Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha

Quick Overview:

Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha are the perfect place to come and relax, with a huge range of beautiful plants from stunning rainforests, to cactuses. Throw in the beautiful lakes, the abundance of wildlife and the views from the lookout, and you are sure to be impressed.

IMG_2569What Is It?

Located at the base of Mt Coot-tha, you will find a beautiful, subtropical expanse that is the Brisbane Botanic Gardens (not to be confused with the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens). The humongous gardens have free guided tours every day at 11AM and 1PM, however for the best experience we recommend setting aside a day, grabbing a map from the front gate and getting lost within this maze of natural beauty.


Within the tranquil gardens you will find a very large range of amazing and rare plants and flowers, as well as plenty of wildlife, including beautiful birds and turtles. Throughout the garden you will find plenty of luscious grassy hills to set up a picnic blanket, as well as picnic tables and benches galore.



One of our favourite parts of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens would have to be the Japanese garden area which was originally part of the Japan Pavilion at Expo 88. We loved walking over the small waterfall and seeing the dragon flies that have made the garden their home.



The gardens are also home to a children’s hide and seek trail, where you will enjoy navigating through the winding rainforest trails trying to spot the plaques and sculptures within. This part of the gardens alone is sure to keep the kids entertained for hours!


Other noteworthy features within the Brisbane Botanic Gardens include the fern house, Bonsai house, tropical display dome and of course the cactus zone. The range of plants and wildlife here truly is amazing.

In our opinion the absolute best feature however, would have to be the lookout right at the top of the gardens, where you will see a breathtaking view over the entire city. Getting to the lookout is quite a hike, so luckily it is accessible by vehicle on weekdays.


How Long Does It Take?

Spending as little as an hour in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens will give you plenty of time to see all the main attractions and leave you feeling relaxed and peaceful, however for the best experience we recommend packing a picnic and spending the entire day here.

How Do I Get There?

Brisbane Botanic Gardens are located at the base of Mt Coot-tha, on Mt Coot-tha rd, Toowong. For more details, see the map below:

What Should I Bring?

We recommend bringing long sleeve clothing, a picnic lunch and your camera. Its also a good idea to bring good ankle supporting footwear and some sunscreen. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a map from the front of the gardens!

What Do You Think?

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