I'm a shift worker who'll find any (and all) excuse to celebrate with family and friends and loves the serendipity of road trips. Living in Brisbane and trying to look at it like a tourist.
Published June 27th 2012
It had been a while since we'd visited the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt Coot-tha, but that's were we found ourselves, quite serendipitously, on a Saturday afternoon.
A garden at it's best is a place of change, and the Brisbane Botanical gardens had certainly changed since our last visit. Whilst her paths, gardens and lawns were still welcomingly familiar, the gardens were fresh with new ideas and activities.
From the entry, we were taken by the Winter Solstice Wreaths hanging in the bare tree branches. Created by Artist in Residence Tricia Smout, these are lovely and an inspired idea to take home and recreate in your own, winter-bare frangipani tree.
It didn't take long for the Hide 'n Seek Children's Trail brochure and map to be spied at the front entrance. This led us on a magical journey through the gardens, looking for clues and treasures from a child's perspective. This is, of course, the best way to look for any treasure.
The trail is interactive, educational (for children and adults alike!)and thought provoking. There are 17 items to check off the list during your search - from Native Stingless Bees, to Panda's in the Bamboo, Dragonfly's in the creek and Fern Shaped Xylophone seats.
Whilst the Japanese Garden does not form part of the trail, it is impossible to imagine any child not being delighted by the stepping stones across the trickling water. The trail starts from the front of the Japanese Garden and it's calming beauty has a magic of it's own.