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Australian Gardens at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published October 16th 2016
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
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 Brisbane Botanic Gardens
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens


If you keep walking the hill you will find a number of less visited, but still fantastic places. Let's go on a little journey to visit some of my favourite spots in the gardens.

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Lookout

One of the highlights of the gardens is the lookout. You don't have to go all the way to the top of Mt Coot-tha to enjoy views of the city, instead you can just go to the Botanic Gardens.

The Lookout in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens
The Lookout in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens


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
The view from the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Lookout


Australian Flower Garden

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
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
Australian Flowers in Bloom at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens


There is also a little-covered picnic and rest area here, so it is also a great spot for a picnic.

The picnic shelter at the Australian Flower Garden
The picnic shelter at the Australian Flower Garden


National Freedom Wall

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 National Freedom Wall at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens


The Freedom Wall is set of walls, some straight and some curved, set in bushland. The constructed space integrates beautifully with the natural setting. This is a wonderful spot to wander.

The National Freedom Wall merges with the natural landscape
The National Freedom Wall merges with the natural landscape


Lake area

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
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
The lake is surrounded by a variety of Australian plants and features


My favourite spot is the path going through the melaleuca wetlands and heathland to the tropical rainforest. The lake is really worth wandering around.

The Mlaleuca Wetlands at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens
The Mlaleuca Wetlands at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens


Art Work

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.

Art work in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Art work in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens


Most are designed to fit into the parkland looking almost like they grew there. If not, they will at least look like they belong and are not an intrusion on the natural space.

Artwork by the lake at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Artwork by the lake at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens


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.

Citriodora Trail

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
The Citriodora Trail runs from the back of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens up the Mt Coot-tha summit


Overall

I wrote this article to encourage people to head to the back sections of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. These areas are less visited that the front sections and contain many unique delights.

I understand that there is a lot to view in the gardens, so most people never have time to walk around the whole gardens. But it is a great idea to plan a trip just to visit the back area of the park.
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Why? Few people visit these special locations in the Gardens
When: 8 am to 5:30 pm 7 days a week.
Where: 152 Mount Coot Tha Rd, Toowong QLD 4066
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Thanks Roy! I never knew about this part of the garden - great article and can't wait to visit the lake up the back :)
by smith (score: 1|74) 661 days ago
I have never been to this part of the Gardens...I've certainly missed out on a lot! Thank you for such an informative article.
by maria (score: 1|87) 667 days ago
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