The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha are recognised as Queensland’s premier subtropical botanic gardens. Founded in 1970 and officially opened in 1976, the 56-hectare gardens open daily. Entry to the gardens is free.
Highlights at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha
Brisbane City Council’s Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha offers visitors a living museum of native and exotic plant collections. The themed sections include a fragrant garden, bamboo grove, arid zone, Japanese Gardens, waterfalls, tropical dome and the largest collection of Australian native rainforest trees in the world. The Auditorium features horticultural shows most weekends.
Free guided walks
Free guided walks leave the Visitor Information Centre daily at 11am and 1pm (except public holidays and between mid-December and late-January). Free group and special interest walks can be arranged by phoning 07 3403 2535.
Arid Region Plants
Brisbane Botanic Garden’s arid region represents the dry regions of Central America and Africa featuring plants that adapt to their harsh environments.
Australian Plant Communities
The Australian Plant Communities 27-hectare area highlights native Australian plants, mostly from Queensland, and features an artificial lagoon.
The Bonsai House is located next to the Japanese Garden. It displays about 100 plants including figs, conifers, camellias, azaleas and maples.
The Fern House has more than 80 different species and varieties of ferns on display, including ferns that live on rocks, trees and in the water.
The Fragrant Garden contains culinary, fragrant and medicinal herbs from around the world, as well as flowers and aromatic foliage.
National Freedom Wall
The National Freedom Wall was built to celebrate 50 years of freedom in the Pacific.
Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail
Children and parents can explore the Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail set in the shady exotic rainforest in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. Collect a map at the start of the trail so you spot all the surprises and amazing plant facts.
The Japanese Garden contains a combination of native and exotic plants suitable for our subtropical climate.
Lagoon and Bamboo Grove
Find out about the Lagoon and Bamboo Grove at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.
Find out about the Exotic Rainforest and Australian Rainforest areas in Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.
Tropical Display Dome
The Tropical Display Dome is a large lattice structure (geodesic) displaying plants from the tropics.
Other Facilities and Features
Botanic Gardens Cafe
Botanical is a café and functions centre that serves breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages, and is open seven days, 8am-4pm on weekdays and 7am-5pm on weekends
The Herbarium holds about 830,000 preserved plant specimens in its collection. The species are mainly from Queensland and represent more than 245 years of history. More info here
Mt Coot-tha Library
The collection at the Mt Coot-tha Library includes books and magazines on horticulture, natural science, botany, environmental and astronomy topics.
Located in the Administration building, the library is open:
Tuesday to Thursday – 10am-4pm
Friday, Sunday and Monday – 10am-3pm
Saturday – 9am-4pm.
The gardens are a great place for picnics. Facilities include picnic tables and seats in shaded areas. There are also toilets and drinking fountains throughout the gardens. There are no barbecue facilities.
Richard Randall Art Studio
Richard Randall Art Studio is a restored, heritage-listed building in the Bamboo Grove. The art studio is a gallery space only and can be hired for exhibitions and workshops. More here
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is Queensland’s largest planetarium. It provides an important educational resource for adults and children. The planetarium features a range of astronomical shows and displays. Ticket prices apply.
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Toowong Villas Brisbane is 3 minutes’ walk from Toowong Shopping Center and 5 minutes’ walk from Brisbane River. It is 10 minutes’ drive from South Bank and Brisbane Airport is a 20-minute drive away.