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Published October 17th 2021
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Precinct
Botanical Gardens Cafe is strategically located in the beautiful Brisbane Botanic Gardens, near Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and Richard Randall Art Studio.
The Botanic Gardens Cafe has ample floor space with many tables and chairs. The cafe has a timber floor, timber beams and timber columns. The windows are large to guarantee luminous views over the green of the Botanic Garden. The cafe is really a great place for large groups, family and anyone who would like to enjoy some refreshments. Botanic Gardens Cafe is family and child friendly, with lots of room for prams.
Make your order, choose your table and enjoy the greenery views from the windows. It is also possible to call Botanic Gardens Cafe and make a reservation in advance for the best seat in the house.
The Botanic Gardens Cafe offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and snacks. Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan food is also available.
Breakfast includes Eggs on Toast with eggs your way on sourdough for $10.50; Eggs Benedict with sourdough bread, spinach, hollandaise with either bacon, smoked salmon and mushroom for about $18; and Belgium Waffles with vanilla mascarpone, fresh seasonal fruit, maple syrup for $15.90.
Lunch has Chicken burger with grilled chicken, slow, cheese, burger sauce served with fries for $ 16.90; Fish and Chips with Beer-battered Barramundi chips house salad and tartar sauce for $17.90; Calamari with tasty crumbed calamari rings, served with chips and tartar sauce for $17.50; Chicken classic includes Chicken Schnitzel for $16.50; and Chicken Parmigiana for $18.50.
In the glass display cabinet you find wraps, salads, homemade sausage rolls and spinach rolls, quiche, home and cheese toasties, ham and cheese croissants, as well as assorted cakes and slices. Botanic Gardens Cafe uses free-range eggs.
Hot and cold drinks are available. All types of coffee, from traditional cappuccino to latte and espresso. Soy, almond and lactose-free milk are available and also syrups. Tea lovers can order tea, from English Breakfast to the more acquired taste of Earl Grey. Iced mocha, iced chocolate and iced coffee are available.
Botanic Garden Cafe prepares frappe, smoothies and milkshakes.
You can enjoy alcoholic drinks like beers, red wine and white wine.
Lemon Delicious Slice, a best seller of the Botanic Garden Cafe, great to accompany your coffee. Photo from www.facebook.com/Botanical-Gardens-Caf%C3%A9-2307362562915569/photos/3054937471491404
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I have been to the Botanic Gardens Cafe a few times. It is a relatively new place which has replaced the old cafe that was in disrepair. As soon as you enter, it is easy to appreciate the space of the Botanic Gardens Cafe. Recently I visited the cafe after hiking the Powerful Owl trail at Mount Coot-tha, with the Group Hiking South East Qld and More. From the Silky Oak Picnic Area, the group drove onto Sir Samuel Griffith Road down to the cafe. There are two large parking sites, one near the cafe and the other across the road.
The cafe was busy but it has a great capacity in welcoming people, so we found straight away two big round tables near the windows. The atmosphere was relaxed and very pleasant; it was easy to talk to people since we didn't have to compete with loud and disrupting music.
I ordered a Latte with lactose-free with a scone. The service was fast and efficient. The scone was served with cream and jam. The scone with dates was fresh and a large size. I had fun adding the cream into my coffee and the jam onto my scone. Altogether, it was delicious!
It certainly made a great weekend hiking Mount Coot-tha and then have refreshments at the Botanic Gardens Cafe. After the experience at the cafe, a few of us decided to visit Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, the Botanic Gardens and Richard Randall Art Studio.
Address of Botanic Garden Cafe:152 Mount Coot-tha Road, Mount Coot-tha QLD 4066
Business Hours of Botanic Gardens Cafe
Mon–Fri 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat–Sun 8.15 AM - 4:00 PM
The Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha is recognised as Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens. They are a key attraction in the Brisbane City Council Mt Coot-tha precinct.
It was founded in 1970 and officially opened in 1976. Today the gardens encompass 56-hectare gardens open daily from 8am-6pm in summer (September to March) and 8am-5pm in winter (April to August).
Entry to the gardens is free and dogs are not permitted at any time (except for guide and assistance dogs) to protect the gardens and native wildlife.
The Botanical Gardens offers a network of well-maintained trails to explore all the gardens, from Australian Rainforest to Bamboo Grove, Fruit Trees, Fig Tree Collection, Fragrant Gardens, Conifer Collection, Ferns, American Region Plants, Bouganvillea collection and many more interesting plant communities.
There is a garden section completely dedicated to fragrant plants and herbs. Fragrant plants and herbs have been used for thousands of years as medicines and perfumes to enhance food and as ancient sources of myth and magic.
The first botanic gardens are the direct descendants of physic gardens of the 16th and 17th centuries. These healing gardens were attached to medieval monasteries or hospitals, where fragrant plants and herbs were grown for their therapeutic value, to train herbalists and for the enjoyment of residents.
It is interesting to know that the common aspirin is derived from the willow tree. Quinine derives from the bark of the Cinchona tree of South America. Lemon and Aniseed Myrtle Australian native trees of the rainforest have aromatic leaves and were used by the Aboriginal people to flavour food, like fish.
The Planetarium is home to the Cosmic Skydome, a 12.5 metre diameter projection dome. The Planetarium offers shows and displays of space artifacts, including the reproduction of the space suite of Neil Armstrong. The Planetarium also includes an observatory, Galaxy Gift Shop and Sundial Courtyard.
Admission to the Planetarium is free, while tickets need to be purchased for Cosmic Skydome Shows. The Planetarium offers information about the first artificial satellite Sputnik, the lunar landing, robot exploration of the solar system and space flights. The Planetarium offers information on how the ancient civilizations used the stars for navigation and how advanced the civilizations were in understanding the science of astronomy.
Just at the entrance is the replica of the famous Neil Armstrong spacesuit used in the Apollo 11 moon landing. The real spacesuit weighed about 81 kg on Earth and only 13.6 kg in the reduced gravity on the lunar surface.
Lunar Roving Vehicle is a battery-powered four-wheeled rover used on the Moon in the last three missions of the American Apollo program (15, 16, and 17) during 1971 and 1972. It is popularly called the Moon buggy. Photo by Author.
Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins were launched from Florida's Kennedy Space Centre on 16 July 1969 to attempt the first manned lunar landing. Four days later, Armstrong and Aldrin landed and made a moonwalk while the global TV audience looked on. Photo by Author.
The Meriam people closely observe the positions and properties of stars. The people sing a song called Uer Naskaisreda, meaning "the twinkling stars". It describes how late in the year the air is very hot and still, but the stars are twinkling like embers in a fire. This signals a change in the trade winds from the cool south easterlies of the dry season to the hot north westerlies of the monsoon season.
Elders explain that if the stars are twinkling hard and appear very blue, the people should not go hunting or fishing at night as rainstorms are quickly approaching. the stars twinkle because of turbulence in the atmosphere. The greater the turbulence, the more rapidly the stars twinkle. If they appear very blue, water in the atmosphere is absorbing the longer, redder, wavelength of starlight, leaving only the shorter, bluer, wavelength of light to pass through. (Source: 'Indigenous use of stellar scintillation to predict weather and seasonal change' CSIRO Publishing)
Richard Randall Art Studio is a heritage-listed gallery space, located near the Brisbane Botanic Garden Cafe, Mount Coot-tha. This facility has on-premise disability parking as well as an accessible toilet.
Today, the Art Studio is open as a gallery space. Entry is free.
"House at Shorncliffe", by Helen Grant Taylor. Photo by Author.
Set in the lovely Brisbane Botanic Gardens in Mount Coot-tha, the Information Centre provides information about the Brisbane Botanic Gardens in Mount Coot-tha and all its attractions. The Information Centre features informative displays, brochures and maps. You can pick up the map of the trails in Mount Coot-tha before setting off for your adventures.
The Information Centre is open every day of the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday) from 8am-6pm in summer (September-March) and 8am-5pm in winter (April-August).
On Anzac Day, the Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre is open from 1.30-5pm.
In front of the Information Centre is a sculpture by Hiromi Tango, Roots, 2020. In such a transient world where so many people are separated from their own cultural traditions, what does it mean to grow roots in a new home? How can we learn to be in a new environment, and find meaningful connections to where we are?
In Roots, Hiromi Tango explores relationships between people, nature and environments. The artist worked with the staff and volunteers of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha to understand the interconnected, diverse stories grown in the Gardens. Plants and seeds have been collected, cast in bronze and joined together, honouring cultural identity and traditions, and seeking harmony with the environment. (Source: Roots: 'Nature Nurture' Hiromi Tango)