The City Botanic Gardens are Brisbane's original botanic gardens. The living museum of plant collections features a mix of historic specimens and present-day plantings from Australia and around the world.
The City Botanic Gardens are considered one of the most important non-indigenous cultural landscapes in Queensland. Central to both the city and South Bank, the gardens are only a 10-minute walk from the Queen Street Mall, Central railway station and the South Bank Parklands via the Goodwill Bridge.
Garden attractions include Bamboo Grove, Weeping Fig Avenue, Mangrove Boardwalk and the numerous ornamental ponds. Special events such as music festivals and community celebrations are often held in the gardens. The large, open grassed areas are perfect for relaxing in the sun, having a picnic or throwing around a football.
For all the inside information, walk through the site with a volunteer guide. The walking tours last about an hour and are offered twice daily (except Sundays, public holidays and mid-December to mid-January).
*Updated November 2013