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Published October 19th 2016
Serenity and Beauty Abound in this Inner City Sanctum
Looking for that calm inner city retreat space? Whether you are a busy city worker, in town for the day, just need a breather or you're waiting for those long haul buses or trains these sixteen hectares of sub-tropical gardens really do offer the ideal city escape.
Their central location right behind the Roma Street Transit Centre and an easy walk from so many directions in the city means that we can all take advantage, as I did, of this serene oasis in the bustling city centre.
Daylight saving means we have a total of two hours extra wait to travel north when crossing the NSW border, so there's plenty of time to meander and explore all that these colourful gardens have to offer. This includes the delightful kiosk in the carriage shed, lawns, waterfalls, a duck pond, and the special plantings in Colin Campbell Place. There are also tall trees, a pavilion, a children's garden with playground, an amphi-theatre, and the wall of honour for Queensland Greats Awards. Their lake is an important storage for the parks irrigation system, and has lungfish – a fascinating species.
Much of the gardens are wheelchair accessible although there can be some steep inclines in which case the scenic train ride would be a great way to explore. They also offer free guided walks, an information booth, parking, full facilities and are located very close to public transport.
I for one clearly remember its previous industrial incarnation when it was Brisbane's main rail and goods yard, with a flower and produce market and the smaller scale Albert Park. It is currently celebrating fifteen years in its current form so my photos include their special plantings for this celebration. Be sure not to miss this Brisbane highlight, this spacious green gem set out for our benefit.