- Parks and Gardens Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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After you've admired the sweeping views at the Brisbane Lookout, Mount Coot-tha, walk (or drive) about 1.5 miles northeast to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha. At this 138-acre subtropical conservatory, you'll find a host of native and exotic plants, not to mention the largest collection of Australian rainforest trees in the world. Within the garden you'll come across several themed spaces, including the Japanese Garden, the Lagoon and Bamboo Grove, the Fern House and the Fragrant Plants and Herb Garden – all containing different varieties of plantlife. When you're not admiring the spectacular flora, see if you can spot the fauna: Visitors say you'll likely come across iguanas and other reptiles, not to mention plenty of insects and birds.
Past visitors said the gardens provided a beautiful setting for kids to burn off some energy. The Brisbane City Council also offers a "Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail" with surprises and facts for youngsters to discover as they make their way through the garden. And do be sure to bring your camera since this outdoor attraction boasts plenty of photo-op-worthy spots, including areas with superb views of the city.
You can navigate the garden yourself using the Brisbane City Council's recommended map. Or, consider participating in a free volunteer-led walk. The hourlong walks leave from the Information Centre at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every day except public holidays. The gardens, meanwhile, are open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. between September and March and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. between April and August. Amenities found inside include a library, a planetarium, a cafe, restrooms and several picnic areas. Entry is complimentary, but note that vehicles are not permitted within the gardens on weekends and public holidays or after 4 p.m. on weekdays. If you're not coming from the Brisbane Lookout, you can take the No. 471 bus from the CBD or park for free in the property's lot. To see more information about garden events and to download a visitors' map, check out the Brisbane City Council's website.
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