Low Cost and Free Native Plants Brisbane

Native Plant Nursery

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance garden and want to improve the lives of local wildlife, maybe it’s time to consider native plants in your garden planning. With the abundance of native plants suitable for our climate in South-East Queensland, there’s sure to be one that suits your style. And it’s never too early to start educating your kids about plant and wildlife conservation.

Why choose native plants?

There are huge benefits when including native plants in your garden. They are hardy plants that are easy to grow and can be easily maintained. They also require less water than other plant types which is necessary for Australian conditions. Native plants also provide food and shelter for local wildlife. Your kids will be excited to see the birds, lizards and butterflies your new plants bring to the garden.

Our local councils have done the hard work for you and found the best native plants that have adapted to local conditions. This means they will thrive with just a little bit of love and care from you and your Brisbane Kids.

Brisbane City Council

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Brisbane City Council offers free native plants to residents and community groups. Their website has a comprehensive list of plants available with descriptions and growing requirements, so you can find the best type for your garden. They also list the wildlife each plant might attract.

You can find your free native plants at these locations.

  • City Farm Nursery
  • Green Trees Plant Nursery
  • Plant Factory Outlet
  • Cottage Garden Nursery
  • Palms for Brisbane Nursery
  • Paten Park Native Nursery
  • Ross Evans Garden Centre

Check out the Council’s Youtube channel for information on how to plant your new trees.

You can find out more about the Free Native Plants Program and participating nurseries here.

Moreton Bay Regional Council


Moreton Bay Regional Council has several community nurseries where residents can purchase native plants for their gardens.

  • Bribie Island Community Nursery
  • Community Nursery located at the Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre (CREEC)
  • Pine Rivers Community Nursery located at Kumbartcho Sanctuary
  • Friends of Lagoon Creek Community Nursery (FOLC)
  • Redcliffe Botanic Gardens

Take a look here for a full list of nursery addresses and opening details.

Ipswich City Council

In a bid to create a greener and more beautiful city, Ipswich City Council has a generous native plant initiative that provides residents with free plants every financial year. The number of plants a resident is eligible for will depend on their property type.

Residents are required to apply to Council before visiting the council nurseries to obtain their plants.

  • Queens Park Nursery
  • Goodna Nursery
  • Mobile Nursery

Plants can also be purchased by residents at Queens Park Nursery.

For more details about Ipswich City Council’s free plant program, please check their website.

Redland City Council


Redland City Council provides native plants to residents for a minimal charge during monthly plant sales held at Indigiscapes. They also offer koala food trees free of charge. Most of the plants available are grown from seed collected within Redlands Conservation Reserves and then grown onsite.

Indigiscapes is an environmental education centre with themed gardens featuring plants native to the Redlands area. The Centre provides handy tips on how to plan your garden at home and volunteers are on hand to provide advice.

Find out more about buying native plants and exploring Indigiscapes.

Logan City Council

Logan City Council offers a ‘free trees’ program each financial year. Residents and community groups can choose from native and non-native plant species at various collection points on specific dates throughout the year.

  • Marsden Parks Depot
  • Eagleby Community Nursery
  • Munruben Depot

Check the council website for dates and locations of Logan Nurseries.

Remember that planting a native garden is about creatng a legacy for not only your children but also the planet.

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2 responses to “Low Cost and Free Native Plants Brisbane”

  1. Chao-Yin Liu says:


    Do you have any native trees with 200mm pot size for the following plants?

    – Acacia disparrima subsp. disparrima
    – Acacia leiocalyx subsp. leicalyx
    – or any similar subspecies of the same Acacia family you may have

    If not, please advise where I can probably obtain them.


    • Hi Chao-Yin- to find out the answers to your questions, you will just need to get in contact with the native nurseries directly. From my experience, their stock list changes seasonally but also just because of demand. Good luck and best wishes!

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