Since then, the Brisbane City Council has continued to add more services, features and new additions to the now established gardens. We are so lucky to have so many outdoor green spaces and park areas here in Brisbane and the fact that they continue to change allows you to see it with new eyes every time you go.
The gardens and all its amenities are open daily from September – March from 8:00am – 8:00pm. Winter hours change from April – August and open between 8:00am – 5:00pm. Check out online the hours for holiday times.
The new Botanical Cafe has been refurbished and awaits your visit. It has a much more open airy feel now and can accommodate large numbers of visitors on a busy day. Tables are smaller, can be moved around to accommodate bigger groups of families, or moms and bubs groups, allowing you to add chairs and shift tables together. It has a more modern feel and still has that amazing view out of the windows over the lagoon. Stay for lunch and during the week, there are few visitors, so you can linger then stroll the gardens. Or if you would like to stroll the gardens leisurely by yourself, this is a great place to stop and grab a coffee to take on your walk with you.
Secondly, the new Information Centre is open. Take your coffee in here before you head into the garden. It is beautiful, made from natural materials, is light and airy and resides well at the edge of the garden. There is historical information as well as what is up and coming and you can get all the information you need from the knowledgeable volunteers. There are tours and bookings to check out and information to be had.
So now as you wander around the gardens you can pass by prickly beds of cactus, succulents and segos. You can wind past the fragrance garden, head off to the Japanese garden with its beautifully sculpted shrubs, pagodas and tranquil waters. You can pass by massive stands of differing bamboo, with colors of gold, green and black even.
Follow the signs and you will come upon the new band shelter. You may have seen it if you have wandered through the gardens of late. The massive stretch of natural grass that houses the band shelter is home to the amphitheatre and provides ample seating for the Sunset Cinema movies. Find them online at www.sunsetcinemas.com.au for schedules and upcoming movies.
You will be able to watch a variety of movies with the kids or your date. There will be craft beer, wine sales, and food to be had.