Few people visit this amazing part of the Botanic Gardens
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens, the one on Mt Coot-tha Road Toowong, not the one in the city, is a fantastic subtropical botanic gardens. But many visitors fail to visit the rear section of the gardens which is dedicated to local Australian plants.
The Lake at the back of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens
There are many parts and places in the front section of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. There is a lagoon, Japanese Gardens, tropical dome, arid garden and much more. You can easily spend hours wandering just around this section of the garden. Most people only visit this area.
The lookout lies between the front and back sections of the gardens and few people actually wander up to the lookout. With lots of tables and chairs, this is a great spot to sit and relax, especially if you bring a picnic. There are also toilets near here.
The view from the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Lookout
One of the best sections of the back are of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens is the Australian Flower Garden area. Officially known as the Native Plants for Brisbane Gardens, it features numerous native flowering trees, bushes and plants.
Some of the flowering bushes, trees and plants in the Australian Flower Garden
Remember that Australian plants flower all year round, so no matter what time of the year you come here there will be flowering plants. Each time you come back it is different as there are different blooms in season.
Australian Flowers in Bloom at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Another place with few visitors is the National Freedom Wall. This in a monument to the many decades of peace we have enjoyed in the pacific since World War II, as well as a memorial to those who served to bring about this peace. This includes service personnel as well as numerous others in other organisations and roles such as the Red Cross.
The National Freedom Wall at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens
The far back area has a lovely lake. This lake is a great spot to sit and enjoy a picnic on the grassy verge, or just wander around. They have sculpted a garden out of native plants, creating one of the most unique park spaces in Australia. This is one the favourite spots to take visitors from abroad to see a wide variety of local plants.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens lake surrounded by Australia natives
Around the lake, there are a set of different areas, such as the native grasses, tropical rainforest, Wollemi pines and palm grove. It is an incredibly rich experience of the varied vegetation around South East Queensland, but all in one little spot.
The lake is surrounded by a variety of Australian plants and features
There are artworks spread out throughout the gardens. Many of them in the rear sectors of the gardens. If you follow the road around from the National Freedom Wall to the lake, you will see several beside the road.
While the art experience is not that fantastic compared with the natural beauty of the park, but it is one more reason to wander this part of the gardens.
At the very back of the park is the Citriodora Trail that leads up Mt Coot-tha. so you can walk through the gardens then all the way up to Mt Coot-tha Summit. The walk is not too difficult, but you can always take the bus from the summit back down to the car park at the Botanic Gardens.
The Citriodora Trail runs from the back of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens up the Mt Coot-tha summit