At one point this area was overgrown , derelict and disused railway lines. Now it is a wonderful landscaped park filled with colourful flowers. Near this area there was a windmill that used to be turned manually by chained convicts.
The Roma Street Parkland is an oasis in the heart of Brisbane, occupying top spot on my list of favorites. Regarded as one of the world's largest subtropical gardens in a city center, the park contains a variety of themed gardens and recreational areas. Paths and boardwalks, traverse cascading waterways, lush greenery, and seasonal blooms. The walkways also serve a functional purpose in making the parkland more accessible to pedestrians, wheelchair users and strollers. Wandering along them, one will discover an ever changing view of immaculately tended gardens.
1800 unique species of plants can be found in the park. They are grown in microclimates, representative of subtropical Queensland. Flora unique to specific regions thrive in distinct precincts throughout the 16 hectares of green space. Among these are the wetland species, found flourishing around the lake. The irises are my special delight here. There’s also a subtropical rainforest that can be viewed from various levels, with a misty fern gully at its base. Plus, an arid garden showcases the stark beauty of plants from Australia’s interior.
The heart of the parkland is Colin Campbell Place, a year-round display of seasonal flowers and plants, fastidiously designed and maintained. Meandering paths lead through bubbling streams, waterfalls, and amazing patterns of living color. This section may be viewed from dawn to dusk.
Free guided tours are available, departing from the covered area called The Hub.
It’s located at an entrance to Colin Campbell Place, about 100m north of the café.
Alternatively, if visiting between 10am and 3pm on weekends, or Friday, hop on the Parkland Explorer, a little train complete with audio presentation. This is also free, but a gold coin donation is appreciated. There are several places to board, including the Melange Café, children’s playground, and the lake precinct.
For the little ones, there are shaded play areas with swings, slides and so on, beneath the weeping figs. Plus, grassed areas, like the Celebration lawn, are everywhere for them to run around on.
Free barbeques are available all over the gardens, each with tables nearby. The main place for this activity is down by the lake, with seven stoves to cook on. They come complete with cheeky ibises, willing to share your lunch with you. However, there are signs advising not to. The White Ibis is a native Australian bird, protected under the State Wildlife Legislation. These curious creatures play an important role in natural pest management, as they prey on small insects and grubs.
The parkland has alfresco dining too, in the Melange Café. We’ve enjoyed coffee and cake there several times, and have never been disappointed. Also available are snacks, main meals, and ice cream.
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.
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!!
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
photos courtesy tropicrd
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!