Roma Street Parkland#4 in Best Things To Do in Brisbane
It's the largest urban subtropical garden in the world, but travelers just think of Roma Street Parkland as a slice of urban reprieve. Roma Street Parkland, which stretches across nearly 40 acres, is divided into five distinct districts: the Spectacle Garden at Colin Campbell Place, the Celebration Precinct, the Forest and Fern Gully, the Lake Precinct and the Upper Parkland. Some of the most popular areas include the Forest and Fern Gully and the Upper Parkland. True to its moniker, Fern Gully features a rainforest with verdant ferns, bubbling creeks and walkways that will lead you into the lush forest canopy. Families should retreat southeast of this area if they want to explore the Upper Parkland, home to the children's playground, amphitheater and the Harry Oakman Pavilion.
No matter what area you explore, past travelers said you'll find well-maintained gardens at every turn. To make the most of this beloved park, take a free hourlong guided walk. Tours leave from an information center known as "The Hub" (located in the center of the park) at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily.
You'll find Roma Street Parkland a little more than a mile northwest of downtown Brisbane near the Roma Street light rail station and several stops for the free Spring Hill Loop bus. Travelers can also drive or bike to the park, which has fee-based parking spaces and complimentary bicycle racks. On-site amenities include bathrooms, barbecue areas, a water feature and a concert venue. Roma Street Parkland is free to visit 24 hours a day. For more information about the property's gardens and facilities, check out Visit Brisbane's website.
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#1 Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha
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.
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