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Published October 27th 2015
Explore the natural beauty on our city doorstep
Who remembers when the area now known as Roma Street Parklands housed railway yards and fruit and vegetable markets? How it has changed since those days. In 1999 the Queensland Government announced plans to redevelop the area and work commenced in 2000, and the new Roma Street Parklands was officially opened in April 2001.
The area continues to grow as do the many plants and trees within this wonderful city landscape. It is easily accessible by public transport – being adjacent to the Roma Street Railway precinct, and close to the city centre.
It is an area of 16 hectares, with an array of garden spaces, and is one of the world's largest subtropical gardens in a city centre, and has won acclaim from horticulturists around the world. The brochure says it is "a mixture of large open spaces, lush subtropical planting and historic landscapes". There are a wide range of events and activities too – with interesting wildlife including a large population of water dragons, that can be seen around the lakes and water areas, and seem to enjoy lying on the top of plants to keep cool in the heat of summer! In the lake there are endangered lungfish, a species "unchanged for over 100 million years, making it a living fossil."
There is a rainforest with a boardwalk and a lookout with the "last uninterrupted view of City Hall". There are plenty of spots, many under shade for picnicking, and a good - in the park. One great place to visit is the Colin Campbell Place garden, which currently is in full spring bloom, but is always a great colourful destination.
There are free guided walks which depart from The Hub (information centre) at 11 am and 1 pm daily, and on Wednesday to Sunday a train, the Parkland Explorer will take you on a 20 minute "trackless" train ride through the parkland. There is an audio presentation with interesting facts as the train travels the gardens.
In the Lake
During school holidays there are activities for the children called "Sprouts in the Park", with arts and craft workshops, gardening classes and entertainment for children.
Waterfall in the Park
There are venues for hire throughout the parklands for weddings, or special occasions. Phone 1300 137 468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.