There’s so much to see and do at Mt Coot-tha’s green leisure precinct, but you might be surprised at just how much there is once you scratch the surface a little further! Whether you want to get loud at a group music workshop or simply marvel in solitude at plants from across the globe, do something a little bit different in Brisbane this weekend – the lifestyle and leisure opportunities are endless.
The great outdoors
You’ve heard of bushwalking or trail-biking the tracks at Mt Coot-tha, but did you know you can live out your Saddle Club fantasies and take the mountain on horseback for a different perspective? BYO horse, of course! Or if you’re more comfortable on-foot and are looking to learn something along the way, join one of the free guided discovery tours and be taken on a gentle journey through the botanic gardens by one of the friendly volunteers. The Outdoor Sculpture Trail Walks in the gardens is yet another way you can take your sight-seeing to a more abstract level.
Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to fit it all in. If you’re after an out-of-this-world experience, then a late-night Friday screening at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is what you need. With a new projector for even greater clarity, the shows will leave you starry-eyed and amazed! Or, try and get a bit more hands-on by taking your own photos of the nightscape from the summit. Make it a night out by packing a picnic to share while you snap some pics – or leave the cooking to the restaurant nearby!
Get creative among nature
Regardless of age or ability, there’s no muse like nature to spark your creativity and at Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha, you have that in spades! Come and enjoy the great outdoors at a Music and Movement session with your little ones and other parents while you move and make music together all the while encouraging learning and grow through musical play. Fancy yourself as the next Picasso? You can host your own art exhibition in Mt Coot-tha’s Richard Randall Art Studio and show off your skills. Or if you prefer to admire the talent of others, check out the website to see what’s already on instead.
Have you ever realised that plants are so much more diverse than we often think? Whether you fancy yourself a bit of a green thumb already or are curious to learn a bit more, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha is more than just your regular suburban green space and is the hub of all things horticulture! It’s home to thousands of species of plants from right across the world and offers various displays like the Tropical Dome, Bonsai and Fern Houses, the Fragrant Garden and an Arid Region (and don’t forget the Hide ‘n’ Seek Trail for the kids).