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CBD Lunch Break Escapes: Roma Street Parkland

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by Flynn Steele (subscribe)
A freelance writer living, working and mostly playing in Brisbane and wherever the action is.
Published February 11th 2015
Ditch that rushed desk lunch and enjoy a break on the green


Eating lunch chained to your desk is no way to enjoy your working day. Instead, escape the concrete confines of your office cell and enjoy a real lunch break in the subtropical oasis that is Roma St Parkland.



Roma St Parkland is located on the northern side of the CBD and covers over 16 hectares. It is one of Brisbane's showpiece green spaces, offering a pleasing combination of natural and architecturally designed features.

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Spacious grass surrounds


If you're keen to work on your tan, you can kick back and enjoy lunch on the well-maintained grassed areas. Fair of skin, make your way to one of a number of shaded seated areas provided.

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Ample seating


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Elevated boardwalks


The Spectacle Garden at Colin Campbell Place is worth a look if time permits, as is a stroll amongst the native subtropical plants. It's obvious the landscape architects have had free rein here with elevated boardwalks giving a great perspective of the varying features of Roma St Parkland.

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Stroll amongst subtropical splendour


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The Spectacle Garden


Melange Café offers a range of lunch options but BYO is the way to go to really enjoy the outdoor space and get back to nature.

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Melange Cafe


If it's a bit far to take the healthy option and walk to The Parkland, the Brisbane Transit Centre is located adjacent so public transport options are extensive.



Be warned, time seems to stop here so be careful you're not late back to the office. Ideally, try to make it a long lunch so you can really relax and take in all Roma St Parkland has to offer.
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Why? To enjoy a relaxed lunch break out of the office
When: Anytime
Where: Roma Street Parklands
Cost: Free
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