Gardens in Brisbane — 7 Gardens to Visit With Brisbane Kids
Looking for something different to do with the kids? Why not get out and explore one of the many beautiful gardens that Brisbane has to offer? Pack a picnic, grab the kids and head outdoors for some exploring. Here are the top 7 gardens to visit in Brisbane:
1. City Botanic Gardens
Why not head into the city and explore the City Botanic Gardens? Take the kids’ bikes and hire some for yourselves and take a leisurely ride around these expansive gardens. Kids will love the newly renovated playground and the boardwalk through the mangroves over the Brisbane River (great for the imagination and for viewing passing Citycats). See what wildlife you can spot in the gardens and ornamental ponds, be it lizards, birds or insects (and possums at dusk). Marvel at the huge trees in the Weeping Fig Avenue or listen to the bamboo creak and rustle as it blows in the wind in the Bamboo Grove. Situated alongside the river, the City Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to sit and take in the riverside views and enjoy a picnic on the grassy lawns. Don’t forget to take some duck food with you!
2. Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha
With 52 hectares of Australian plants, there’s more than enough room at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens for active youngsters to run around and burn excess energy! Don’t miss the Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail, specially designed to teach kids about their natural environment. Collect one of the brochures before you start and the kids will have fun following the 17 steps of the trail, learning about local plants and animals. Another not-to-miss event is the story time sessions. These take place on selected Tuesdays in the garden from 9:30–10:30am and are aimed at 3-5 year olds. Round off your visit with a picnic next to the lovely little lake or head up to Mt Coot-tha’s summit for an ice-cream and a view!
3. Redcliffe Botanic Gardens
Encourage budding chefs to learn about the herbs used in the kitchen. Explore and enjoy the Herb Garden with its whopping 500 species of herbs! Visit the Chorizema spring, designed to replicate a natural pond system, and see if the kids can spot the frog! But the star of the show is definitely the huge bat colony. And by huge, we mean gigantic! There are over 1,000 bats at any given time, day or night, and the kids will be fascinated to watch these flying foxes rest in the trees or flap and fly around the treetops.
4. Redlands Indigiscape
Indigiscape has a host of beautifully designed gardens, all carefully constructed to show how local plants can be used in your garden. The kids will enjoy walking through the diverse gardens with each garden laid out according to themes, such as Coastal, Wild Herb, Rainforest, Formal, Butterfly and Wetland. Then head over to the playground for some fun! Check out the flying fox, sandpit, maze and interactive koala wall! Or why not take up one of the free audio tours, aimed at kids aged 6-10 years? Or wander along one of the three walking trails and try spot the wildlife, including native birds, turtles, lizards and more. There are a heap of child-friendly events and activities run during the year, so take a look at the website when planning a visit.
5. Roma Street Parkland
Sixteen hectares of parkland right in the heart of the city is what makes Roma Street Parkland so special. In the parkland, you will find an array of stunning green spaces, from flower gardens and inviting lawns to forests and lakes. Take a free guided tour or have a ride on the great Parkland Explorer train to see all the sights. There are not one but two great playgrounds within the parkland, which combine a huge variety of play equipment with the beauty of nature. There is even a Children’s Garden with herbs and veges and even a worm farm. There are bike and walking paths throughout the gardens, as well as many great spots for picnics. With so much to see and explore, you can easily spend a whole day here and still want to come back for more!
6. Epicurious Garden, South Bank
The Epicurious Garden at South Bank Parklands is an ornamental and productive garden that was established to inspire people’s interest in edible produce and to teach them how to do grow and use their own fresh, seasonal produce. Covering 1500m2 and with 30 garden beds, the Epicurious Garden is packed with tasty treats, from herbs and vegetables to Asian greens and edible flowers. There is informative signage and links to recipes. Plus, if you visit the gardens between 7am-11.30am Tuesday-Thursday, the on-site garden volunteers can teach you all about gardening and cooking with the great produce. Get in early on those days and you can even select some of the great produce to take home for free from the harvest cart!
7. Queens’ Park, Ipswich
Queen’s Park is an institution in Ipswich! Take a walk through the Japanese Gardens designed for peace and tranquility and enjoy the art and form of the garden. Or visit the adventure playground with its mining and railway theme. It will definitely keep the kids entertained with its flying fox, model train and the Liberty Swing, which gives people with disabilities and children in wheelchairs the chance to experience swinging. Check out the Nature Centre and The Barn. The Nature Centre houses native animals in their natural environment. See wallabies, wombats, quolls, snakes and even bilbies! The Barn has a range of farm animals for the kids to see and feed at certain times of the day. Be sure to stop off at the rainforest aviary filled with colourful birds. There’s lots to see and do and the kids will be sure to enjoy this fun filled day out!
If you are happy to head out on a road trip you should also check out the Toowoomba Queens Park Gardens — which not only plays host to a flower show but also has a wonderful Japanese Garden.