The gardens are located just 10 minutes from the CBD on the Brisbane River. It borders Parliament House and the Queensland University of Technology(QUT) and can be accessed via the Goodwill Bridge if you’re coming from South Bank or by catching a ferry to the Edward Street terminal. If you're approaching from the city you can catch the
free loop bus for a lift right to the front door.
The park's large grassy areas make it a suitable location for a weekend picnic or a casual sport game with mates. There is also a playground for the kids and two public toilet locations, which can be found next to the river stage and next to QUT. Designated areas for picnics are at the rear of the park near the university, although there are several picnic tables and sheltered areas placed around the park.
“The gardens' plant collections include the first Queensland native plants to be formally planted. Visitors to the gardens will also see exotic plants. Some exotic plants were imported in colonial days to establish crops for the new Brisbane colony. Artists have also created number of heritage features at the gardens.“
The garden is also home to many weddings and other functions on weekends. If you want to book one of the ten function areas available in the park for your own wedding or event, fill out this form. Online enquiries can be made here.
If you’re worried about getting lost, don’t be. Those who get turned around easily can attend a free volunteer guided tour of the park. They leave twice daily from the main rotunda at 11am and 1pm, Monday to Saturday. There are no tours unfortunately on Sundays. Set aside about an hour for the tour.
If you’ve left a packed lunch at home, the City Gardens Café is located inside the park just off Alice Street. It’s open from breakfast through to afternoon tea.