A quick walk from the Brisbane city centre is the peaceful city Botanical Gardens. Located along the Brisbane River in Alice Street, the Gardens provides a pleasant interlude from the hectic city pace with open green spaces great for recreational activities and picnics. City workers flock here during their lunch break.
Self-guided walking tours or guided tours conducted by volunteers provide informative talks on the many plant species found within the grounds. Special features include weeping fig avenue, bamboo grove, sculptures, lagoon and water features. Figs, rainforest trees and cycads also exist in the gardens.
A bike ride through the gardens and along the river trail is a great way to see the park and take advantage of the fabulous Brisbane weather. Many locals decide to walk or jog here daily in the tranquil surroundings.
A 380m long boardwalk amongst the mangroves is another feature of the gardens. This eventually leads to the Goodwill Bridge, a good walk across to South bank.
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the Old Government House border the site at Gardens Point, next to the Botanical Gardens. The kiosk in the park provides a map of the area with information and history on plants in Australia, and the City Gardens café is a great spot for a coffee.
The City ferries pick up from various points around the river with drop off points at the Gardens and further around the river walk towards the Story Bridge. The Botanical Gardens provide a relaxing landscape, a garden backdrop to escape the city.