There are seven main gardens ranging from Bamboo Grove to Ornamental Ponds. It is a great way to see Brisbane in a complete different perspective and experience the great outdoors with this lovely setting.
You can take your time and explore these amazing gardens on your own or of course there is a guided free tour of the gardens (check website for more information on guided tours).
The plant collection includes the first Queensland native plants, exotic plants, the herb and veggie garden, and historical exhibit gardens.
For a little history of the gardens, it was established in 1828 to provide food for the early penal colony and the botanical gardens were officially opened in 1855. Major redevelopments of the gardens took place in 1986, where building an information centre, upgrading the paving and converting the former curator's residence into a restaurant took place. Plantscaping and developments continued and today we have this spectacular garden right in the heart of the city!
There are many picnic areas around the gardens with sheltered pavilions, tables and seats and of course you can have a special romantic picnic spot under one of the many amazing trees or alternatively you can grab a bite to eat at the City Gardens Cafe.
There is a playground to keep the kids occupied as well.
Thanks for your article. The last time we went to the City Botanic Gardens it was looking very run down and neglected, but that was quite some time ago. Looks like we will be planning another visit after seeing your photos.