Colourful flower beds in the Spectacle Garden at Roma Street Parklands

The most beautiful parks and gardens in Brisbane

Discover the best parks, green spaces and gardens in Brisbane. We’ve walked far and wide to uncover the city’s best gardens, perfect for an impromptu picnic or day out. From colourful floral gardens to attractive Australian natives, these are the most beautiful Brisbane gardens to visit.

Best gardens in Brisbane

With public gardens being some of the best places to get some fresh air, exercise, and keep our social distance these days, we’ve rounded up our favourite parks and gardens in Brisbane.

Luckily for you, Brisbane has a wealth of gardens, large and small, for you to discover. With a variety of interesting green spaces to explore, the following guide will help you find the perfect Brisbane garden to suit your needs – whether that be flower spotting, strolls with kids, picnics or simply basking in the sun.

Due to Brisbane’s location in the subtropics, gardens in South East Queensland have a distinct tropical look and feel to them. Whilst many feature lush rainforests, towering palms and vibrant foliage, you’ll also find gardens and parks full of flowering trees and natives, as well as colourful perennials and bulbs.

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In our exploration of Brisbane gardens, we have pulled together plenty of details to help you decide which one to visit. We have also added information on the accessibility of each garden, including accessible and inclusive playgrounds, and whether or not your dog is welcome to visit with you.

Read on to discover the most beautiful parks and gardens in Brisbane.

The city skyline framed by native trees
Taking in the views at the “secret” Mount Coot-tha lookout

Mt Coot tha Botanic Gardens

Starting with what is possibly my favourite garden in Brisbane, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, is located approximately 15 minutes’ drive, or around 25 minutes by bus, from the Brisbane CBD.

Featuring a fern house, children’s hide’n’seek trail, bonsai collection, an arid region full of cacti and desert flora, tropical display dome and kitchen garden, Mt Coot tha Botanical Gardens are recognised as Australia’s leading subtropical botanic gardens.

Set on an impressive 52 hectares of lush, green grounds, a highlight for many is the stunning Japanese garden, modelled on the traditional gardens of Japan. With a seasonal (August-September) flowering Cherry Blossom tree, the gardens also feature a curving path, stream and small stone bridge.

Cherry blossom tree in Japanese Garden
Flowering Cherry Blossom in the Japanese Garden at Mount Cooth-tha Botanic Gardens
Detail of cherry blossom

You can easily while away an hour or a whole day in the expanse of nature that is the Mt Coot Tha Gardens. Visit the Kitchen in the Garden for tips on how to grow your own fruit and vegetables at home, stroll the shaded bamboo grove, follow the children’s hide’n’seek trail, spotting statues and labelled plants as you go, or lounge on one of the perfectly manicured lawns.

Head up the winding path approaching the Bunya forest to discover incredible city views from the Bougainvillea surrounded lookout, or walk further into the gardens to find the lesser-visited Australian native section.

The jewel-like ceiling of the Tropical Display Zone
The jewel-like interior of the Tropical Display Zone

With self-guided, and free guided tours (11am and 1pm Monday-Saturday), the Brisbane Botanical Gardens Mt Coot Tha also offers exhibitions, workshops and activities for children.

Pack a picnic or lunch at the fabulous Botanical Café overlooking the bamboo grove, and enjoy all that the gardens have to offer!

Address: 152 Mount Coot Tha Road, Mount Coot Tha, 4066
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm daily (note the gardens close at 5pm April to August)
Entrance fee: Entry to the gardens is free
Public transport: Buses stop at the entrance to Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens (stop 19). If travelling from Brisbane’s CBD, catch the 471 bus departing from Adelaide Street (stop 34 or 41). For more details, visit the TransLink website.
Wheel-friendly: Most areas are level and easy to access, although there are some uphill gradients. Vehicle access is available on the ring road inside the gardens until 4.00pm on weekdays only. See the Brisbane mobility map for more information.
Dog-friendly: Dogs are not permitted in the grounds.

Mature trees and manicured lawns at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
Mature trees and manicured lawns are a highlight of the Botanical Gardens Brisbane

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens

Established in 1855, the City Botanic Gardens are Brisbane’s first botanic gardens, originally used to trial the suitability of growing crops such as sugar, tobacco and grapes, in Brisbane’s subtropical climate.

Located in the south-east of the Central Business District, attractions at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens include a Bamboo Grove, an avenue of Weeping Figs, ornamental ponds, sculptures, fountains and the Baldwin Lawn Playground, an exciting all-abilities playground.

However, one of the garden’s best features is its location alongside the Brisbane River. Stroll the riverside pathway, shaded with mature, leafy trees and huge palms, a section of mangroves, and a glorious open stretch with magnificent views of Eagle Street Pier.

Just a 15-minute walk from the city centre, the Botanic Gardens Brisbane can be accessed via George Street (Parliament House entrance), Alice Street (the intersection of Edward Street and Albert Street) or from the Goodwill Bridge. Boasting several different green spaces, including a formal floral garden, a tree lined avenue, and manicured lawns which are perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of Brisbane city.

With the lovely Gardens Club Café open daily, self-guided walks and free guided tours available (11am and 1pm Monday to Saturday), we recommend a walk from the Goodwill Bridge entrance along the riverside pathway, through the Hills Avenue Boardwalk and towards the historical flower beds and rotunda.

Address: 147 Alice Street, Brisbane, 4000
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
Entrance fee: Entry to the gardens is free
Public transport: Catch the free Brisbane Loop Bus which stops on Alice Street and George Street. You can also reach the gardens by CityCat or City Ferry stopping at the Edward Street terminal. If walking or cycling, visit the Brisbane City Council website for suggested routes.
Wheel-friendly: Most areas have pathways which are easy to access. Disabled access is available at all gates except via Parliament House. Disabled car parking can be found inside the Edward Street gate and to the rear of The Gardens Club (via Gardens Point Road).
Dog-friendly: Dogs on leash are permitted in the grounds.

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Colourful flower beds in the Spectacle Garden at Roma Street Parklands
It doesn’t get more spectacular than the Roma Street Parklands

Roma Street Parkland

It doesn’t get more spectacular than the Roma Street Parklands. One of the most popular parks in Brisbane, Roma Street Parklands is most famous for its expansive, flowing lawns and the seasonal Spectacle flower garden.

Exceptional in spring, the Spectacle Garden is full of dreamy annuals (there’s over 15,000 of them!), including colourful petunias, snap dragons, fragrant lavender, and my favourite – colourful ornamental kale. Visiting the colourful displays will give you plenty of inspiration for your own garden projects – or just a gorgeous Insta backdrop.

Located in Spring Hill on the city’s edge, the Roma Street Parkland sprawls over 16 hectares. Named after the Roma Street railway station, just a ten minute walk away, enjoy the ever-changing floral displays, lake precinct and the Garden Room Café. Even in the depths of winter, it’s the ideal spot for a day out.

With free Chairs2Share deck chairs available to enjoy the parklands in style, The Roma street gardens Brisbane also features an atmospheric rainforest, shady fern gully, free guided tours, and a calendar of events that lasts year-round. Consisting of an upper and lower level, the parklands include meandering paths and expansive lawns – the perfect park for a romantic stroll or picnic.

Lake and shelter at Roma Street Parklands
With lakes, fountains and seasonal gardens, its easy to make a whole day of visiting the Roma Street Parklands

Children will love the miniature Parkland Explorer train (operates on weekends and holidays), choice of two fabulous playgrounds and a Children’s herb and vegetable garden. Adults will love the wide open spaces, colourful flower displays, fountains, lakes, rotundas and art scattered throughout. With the historical Old Windmill and Spring Hill Baths nearby, it’s easy to make a whole day of visiting this stunning parkland.

Address: 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane, 4000
Opening hours: Open 24 hours (except for the Spectacle Garden which is closed from dusk to dawn).
Entrance fee: Entry to the gardens is free
Public transport: You can get to Roma Street Parklands by bus or train. The nearest bus stop is Wickham Terrace (Stop 174) around 408 metres away, or Roma Street Railway Station is 500 metres from the park.
Wheel-friendly: Pathways are wheel-friendly with most areas easy to access. Disabled parking and toilet facilities are available.
Dog-friendly: Dogs on leash are permitted in the gardens (except for the Spectacle Garden in Colin Campbell Place).

Man-made beach at South Bank
The man-made Streets Beach at South Bank Parklands

South Bank Parklands

With a riverside promenade, grassy picnic areas, eateries and the giant Wheel of Brisbane, the South Bank Parklands extend for 17 hectares along the Brisbane Riverfront. Located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River, the parklands are adjacent to Little Stanley Street (known for its huge variety of restaurants), and the South Bank Cultural Precinct featuring the Queensland Museum, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), and the State Library of Queensland.

However, the South Bank Parklands is probably most famous its kilometre-long bougainvillea-covered pedestrian arbour and the Streets Beach lagoon. With free swimming in a huge man-made beach, the Streets Beach lagoon is suitable for swimming year round. Surrounded by soft, white sand, it’s a somewhat surreal sensation to bask at a beach with the Brisbane River just a stone’s throw away. Patrolled by life-savers, the lagoons are fun for the young and young-at-heart.

The parklands are also home to several children’s playgrounds, a water play park, the Epicurious Garden (a productive herb-and-vegetable garden) and a busy calendar of events, including the South Bank Collective Markets held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

With so many options and things to do, count on spending a whole day at South Bank Parklands.

Address: Little Stanley Street, Brisbane, 4101
Opening hours: 5.00am to 1.00am daily
Entrance fee: Entry to the parklands is free
Public transport: You can reach the South Bank Parklands by bus, train or CityCat. The nearest railway station to the parklands is South Bank station or South Brisbane station.
Wheel-friendly: The South Bank Parklands offer a large range of wheelchair accessible areas including the gardens, barbecue areas, paved walking tracks and the South Bank lagoon. Click here to view the South Bank facilities map.
Dog-friendly: Dogs are welcome at South Bank Parklands as long as they remain on a leash.

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White roses and the city skyline at New Farm Park
If you want a park with roses, New Farm Park is it!

New Farm Park

If you want a park with roses, luckily there’s New Farm Park. Set on over 15 hectares right beside the Brisbane River, New Farm Park is one of Brisbane’s oldest parks, popular with locals for sporting and leisure activities, barbecues and picnics.

Located next to the historic Brisbane Powerhouse, with a Saturday farmers market, and live arts events, the park is easily accessible from the Brisbane CBD. Only three CityCat stops from the city centre, New Farm Park features expansive lawns, picnic shelters, soccer fields, and the famous rose garden.

Containing over 2,500 roses of different colours and varieties, the New Farm Park Rose Garden began its origins in 1914 as an Edwardian ornamental garden. Amazingly many of the original roses still remain, even after the extreme Queensland weather of over one hundred years.

Originally called Binkinba by the local Turrbal people, the area was traditionally used for fishing and camping. Today, the park is popular for early morning joggers, bicycles, dog-walkers and those looking for a large open green space in which to relax. Boasting a wide variety of mature trees, New Farm Park is also one of the top spots to see flowering purple Jacarandas in Brisbane.

Insider tip: New Farm Park is a great spot to catch any fireworks displays over Brisbane city – all without the crowds!

Address: 1042 Brunswick Street, New Farm, 4005
Opening hours: Whilst official park hours are from 8.30am – 11.00pm daily, many people make use of the park outside these hours.
Entrance fee: Entry to the gardens is free
Public transport: You can get to New Farm Park by bus or CityCat. From Brisbane CBD, catch the number 196 bus or check the TransLink website for New Farm CityCat timetables.
Wheel-friendly: Pathways are wheel-friendly with most areas easy to access.
Dog-friendly: Dogs on leash are permitted in the park and there is also a fenced, off-lead dog park at the neighbouring Powerhouse Park.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs and boardwalk
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park boardwalk

Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park – River Terrace Section

The Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park runs for approximately one kilometre along the cliffs above the Brisbane River. With an upper and lower section, it’s a terrific spot to take a walk, spread a picnic blanket, check out the art, rock-climb (yes, you heard right!) or just take in the magnificent sunset views of the city skyline.

Originally formed by convicts mining into the bluff to obtain rock for building works, the Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a top spot for sunset photography in Brisbane. With narrow parklands running along the top of the cliffs and along the boardwalk at the base of the river, the parkland is popular year round.

The upper section forms the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park with panoramic views over the Brisbane River, the city skyline and City Botanic Gardens. With a narrow stretch of green grass, the upper park has barbecue facilities, viewing platforms, a clifftop café (note at the time of writing the Cliffs Café is closed for renovations) as well as toilet facilities.

The walking track along the lower section of the park follows the path of the river and is popular with runners and cyclists. The lower path is also lined with interesting artworks. Follow the 2.4 kilometre walk along the Kangaroo Point boardwalk to discover the River Public Art Trail. The sculptures and artworks reflect the river’s maritime history and industrial past. Running from the Maritime Museum in South Bank, the trail concludes at the Thornton Street ferry terminal.

If entering the park from the lower pathway, don’t forget to head to the top of the cliffs for the views across the river of the city’s financial district dotted by small boats and the iconic CityCats. Please take care as the steps leading from the lower level to the Kangaroo Point Park are very steep.

Address: 29 River Terrace, Kangaroo Point, 4169
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
Entrance fee: Entry to the park is free
Public transport: You can reach the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park by bus, train or CityCat. The nearest bus stop is Bus Stop 8 on River Terrace, and the nearest railway stations are Park Road station or South Bank station.
Wheel-friendly: Whilst the paved paths along both the upper and lower sections of the park are wheel-friendly, the steps leading from the Kangaroo Point boardwalk up to the Kangaroo Point Park are very steep and are not suitable for prams, wheelchairs, scooters or bicycles.
Dog-friendly: Dogs are welcome as long as they remain on a leash.

Anzac Square
Anzac Square is a petite garden that holds deep meaning for all Australians

ANZAC Square

This pretty and petite Brisbane garden is a favourite spot to escape the city crowds at lunch, but unfortunately there are only a few spots to sit and enjoy the park. With paths for strolling, sections of lawn and a palm-lined walkway, the heritage-listed town square is also a war memorial dedicated to Australian and New Zealand soldiers.

Taking pride of place is the spectacular Shrine of Remembrance containing the Eternal Flame, continuously burning in its central bronze urn. Located beneath the square is the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries, an interactive collection of Queensland military history. Open Sunday to Friday (10.00am to 4.00pm), the collection is curated by the State Library of Queensland.

Located between Ann Street and Adelaide Street in the heart of the Brisbane CBD, ANZAC Square is perfect for grabbing a coffee and a moment of solitude in-between activities.

Address: 285 Ann Street, Brisbane, 4000
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
Entrance fee: Entry to the square is free
Public transport: You can get to ANZAC Square by bus or train. The nearest railway station is Central Station with a walkway (tunnel) connecting directly to the square.
Wheel-friendly: The park is wheel-friendly. Access to the railway tunnel is via stairs.
Dog-friendly: Dogs are welcome as long as they remain on a leash.

Queens Gardens (Queens Park)

With immaculate lawns edged with tropical palm trees, Queens Gardens (also known as Queens Park) is a little pocket of green in the heart of Brisbane’s Central Business District. Taking up a city block, the heritage-listed gardens are nestled between George, Elizabeth and William Streets, and are flanked by the Old Museum, Treasury Casino and the former Land Administration Building.

Established in 1905, the gardens are dedicated to Queen Victoria, with a bronze statue of the Queen taking centre stage. The park also contains small flower beds and several benches on which to sit and simply people watch.

Address: 144 George Street, Brisbane, 4000
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
Entrance fee: Entry to the gardens is free
Public transport: Catch the free Brisbane Loop Bus which stops on George Street (stop 116). You can also reach the gardens by train alighting at Central Station.
Wheel-friendly: Queens Gardens is wheel-friendly.
Dog-friendly: Dogs on leash are permitted in the park.

Map of the most beautiful gardens in Brisbane

The following is a map of the most beautiful gardens in Brisbane, all in one convenient spot for your reference.

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