Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane

2018 March 15 Mount Coottha Botanic Gardens Brisbane Lagoon and bamboo

We’ve lived in Brisbane for a few years but until recently I’d never visited the Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha. Recently we had an hour or so to fill in before the start of Sunset Cinema, which is being held in the gardens, and it provided the perfect opportunity to wander around the gardens at their most beautiful time of day.

The Mt Coot-tha gardens were established in 1970 and officially opened in 1976. They are one of two Botanic Gardens in Brisbane – the other (much older) gardens are located in the city adjacent to the Brisbane River. After flooding in the city gardens damaged valuable plant collections on a number of occasions, an open woodland site was established on the eastern slopes of Mt Coot-tha.

2018 March 15 Mount Coottha Botanic Gardens Brisbane Red Flower

The Mt Coot-tha gardens are arranged in thematic and geographical displays, including rainforest, temperate garden, fragrant plants, kitchen garden, an arid zone, Japanese garden, and a lagoon and bamboo grove. There’s also a fern house, bonsai house, and tropical dome.

2018 March 15 Mount Coottha Botanic Gardens Brisbane Eastern Water Dragon

One of the many eastern water dragons you’ll find in the gardens.

The Botanical Café has a lovely view over the lagoon and is a great place to stop for lunch or a coffee, though be warned that it closes before the gardens do. We were disappointed that we couldn’t buy coffee or a cold drink after 4pm, even though the gardens were still open.

2018 March 15 Mount Coottha Botanic Gardens Brisbane Tropical Display Dome

The Tropical Display Dome .

The Information Centre is worth lingering in, and you can ask here about the free guided walks and other activities. Among more recent additions to the gardens is a band shelter adjacent to the natural amphitheatre where Sunset Cinema is held.

All in all, it’s a lovely spot to walk and relax in, and I can highly recommend taking the time to enjoy these beautiful gardens.

2018 March 15 Mount Coottha Botanic Gardens Brisbane Spiky Trees

2018 March 15 Mount Coottha Botanic Gardens Brisbane Planetarium

The Cosmic Skydome (Planetarium).

2018 March 15 Mount Coottha Botanic Gardens Brisbane Scultpures

2018 March 15 Mount Coottha Botanic Gardens Brisbane Red and golden flowers

2018 March 15 Mount Coottha Botanic Gardens Brisbane Bird

2018 March 15 Mount Coottha Botanic Gardens Brisbane Arid Region Plants

2018 March 15 Mount Coottha Botanic Gardens Brisbane Lagoon and bridge

If you go:

What? Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Where? Mt Coot-tha Road
Toowong Qld 4066
Australia
Cost? Entry is free.
Details: www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

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