The Queensland Botanic Trail
Brisbane's Botanic Gardens
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at suburban Mt Coot-tha is Queensland's premier subtropical Botanic Gardens. Featuring a number of internationally significant collections including the world’s largest collection of Australian Native Rainforest trees, a Japanese Garden including Australia's largest public bonsai display, Cool Temperate, Cacti & Succulent and Herb & Fragrant Gardens. Tropical Display Dome, Fern, Bromeliad and Cacti Houses. The remainder of the 60 hectares Gardens are devoted to significant regional exotic and native Australian plant collections.
The 16 hectare riverside City Botanic Gardens, Queensland’s ‘Cradle of Horticulture’ is our States first gazetted Botanic Gardens (1828) featuring beautiful mature trees and views of the river and Brisbane City.
Other attractions include a Bamboo Grove, Weeping Fig Avenue, Mangrove Board Walk ornamental ponds and Heritage listed plantings.
Special events are held on the Riverstage.
Brisbane Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens are open 8:30am to 5:30pm seven days a week (closed at 5pm April - August). The City Botanic Gardens are open daily 24 hrs.
Getting there: Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens - are located seven kilometres from the city centre on Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong.Entry to the gardens’ main car park is from Mt Coot-tha Road. On weekdays, vehicles are permitted to drive through the gardens. Buses stop at the gardens -for details, visit www.translink.qld.gov.au or call 13 12 30. Gates are closed to vehicle access at 4pm and on weekends and public holidays. more information about the gardens
City Botanic Gardens - The City Botanic Gardens are only a 10 to 15 minute walk frh a bus or ferry to the gardens. The free Loop bus stops on Alice Street and George Streeom Brisbane city centre and Central or Roma Street railway stations. You can also catct. CityCat and City Ferry terminals are located at the bottom end of Edward Street and at the rear of Parliament House.
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens
Located on Gin Gin Road on the city’s northern outskirts,the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens sprawl over 27 hectares of land and feature over 10,000 trees and shrubs.
The centrepiece of the Botanic Gardens is the magnificent lakes which create a diverse habitat attracting up to 114 species of birds. The Gardens also feature a wedding chapel, shaded picnic areas, themed Chinese and Japanese gardens, beautiful boardwalks, and a children’s playground which enhance the appeal of one of Bundaberg’s favourite lifestyle precincts. Take time to discover our spirit at the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.
Other attractions within the botanic gardens include the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Hinkler House Memorial Museum, beautifully restored Fairymead House, Bundaberg Historical Museum, an historical restored steam train and cafe restaurant.
Open: Open to the public 7 days a week 5:30am - 6:45pm from September to April, 6:30am - 6:00pm from May to August
Getting there: Gin Gin Road (follow signs north to Gin Gin), 4 kms north of the city centre.
Entry: Free; entry fees apply to the museum complexes and historic railway.
Cairns Botanic Gardens
Cairns Botanic Gardens exhibits both native and exotic plants from the world tropics. It features a Fernery, Orchid house and Aboriginal Plant Use Garden
The Gondwanan Garden is a plant evolution garden and the Rainforest Boardwalk traverses a remnant of Lowland Swamp Rainforest to the Centenary Lakes which features both a Freshwater and a Saltwater lake.
Adjoining the botanic gardens is the Mt Whitfield Conservation Park which contains two walking tracks traversing both native rainforest and open grasslands. The botanic gardens also manage the Jack Barnes Memorial Mangrove Boardwalk located at the Airport.
Open: Information Centre Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.00pm
Gardens gates : 7.30am - 5.30pm (every day of the year
Getting there: Collins Avenue, 4 km north of the Cairns business district, Edge Hill.
Cooktown Botanic Gardens
Established in 1878 the Gallop Botanic Reserve encompases 62.3 Ha (154 acres) on theedge of Cooktown and contains the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and walking trails to Finch Bay and Cherry Tree Bay. The Visitor Information Centre, Natures Powerhouse, is located in the gardens and has a verandah cafe, a Qld Museum exhibit, a bookshop and the Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery. The historic Solander Garden has living specimens of the 325 plants collected by
Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander on board the Bark Endeavour with Captain Cook at the Endeavour River, Cooktown in 1770.
This makes the area the basis of the European knowledge of Australian flora of the time and therefore a very important part of our heritage.
The Living Collection includes:
Palmetum with both native and exotic palms,
The “Enchanted Garden”, a shady damp place with Gingers, Costus, Bromelliads and ferns,
Orchid House - featuring Queenland's flora emblem,
Desert Garden - featuring succulents and cacti,
Wetlands section - Mangroves (especially those painted by Vera Scarth-Johnson) and other wetlands plants,
Brachychiton section on Diane Duncan Hill,
The Vera Scarth-Johnson Garden - plants painted by renowned botanical artist Vera Scarth-Johnson,
Guided tours of the garden operate April-October.
Open: Gardens open 24hrs, Information Centre open 7 days 9:00am-5.00pm
Getting there: Turn right off the Mulligan Highway into Walker Street and follow the signs to the Visitors Information Centre and Botanic Gardens.
Entry: Gardens entry: Free. Entry to the Galleries: $3.50
Emerald Botanic Gardens
The Emerald Botanic Gardens are situated on the banks of the Nogoa River, the life blood of the Emerald Irrigation Area. They are the only botanic gardens in the Central Western District of Queensland.
Stage 1 and 2 of the development has covered 6.5 hectares and are now well established. The total area of gardens is 42 hectares. There are approximately 6kms of walking tracks throughout the Eastern and Western sides of the Botanical Gardens. Some of the attractions you will find on the Western Side of the gardens include play equipment and BBQ area, Band Stand, the Rose Garden and Mono Rail. Stage 3 of the gardens is situated on the eastern side of the Nogoa River and consists of approximately 36 hectares.
Most of this section has been devoted to plants which are indigenous to the Central Highlands. Features include the Federation Pillars, Marbles in the Park, the Water Fall and Bush Chapel. The Marathon Mill windmill (as Southern Cross mill) was built in 1931 and was used or irrigation on "Marathon", one of the early pioneer farms near Emerald. It was restored and erected at its present site in 1994. It now pumps water into a lagoon in the botanic gardens and can be viewed from the car park off Rifle Range Road.
Special plant displays include Eucalyptus, Blackdown Tablelands, Cypress, Rifle Range, Basalt, Softwood Scrub and Carnarvon Gorge collections.
Open: Daily, daylight hours.
Getting there: Access via Opal Street and Rifle Range Road, just 5 minutes drive south of the town centre.
Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
Established progressively since 2003, and still growing, the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are set on 31 hectares, just 10 minutes drive from central Surfers Paradise.
The Mangroves to Mountains Walk is a key feature inspired by the Master Plan. It showcases the vegetation of the south-east region in a garden like setting. A stroll along the extensive formal and informal path network will take visitors through gardens representing montane, dry rainforest, eucalypt woodland, freshwater wetlands, melaleuca wetlands, butterfly and bush food gardens . The Mangroves to Mountains collection also includes a regional tree collection with specimens from the regions rainforest communities and a corridor of hundreds of regional gum trees.
Along the lake front, the more formal Horticulture Display Gardens boast a broad palette of plants from around the globe along with a range of Australian native plants. There is an ever changing parade of flowers for every season as well all abilities access Sensory Garden.
The Friends' Centre, is our hub for visitor information. Surrounded by native gardens the Centre is staffed daily by Friends volunteers between 10am and 2pm. Guided walks are available by prior appointment.
www.gcparks.com.au/parks or www.fgcbg.org.au
Open: From dawn to dusk each day.
Getting There: The Gardens are located at 232 Ashmore Road, Benowa, opposite Benowa State High School.
Entry: Free. There is visitors parking on site and picnic facilities.
Goondiwindi Botanic Gardens
Situated on the western outskirts of town, the gardens are home to a living museum of the unique plant communities to the Upper Darling Basin. Native plants in the gardens are displayed in natural communities merging into each other as they occur in nature. The area from which the plants are drawn stretches from the mountains to the desert and hosts a wonderful variety of species.
The gardens features a beautiful 5 hectare lake with a nesting islandfor native birds such as the Wood Duck, Pelican and Spoonbill. The lake provides an area for all types of watersports, including swimming and canoeing. 2 hectares have been landscaped specifically for public recreation, with BBQ and playground facilities, shelter sheds, toilet amenities, all weather gravel roads and ample car parking.
Open: Daily, during daylight hours.
Getting there: From the town centre - follow Russel Street/Lagoon Street Highway 85 west. Turn left into Brennans Road and follow the signs.
Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens are situated on 26 hectares incorporating some of the orginal sand dunes of the area.The of gardens were established some 32 years ago to display indigenous plants of the Great Sandy Strait region. Natural vegetation of the Fraser Coast, formal gardens and wetlands intermingle to provide an environmental delight. Native wildlife including birds and turtles have made the lagoon their home. The Bush Chapel provides an open air cathedral surrounded by rainforest trees and is available for use on that special occasion.
Areas of interest include the Japanese Bridge, Bush Tucker Garden, Woodland/wetlands area, the Orchid House and the new Chinese Gardens (to be completed in early 2012).
The Orchid House is home to a collection of around 15,000 orchids which were donated by a local resident. The major seasonal flower displays occur in spring and autumn with smaller displays every month. There is a small entry fee and gifts and souvenirs can be purchased.
Open: Gardens are open daily from 6.30am – 8.30pm. The Orchid House is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 3.00pm.
Getting there: From Boat Harbour Drive turn into Elizabeth Street. From the Esplanade turn into Elizabeth Street, Urangan.
Entry: Free entry to the Botanic Gardens.
Longreach Botanic Gardens
A recommendation to establish a regional botanic garden in Longreach resulted in the commencement of a 2.5km 'linear botanic walk' alongside the Landsborough highway. This was extended in 1994 to link in with the Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum. Soils, rocks and plant material were brought in from the surrounding environments.
The plant collection has developed successfully to clearly demonstrate the potential of the Mitchell Grass Downs species for use in ornamental horticulture. The gardens also provide an attractive landscape with a regional ‘sense of place’ along the eastern approach to Longreach. Many unique plants can be appreciated as you meander along the botanic walkway including Eremophila, Cassia, Acacia, Saltbush, Eucalyptus and Gidgee.
Open: Daily 24hrs
Address: Commences at Galah Street and runs to the Stockman's Hall of Fame, Landsborough Highway - Longreach
Ph: 07 4658 4150
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
A green oasis on the edge of Mackay city, the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is a young and growing place - opened in May, 2003. Over 3kms of paths and boardwalks meander through 51 hectares of tropical and subtropical gardens, wetlands and open space surrounding the wildlife filled lagoons - a haven for birdlife. On display are the beautiful, rare and special plants of the Central Queensland Coast bioregion that surrounds Mackay and the Whitsundays, plus native and exotic plants from similar climates from around the world.
Key collections include the luxuriant Tropical Shade Garden, 'Screens and Hedges', the informative Heritage, Coal and Geology Gardens and the naturalistic Regional Forests Gardens.
The Cafe & Restaurant on the Lagoon and the Lagoons Gallery are perched 10 metres above the water and overlooking the rainforsted Finch Hatton Gorge Waterway garden offers panoramic views across the entire Gardens. Guided walks operate every Friday at 9:30am from April to October.
Open: Daily, during daylight hours. The Gardens Shop and Tropical Shade Garden are open on weekdays 9-5 and Sunday 10-2. Cafe & Gallery open Wed - Fri 10am to 3pm, weekends 9am to 4pm.
Getting there: Main entrance at 9 Lagoon Street, West Mackay, just 100 metres off highway A1 (look for the botanic gardens signs on the highway) 5 kms south of the city centre. Southern entrance located on Ram Chandra Place off Highway A1, adjacent to the Mackay Tourist Information Centre.
Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens
The Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, located in Tanawha on the Sunshine Coast, showcase plants native to east coast subtropical Australia. These local plants are perfectly adapted to the Sunshine Coast's climate and conditions.
The gardens, including the Arts and Ecology Centre are set amongst 82 hectares of eucalypt and riparian forest, with creeks, lagoons, walking tracks, glades, artworks, picnic tables and of course, a myriad of native plants and wildlife.
While the forest setting is old, the gardens are new. Please come and visit again and again to watch as plants grow, mosses spread on rocks, birds nest, frogs spawn, and new garden areas are created. Or stop by and enjoy the many facilities the gardens have to offer. You can also use the gardens for outdoor wedding/formal ceremonies and for a range of educational activities
Open: The garden is open from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm (April to October) and 7.00 am to 6.00 pm (November to March)
Getting there: Take the Sippy Downs, Buderim exit off the Highway A1. Take the Tanawha Tourist Drive turnoff (25) and simply follow the signs.
Myall Park Botanic Garden
More than a beautiful place - Myall Park Botanic Garden is where people can find respite and inspiration. It is a refuge for biological treasures from all around Australia, an outdoor classroom where people can acquire knowledge and motivation to be stewards of the plant and animals in our communities. This Garden is in an ideal location to feature plants from semi-arid, arid and dry tropical regions. Soil types differ throughout the Garden enabling a wide variety of species, both in-situ and ex-situ. Species from across Australia, especially Western Australia are showcased.
Open: Daily. The Garden is open throughout the year, except from December 20 to January 20
Getting there: Myall Park Rd, via Glenmorgan, 350kms west of Brisbane
Entry: $5.00 per person, children under 14 visiting with families - free.
Noosa Botanic Gardens
Noosa’s hidden jewel – Noosa Botanic Gardens, are located on the tranquil shore of Lake MacDonald a short drive from the hinterland town of Cooroy. Visitors will be awestruck by the magnificent lake views of Lake MacDonald from a Grecian-Style amphitheatre as well as other parts of the gardens. Walking tracks meander through 8 hectares of garden, including a Zen Garden, Sculpture Garden, Rainforest, Fern/Orchid house, open Air Bush Chapel and Picnic areas to name a few.
Exotic and Native trees and shrubs provide a colourful backdrop and offer shelter to over 90 different species of birds, frogs and insects – a delight for Photographers, Birdwatchers and Nature lovers.
Open: Daily 24 hours
Fern house Monday - Friday 7.00am - 3.30pm
Address: Lake Macdonald Drive, Cooroy
07 5475 7272 Sunshine Coast Council
FRIENDS of NOOSA BOTANIC GARDENS Inc
P O Box 454 Noosa Heads Q 4567
Phone: 07 5447 1577
Redcliffe Botanic Garden
The Gardens have a multitude of picturesque and shaded areas, which provide a popular place for gatherings. There are shelters, seating and drinking fountains provided at various locations as well as facilities for people with a disability.
Peninsula Herb Garden
Moreton Region Rainforest
Open: Open 7 days, 6.00am - 6.00pm (closed Christmas Day)
Getting there: 10 minutes from Brisbane’s northern suburbs and 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD via the Gateway Arterial. From the south, cross the Houghton Highway, follow the Hornibrook Esplanade and then turn left into Victoria Avenue; from the north, follow Anzac Avenue to Redcliffe and turn right into Victoria Avenue. Entry is via George or Henzell Street.
Redlands IndigiScapes Centre
Opened in 2000, the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre highlights plants locally native to the Redlands area, covering manyof the most beautiful plants of coastal south-east Queensland. The gardens demonstrate the way different plants can be used in landscaping Indigiscapes and actively promotes the use of local species to help prevent future encroachment into our bushland of exotic species. The gardens are divided into themes based on local habitats and functional use such as Coastal, Wild Herb, Rainforest, Formal, Butterfly and Wetland with new themes currently being developed.
As well as the gardens, visitors can enjoys walking tracks through the 14ha of bushland, including the magnificent 400 year old Tallowwood tree and the bird viewing platform over the lagoon. Koalas can often be seen on the tracks and in the car park, and birdlife is plentiful throughout the gardens, bushland and on the lagoon.
It is a great family location with a playground including a flying-fox, free BBQ’s and plenty of open space to play. The
education centre has a wealth of information on native gardening, local plants and general environmental topics and the cafe specialises in native flavours with its food. Local native tubestock plants are always available for purchase and a larger plant sale is held on the first Saturday of each month.
Open: The gardens and centre are open 10am to 4pm every day except Monday. The bush walking tracks and car park are open daylight hours.
Getting there: Located at 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba, about 30 minutes south of the Brisbane CBD. Take the Gateway Motorway south and take the exit onto Old Cleveland Rd, following it for about 6km. Turn right at Capalaba, into Redland Bay Rd and follow for about 3km, turning right into Runnymede Rd just before the Vienna Rd intersection.
Rockhampton Botanic Garden
The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise and provides a perfect location for a relaxing afternoon stroll. Ninety-six acres of grazing land on the western slopes of the Athelstane Range was set aside for a botanical garden in 1869. Today. excellent specimens of palms, cycads - some specimens over 100 years old are found throughout the beautifully manicured grounds of this heritage botanic garden.
Hugo Lassen Fernery
Cenotaph and Lone Pine avenue
Palms and Cycads collection. At last count there were over 200 species covering more than 60 Genera, and more palm plantings
Murray Lagoon Fauna Sanctuary
The Gardens Tearoom is located under a Giant Banyan Fig and it's location beneath the large aerial roots which help support it's massive spreading branches is unique. Beyond the Gardens Tearoom, tables and free barbeque facilities have been set up under another of these figs - an ideal spot for a picnic.
Open: Gardens open daily 6am to 6pm. The Gardens Tearoom opens daily from 8am - 5pm, 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day). Rockhampton Zoo open daily from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
Getting there: Access is via Spencer Street or Ann Street, South Rockhampton. Follow the signs from Gladstone Road Highway A1.
Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens
Nestled in a quiet valley, these picturesque, rainforest-surrounded Gardens feature plants from both the cool temperate and subtropical zones. Administered by TM Garden Club Volunteers for 26 years, the boutique Gardens of 11 hectares have grown into an attractive venue. Landscaped themes feature a Japanese Garden, lake and quaint stone bridge, Roses, Magnolias, Rhododendrons, Gardenias, Camellias, Perennials, Hydrangeas, and Bromeliads. The Contemplative Sites, selected because of their beauty or serenity tempt you to sit awhile to enjoy the ambience of the setting, Enjoy the short rainforest walk, Palm grove boardwalk, or the Cherry tree walk.
Open: Open daylight hours 7 days a week.
Getting there: Forsythia Drive, Eagle Heights on Tamborine Mountain in the Hinterland of the Gold Coast in SE Queensland. It is easily accessed from the M1 Motorway Exit 57 at Oxenford and by following the signs to 'Tamborine Mountain'. The trip from the M1 will take about 25 minutes. Once on the mountain, turn left into Long Road at the Fig Tree and garden roundabout (Gallery Walk is to the right of this roundabout) travel down the hill and take the third street to the right (Forsythia Drive) the Botanic Gardens are approximately 200mtrs. on the right.
Entry: Free - donations appreciated
Tondoon Botanic Garden - Gladstone
Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens is a regional botanic garden maintaining a scientific collection from two main areas, that of the Port Curtis Gladsstone Gladstone TondoonRegion and Far North Queensland. The Gardens were officially opened in October 1988 and extensive development has continued since the opening, incorporating more than 1,500 species in cultivation.
Pathways and boardwalks lead visitors through a range of naturalisitic representations of the regions's diverse flora - from the coast to mountaintop rainforests as well as wonderful collections from the rainforests of North Queensland. Other highlights include an authentic Japanese Teahourse and garden and cafe overlooking one of the sites many lagoons is a peaceful place to listen to the birds and enjoy a light snack.
Open: October 1 - March 30:
Weekends 9am - 6pm. Weekdays 7am - 6pm April 1 - September 30:
Weekends 8:30am - 5:30pm. Weekdays 7am - 5:30pm
BG's Cafe and Takeaway Office Hours: 8.15am to 5pm
Open 7 Days a week 8.00am - 4.00pm
Gardens and Cafe closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Getting there: From the south - Follow the Gladstone - Benaraby Road into Gladstone from Highway A1, turn left into Phillip Street then left again into Glenlyon Road and follow the signs. From the north - follow the Gladstone - Mt Larcom Road into Gladstone, turn right into Blain Drive and right again into the Dawson Highway. Turn left into Phillip Street and right into Glenlyon Road and follow the signs
Toowoomba's Botanic Gardens
Featuring an annual explosion of colour, lush green lawns and towering corridors of beautiful heritage trees (dating back to 1879); Toowoomba’s magnificent Queens Park is a must-see for visitors. With its welcoming open spaces, the park is a popular year-round destination for sporting groups and social get-togethers. Each year it plays host to major events such as the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and Easterfest celebrations.
With views to the Bunya Mountains, Peacehaven Park is situated 15 minutes from Toowoomba. Stands of remnant vegetation and beautiful old eucalypts provide a backdrop for a rapidly developing collection of local species.
For more information go to – www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au
Getting there: Peacehaven Botanic Park, 56 Kuhls Rd, Highfields. Take the New England Highway A3 towards Crows Nest, then turn left at Cawdor Road.
Queen's Park Gardens are situated in the city at the corner of Hume, Campbell and Lindsay Streets.
Phillip Street and right into Glenlyon Road and follow the signs
Townville's Botanic Gardens
Townsville boasts 3 botanic gardens throughout the city - with diverse collections representing the cities colonial past and sustainable future in the Dry Tropics.
Anderson Gardens is the largest botanic garden in Townsville, covering 25 hectares. The gardens include fine specimens of tropical trees and palms, grand avenues and the World Cycad Collection. Originally planted as an arboretum, the collections are developing with a strong emphasis on native and dry tropical plants.
The Palmetum is a 17 hectare botanic garden displaying one of the largest and most diverse public collections of palms in the world. The extensive palm collection displayed in a variety of habitats is the main feature of the gardens; Pandanaceae and cacti and succulents are also well represented. Tumbetin Lodge at the main entrance is an example of local heritage architecture and contains a café and visitor facilities.
Queens Gardens is the oldest Botanic Garden in Townsville (1870) and is heritage listed. Now covering 4 hectares, reduced from an original 40Ha, it is considered a fine example of a tropical colonial garden of that era. Today the gardens are a lush green oasis set against the dramatic pink granite cliffs of Castle Hill, and offer a quiet cool retreat from the nearby city centre. The emphasis of the current plant collection is on colonial ornamental plants with colourful, attractive flowers, foliage or fruit.
Open: Daily, 24 hrs.
Getting there: Anderson Gardens - travel south along Gulliver Street for vehicle access. Pedestrian access from Fulham Road, Balls Lane, and Wellington Street, Mundingburra
The Palmetum - Entrance is off University Road, on the south side of Ross River in the suburb of Annandale.
Queen's Gardens - located on the corner of Gregory and Paxton Street, 1.2 km north of the city centre in North Ward. Entrance is off Paxton Street, Gregory Street and Kennedy Lane.
Whitsunday Regional Botanic Gardens
Queensland newest botanic gardens in currently being constructed in the beautiful Cannonvale Beach Foreshore Parkland overlooking the Coral Sea. Focusing on flora endemic to the Whitsunday region, vegetation communities from the beach to open woodlands and the rainforest clad mountains rising above Airlie Beach will be represented here. Special plants include the endemic Whitsunday Bottle Tree - Brachychiton compactus. An oceanfront pathway joins the site to Airlie Beach and offer stunning views across the Pioneer Bay to Pigeon Island and beyond to the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
Open: Daily, 24hrs.
Getting there: Follow the Shute Harbour Road from Proserpine into Airlie Beach. At Cannonvale, turn left into either Beach Road or Coral Esplanade.