Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane

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    Don't Miss the world's largest ....

    by wise23girl Updated Sep 29, 2012

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    Yes Roma Street Parklands are the world's largest urban subtropical gardens. And they are just amazing...lush rainforest, rocky headlands, pandamus pines, wetlands...all in brilliant colour.

    And you can bring a picnic or else visit Melange café.

    Not far from The Transist Centre and just a little bit of a walk along from Queen Street Mall

    There are guided walks from The Hub 10am and 2pm daily.

    written Nov 2011

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    Maybe wander through the Roma Street Parklands

    by tiabunna Updated Jan 20, 2007

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    The Roma Street railway goods yards were an intrinsic part of Brisbane from the start of the railway system in the 1800s. The sort of scenic wonder all cities need – rusty tracks, grimy storage sheds, equally grimy railway wagons. So, in a city where modernisation is everything, it was only a matter of time before someone felt the need to upgrade the place. That process was started in 2000 and the new parklands opened in 2002.

    We visited on a fiendishly hot summer day, with the humidity levels just one point below sauna level. Wandering really wasn’t pleasant, somewhere air conditioned would have been far more sensible. I don’t know if that influenced my pespective on the parklands, or if the parklands have been oversold, but they didn’t live up to my expectations. I’d read many times, on VT and in the glossy tourist brochures, that the parklands are “…the world’s largest urban subtropical garden…”. Well, it’s a park with subtropical vegetation (which is what you’d expect to find in Brisbane), but I found Southbank equally pleasant from the tourist perspective and with more to do. To the south, extending over the vestigial portion of the railway yards are new apartments, to which the park essentially forms an extended front garden.

    The parkland has many water features (causing something of a challenge during the ongoing drought – but they’re apparently recycling water). We rather liked the water wall, because the fine spray it created was quite cooling. Nearby is a little jetty arrangement in a lake: this was closed to visitors for the afternoon because a wedding was to be held there. So we found a restaurant, in the process of closing at 1430 on a Saturday, and left after a cool drink.

    Main photo: Frangipanni flowers, Roma Street Parklands
    Second photo: The lovely cooling water wall feature
    Third photo: Another water feature at Roma Street Parklands
    Fourth photo: The “wedding jetty”.

    Frangipanni flowers, Roma Street Parklands The water wall feature Water feature at Roma Street Parklands Ornamental lake and jetty, Roma Street Parklands
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    WALKS IN ROMA STREET PARKLANDS

    by balhannah Updated Jul 8, 2010

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    Roma Street Parkland offers FREE WALKS for interested people.

    The walks are for people as young as "under 5yrs" these are called "out and about with bub" and run for 45minutes.
    They start from the Melange Cafe every Wednesday & Friday at 10am.

    For the Adults, there is, The Art walk which takes a look at the differents artworks throughout the garden, Heritage walk, this one takes visitors through the varied history of the garden from the past to 2001.
    The Sensory walk, is for people that are vision impaired or brain damaged. This walk is mainly in quiet surrounds and around the Spectacle Garden.
    The Curator's walk goes behind the scenes and helps you to gain a better understanding of the design and planning of the gardens. Each walk is different.

    The Walks are daily, departing from the "HUB" at 10am and 2pm.

    Spectacle garden Dahlias Miner bird Tropical creeper in flower Children's playground
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    World's Largest Subtropical Garden in City Centre

    by Mikebb Updated Nov 5, 2006

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    These gardens cover a large area, 16 hectares, very close to the city and were opened approximately 4 years ago. The area was previously the old railway shunting yards and the redevelopment of the site commenced in 2000 with the gardens opened in 2002. Much of the garden is on sloping parkland with sections for the various categories of plants, some very nice water features, man made lakes and a well thought out watering system which recycles most of the water used on the gardens. There are good footpaths and boardwalk sections which bring you close to the speciality areas of this parkland. A cafe for those who need refreshment or wish to relax and view this beautiful garden a little longer.
    When we visited in September, 2006 Brisbane was experiencing a drought and severe water restrictions were in place, however the gardens still looked good.
    Admission is Free.

    Roma Street Parklands, View From Our Hotel Room A Section of The Parkland Camphor Laurel Tree Lush Ferns Boardwalk Through Lush Tropical Grove
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    ROMA STREET PARKLANDS

    by balhannah Updated Jul 8, 2010

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    This is a lovely 16 hectacre parkground made from disused old rail yards in 2001.

    It is in the heart of the city, not far from the Queen street Mall and King George Square. You can reach here by walking, Train (direct access from Platform 10 @ Roma Street station) or Public Transport.
    It is a stop on the City Sights Tourist Bus route, and as well, there are numerous stops around the park if using a Brisbane City Council Bus.

    The park has a lot outdoor art collections, an ever changing floral display, Australian Natives, a Lake and Lookout, Playground, Herb garden, Lawns, Cacti and displays of other types of Plants. The walks are many, with plenty of seating, some in secluded corners, the path is so you do not know what is around the next corner.
    There is also a Cafe where you can have meals, or perhaps just that Icecream in a cone. A really nice spot to visit in the City

    Roma Street Parklands View from the lookout Unusual foliage Succulent
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    ROMA STREET PARKLANDS - AUSTRALIAN NATIVE PLANTS

    by balhannah Written May 3, 2009

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    If you are interested in the Native plants of Australia, then the Roma street parklands has a good selection. Queensland Bottle Trees are growing in the gardens, they have this name because of the distinct bottle shaped trunk. You will also see Kangaroo Paw, most of these come from the South West of Western Australia. You will see Banksias, Grevilleas, Daisies, ground covers and others. Notices are by each giving you a description of the plant you are looking at.

    Australian Banksia Native ground cover Kangaroo Paw Paper Daisy Queensland Bottle Tree
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    More roaming through the parkland

    by tropicrd Updated Sep 29, 2012

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    I wanted to add more about this beautiful parkland and show you the photos.

    The memorial Corner is interesting and remembers those brave souls who fought and lost their lives during the 1st and 2nd world wars, the Vietnam Vets and the memorial for those who lost their lives in the 2004 Japanese tsunami.The 34 meter cascade is spectacular
    but make sure you walk beside it on a non windy day or you will get soaked.

    No matter what part of the parkland you visit I am sure you will be delighted with it as I was.

    Great place for a picnic 34 meter cascade of water So many different flowers Memorial for loss of life 2004 Japanese tsunami So beautiful
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    TRAIN RIDE

    by balhannah Written Apr 15, 2011

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    Roma Street Botanic Gardens are quite a large area to walk around.
    For people with disabilities and children, there is a little trackless Train that takes a 1.3km route around the gardens.
    The fare is a reasonable $3 For Adults and $2 for children.

    The Garden's are open every day and are FREE ENTRY

    Main pedestrian entrances to the Parkland:

    Albert Street entrance – from King George Square, head out of the city centre along Albert Street, 200m past the Turbot and Albert Streets intersection, to the main pedestrian entry, Albert Street Footbridge.

    Roma Street entrance – access is available through the Brisbane Transit Centre and Roma Street rail station. Proceed through the train tunnel to Platform 10, across the road, along the pathway and up the lift or escalators into the Parkland. This entrance is open between 6am and 8pm.

    Train at Roma Street Parklands

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    Roma Steet Parklands

    by al2401 Written Apr 9, 2010

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    This oasis in the centre of Brisbane was built on the site of the old railway goods yard of Roma Street station which moved out of the city in 1991 when it became too large.

    The parklands has an amphitheatre which is used frequently by theatre companies and also for events like the Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols.

    There is a mixture of formal flower beds, themed gardens and grassy areas.

    Roma Street Parklands Poinsettia - the floral emblem of Brisbane Roma Street Parklands Roma Street Parklands Roma Street Parklands
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    Look out for the dragons

    by tropicrd Written Sep 29, 2012

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    Eastern water dragons are plentiful throughout the Roma Street Parkland so keep your eyes open .

    They love to sun themselves on rocks or garden walls.

    I managed to take some photos so hope you enjoy them.

    There are plenty of birds including 'brush/ bush' turkeys,herons,ducks and fish too!!

    Dragons galore in the Parkland Eastern Water Dragon Bush/brush turkey Birds (herons) on top of the canopy Climbing the stairs
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    Magical City Parkland

    by tropicrd Written Sep 28, 2012

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    Wow!!!where do I start,I had some time to fill in before my train departed so I spotted the signs leading to the Roma Street Parkland and what an amazing surprise I got because I remember this area as a bit of a junk yard for the railways and thought I might just have a peek and see what has been done.

    Well!!!all I can say is that I needed more time to walk around this magical reformed area.

    I was delighted with all the different areas in the Parkland, it has the Australian arid land area,
    The forest which is a subtropical garden which transports you into a magical place,it has a boardwalk and lots of water features.
    There are 10 main gardens to explore and each one is spectacular.
    The water cascade and the art work throughout the park is so good.
    It is free and open every day of the year.There are free specialised guided walks ,these need to be booked in advance and other free guided walks that leave from the Hub at 10am and 2pm every day (except Good Friday and Christmas day) oh! and they also cater for mothers and baby's walks for children under five. Wheelchair friendly. A kiosk and a licensed restaurant is available and also wedding and other special events are held in the parkland.
    So if you are looking for something very special to do I strongly suggest this magical city parkland.

    A magical city parkland Lots of colours in the Spectacle Garden Creative planting Stepping stones at the Lake Lots of cascading water
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    A true "spectacle" in the Spectacle Garden

    by swings Updated Oct 6, 2004

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    The Roma Street Parkland is a 16-hectare park which is billed as the “world’s largest subtropical garden in a city centre”. It has many unique plant specimens along with the expected park benches and lawns. The views of the city beyond the trees and gardens will leave you awed that you are, indeed, in the middle of the city. There is a showy “Spectacle” Garden, a lakes area, a subtropical rainforest, etc., all of which show off the variety of landscapes seen within Queensland.

    The park is free to visit and is open 24 hours.

    Spectacle Garden at Roma Street Parklands
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    Roma Street Parkland

    by SWFC_Fan Written Sep 1, 2006

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    Brisbane's Roma Street Parkland is the home of "the world's largest subtropical garden in a city centre".

    This tranquil parkland area is located just a 5-10 minute walk from the heart of Brisbane city centre and is a great place to escape from the noisy street traffic and crowds. You can enter the parkland from Albert Street or Roma Street.

    Attractions include:

    "The Lookout" - a wooden platform where you can walk above and amongst the lush vegetation and admire the views over the lake;

    "The Forest" - a small Australian rainforest featuring plantlife from such areas;

    "Fern Gully" - a small area of fern trees with a path leading through them;

    "Lake Precinct" - a lake surrounded by trees and flowers, seating areas and abundant bird life;

    "Spectacle Garden" - a selection of very colourful tropical plants and flowers and water features.

    There is plenty of natural wildlife within the gardens - you can see orb spiders weaving their webs between the trees, small lizards running around underfoot, colourful butterflies flitting around the flowers and lots of bird life around the lake and on the lawns.

    Entrance to the parkland is absolutely free.

    There are plenty of benches to sit on and grassy areas on which to enjoy a picnic. There is also a children's play area within the boundaries of the park.

    Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane Lake at Roma Street Parkland Butterfly at Roma Street Parklands Birds at Roma Street Parkland Flower gardens at Roma Street Parkland

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    All bottled up?

    by swings Written Oct 6, 2004

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    This is one of the beautiful bottle trees at the Parkland. Not being used to seeing trees of this type, I am truly amazed at the wealth of diversity I'm seeing in this amazing continent!

    The Roma Street Parkland is a 16-hectare park which is billed as the “world’s largest subtropical garden in a city centre”. It has many unique plant specimens along with the expected park benches and lawns. The views of the city beyond the trees and gardens will leave you awed that you are, indeed, in the middle of the city. There is a showy “Spectacle” Garden, a lakes area, a subtropical rainforest, etc., all of which show off the variety of landscapes seen within Queensland.

    The park is free to visit and is open 24 hours.

    Bottle Tree at Roma Street Parkland
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    Wander around the Roma Street Parkland

    by pacific_sol Written Jul 27, 2007

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    If you'd like a relaxing activity to do, I would recommend walking around the Roma Street Parkland for an hour or so to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The Parkland is actually the largest urban subtropical garden in the world and showcases many of Australia's unique plants that are able to survive in the different climates found on the continent. I enjoyed roaming the meandering path through all the different areas and enjoying all the unique and beautiful plants.

    There is also a small lake in the middle of Parklands, as well as an amphitheatre, a waterfall/ water feature and a large grassy area that would be perfect for picnicking. We actually saw a wedding entourage at the Parkland taking pictures - the Parkland was definitely a beautiful backdrop for their photos!

    Sign to the Parkland from the train station A view towards the high rises overlooking the Park Some beautiful flowers in the Parkland
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