertaken at night at the Edward Street entry and Queens Park Field, from 7pm to 5am Sunday to Thursday. 

From Monday 10 June 2019 to late June 2019, the Edward Street entry to the City Botanic Gardens will be closed. Pedestrians and cyclists wishing to enter or exit the Gardens at Edward Street will need to use the Albert Street entry, via Alice Street. These works are required to complete the Edward Street entry upgrade as part of the City Botanic Gardens improvement works.

View the pedestrian and cyclist detour map.

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 project involves constructing a new raised timber boardwalk through the avenue historic weeping fig trees to protect their roots and improve connectivity across the Gardens including to the all abilities playground and Queens Park lawn.

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.

Works are anticipated to be complete mid-2019.

Water reticulation

Council are replacing the ageing water reticulation infrastructure to ensure water security and best practice water usage for the gardens and its historic plant collection. 

Works are anticipated to be complete in July 2019.

Information kiosk

Council has partnered with Multiplex to deliver a new information kiosk for the gardens. The new kiosk is located near the gardens border with QUT’s Main Drive. It is in an elevated flood-free position with views of the gardens.

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

Construction is expected to be complete late 2019, weather permitting.

Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and River Hub projects

Read more about the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and River Hub projects also underway at the City Botanic Gardens.

Completed upgrades

The following works have been completed:

  • rainforest works stage 1 - September 2018
    • works included:
      • raising and refurbishing the historic Bandstand Pavilion
      • constructed a new floor that is level with Bunya Walk
      • installing three new boardwalks
      • improving the asphalt path
  • wayfinding signs - May 2018
    • installed wayfinding signage at the five main entries to the gardens
  • cycle racks - June 2017
    • installed cycle racks at six locations at entry points of the gardens and close to major facilities.

More information

For 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.
Last updated:6 June 2019