Botanical Gardens, Brisbane

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    CITY BOTANIC GARDENS

    by balhannah Updated Jun 8, 2014

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    Reflections of the river - STOP 4

    The City Botanic Gardens, are the original Botanic gardens. These gardens are quite large. They are located beside the Brisbane River and are only about 10mins from the Queen street mall or the Railway Stations. You will find office workers enjoying these peaceful "green" gardens that have lots of open space, a Bamboo Grove, Weeping Fig Avenue, Mangrove Boardwalk, ornamental ponds, sculptures and nice riverside views.
    The Brisbane Riverstage is where various outdoor concerts are held at different times of the year, probably the Xmas one the most memorable.
    On my walk, I did notice a Bicycle hire van with all types of bicycles for hire. The park is also popular for weddings, so don't be surprised if you see one!
    You can catch a Bus or Ferry to the gardens, and the FREE LOOP BUS also stops here. I happened to see this beautiful tree in bloom, the only problem, I don't know the name of it so I can't buy one. Isn't it beautiful!

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    Sight seeing at the Botanical Garden

    by floren106 Written Apr 3, 2014

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    It is enjoyable to walk around seeing the big trees,the Brisbane River, and people having picnics, There were lots of plants and green grass.......it is really relaxing to lie on the banks of the river and look at the clouds in the sky.

    There is a kiosk where you can have a cup of coffee or tea.

    The gardens are not very far from the Brisbane CBD and we passed by a campus of the University of Queensland on our way to the gardens.

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    Work out, hang out or just chill out.

    by Steve-H Updated Mar 30, 2010

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    What a nice place to be, the Botanical Gardens in Brisbane are a great place to relax and watch the world go by, mind you I could have done that from my hotel room window opposite the park. There were people exercising, people talking and students in large groups drawing the plants, then there was me, just shuffling along admiring it all, taking photos and wondering why we just have expanses of grass in London & not so many trees.

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  • Brisbane Botanical Gardens

    by swt_rich Written Jul 16, 2007

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    A very relaxing Gardens that is well designed and taken care of. Most all the vegitation is named on plates attached. There are a few ponds that are full of ducks. It does not matter the day, as long as the sun is shinning there will be lost of people laying around eating and reading. Nice place to bring a new friend for a bottle of wine and lunch. They rent bikes at the entrence to the park. Free to come and go as you please. There is a small cafe in the back of the Gardens.

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    City Botanical Gardens

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 11, 2006

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    The beautiful City Botanical Gardens are laid out over 20 hectares and is set on the banks of the Brisbane River just below Parliament House.

    It's a peaceful respite from the noise and the traffic of the city's business district. The Botanic Gardens date back to the earliest years of European settlement, long before 1855, when they were formally laid out after once being a vegetable garden.

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    City Botanical Gardens

    by SWFC_Fan Written Sep 1, 2006

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    Brisbane's City Botanical Gardens are located in a bend in the city's river, next to the Queensland University of Technology and just a short walk south of the CBD.

    If you cross over Goodwill Bridge from Southbank Parklands, this will bring you to the south-west entrance to the gardens. From here, there is a main path that leads through the centre of the gardens to Albert Street at the northern end of the gardens. Smaller paths branch off in all directions from this main walkway.

    During my trip to Australia in April 2006, I had already visited the Botanical Gardens in both Sydney and Melbourne and I must say that Brisbane's equivalent is not nearly as impressive as those of its counterparts. However, it is a nice place to escape the busy city streets and high rise buildings of the CBD and to relax in tranquil surroundings.

    The paths are popular with walkers, joggers and skaters, while the large grassy lawns attract sunbathers, picnickers and families playing ball games. The gardens contain many tall palm trees, a lily pond, shaded pagodas and benches, tropical plants and flowers and a couple of trees with bright orange flowers that glowed spectacularly in the afternoon sunshine.

    The gardens are open 24 hours a day and there is no admission charge.

    There is a cafe with outdoor tables located at the southern end of the gardens.

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    Take a walk through the Bot Gardens

    by aussiejen Updated Aug 11, 2006

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    It's always nice to take time out and wander through a city's botanical gardens.

    Brisbane's gardens are along side the Brisbane River, just a short stroll from the inner city.

    We were in Brisbane in August, so not a lot of flowering plants out at this time of the year. The old trees are magnificent though.

    This is a lovely spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

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    Brisbane Botanical Stroll

    by thedouglas Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    These expansive gardens are located along the river, alongside the Gardens Point Campus of the Queensland Univeristy of Technology.

    The gardens are almost a museum of plants, with specimens of heritage plants through to modern day and exotic species, duck ponds (and ducks) and plenty of shady, private places to sit and enjoy someone's company, read a book or contemplate your next move. You can also sit on benches along the river, and admire many of the moored boats at the Riverside end of the gardens.

    There are mangroves along the river, with optional elevated bridge paths through this unique ecosystem to have a closer inspection and smell!

    If you are interested, there are guided walks through the gardens leaving from the main Rotunda, opposite the Albert Street gates, which leave at 11.00am and 1.00pm each day except Sunday, and excluding holidays.

    Its a great walk from here, through the gardens and across the Goodwill Bridge over to Southbank, if you want to explore further.

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    Botanical Gradens.........

    by kid-keith Written Mar 13, 2006

    What a lovely place to go for a stroll the only off putting thing would be that i saw about 50 huge ugly Spiders whilst walking through not sure if they were dangerous or not, but i loved the place they can`t help but brighten up your day and the river that runs pass the top end of the Gardens is truelly magical as well with boats floating down. What a lovely place.

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    Botanical Gardens

    by aussirose Written Jan 29, 2006

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    Brisbane Botanical Gardens

    We nearly didn't make the boat. Had to walk through the Botanical Gardens to get there. What a shame we couldn't have had a leisurely stroll through here to savour the peaceful ambience. Anyway, here's a pic I took quickly as we power walked through lol
    I've since checked out this web site to see what I missed :o)

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  • A Walk in the Park

    by Anne12 Written Sep 13, 2005

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    You can come off the Boardwalk into the Botanical gardens and spend time looking around the ponds and Gardens.
    You can hire a bike at the front gate.
    If you would like to sit and have a meal or just a coffee or coke there is the Gardens Kiosk/Cafe'.
    You could also take a picnic and sit on the grass and enjoy watching the passing parade of visitors.

    There are a number of statues throughout the gardens.

    This is a popular place for weddings.

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    Make a nice walk thro' the Botanic Garden

    by backpackerbaby Written Aug 15, 2005

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    The Botanic Garden is not far away from other attractions in the city, so we decided to walk through it.

    There is a bike hire counter but the rent seems not cheap. We explored the park on foot and spent quite a long time on the ponds where lots of ducks/swimming birds were having fun. Their behavior was really funny.

    CAUTION!
    If you're with some food, watch out! The birds are really hungry and will definitely attack you!!!

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    Escape the city

    by sunshinejo Written Aug 4, 2005

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    I love how Australian cities have so much outdoor space, even more so as they're well maintained and free for people to wander around in. I thought the botanical gardens in Brisbane are really pleasant, and well worth spending some time exploring. Even though they're not massively exciting, it's nice to go for a walk through them and escape the noise of the city, or just lie in the grass with a book and chill out.

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    City Botanic Garden - Spectacular colours!

    by Jerelis Written Jul 25, 2005

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    Relinde at the City Botanic Garden

    We had a lunch st the City Botanic Cafe, a small but very nice old English tearoom established in 1824. This tearoom started out as a refreshment house for the players of the nearby croquet field.

    The sub-tropical climate, combined with the rich soils of the riverbank, ensures a permanent display of spectacular colours and heady fragrances of frangipanis, orchids, oleanders, flame trees, bougainvilleas and jacarandas. A walk through the gardens, particularly a walk along the riverbank, is a must for every visitor to the city.

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    City Botanic Garden - The Café

    by Jerelis Written Jul 25, 2005

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    The Botanic Gardens date back to the earliest years of European settlement. Long before 1855, when they were formally laid out by Walter Hill, the first Gardens Director, the area had been used as a vegetable garden.
    Hill planted rows of bunya pines and introduced plants like the Poinciana and Jacaranda. He also built a fountain in 1867 and planted a row of weeping figs.

    We had a lunch at the City Botanic Café, a small but very nice old English tearoom established in 1824. This tearoom started out as a refreshment house for the players of the nearby croquet field.

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