Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
An oasis for wildlife, the Gardens feature 52 hectares of plants from Australia and all around the world. Horticultural and art and craft shows are displayed in the Auditorium most weekends and free volunteer guided walks leave the Information Centre, Monday to Saturday (except public holidays) at 11 am and 1 pm. Alternatively you may like to explore the Gardens via one, or all, of the three self-guided trails available.
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  • Michael
    Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
    Gardens guided tour
    Took the free volunteer led morning guided tour. Was a pleasant stroll with the group through the grounds and learned a few botanical trivia. Guide graciously went over time. Glad we went in the morning as the heat rapidly made it less walkable.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 January 2023
  • Julia2307
    Perth, Australia111 contributions
    Wonderful parkland
    A great day out. We went on New Years Day 2023.. not a good idea to eat/drink at cafe at the top when busy - neither did it look very clean and we gave up. But the bottom parkland, ponds and walks are all wonderful and we had a picnic ready.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 5 February 2023
  • Anne S
    London, United Kingdom35 contributions
    Amazing place
    Such a lovely place to visit. Spent about 3-4 hours exploring the lovely gardens and enjoying the restaurant food/drinks venue. The 2 ladies in the information centre were welcoming and gave us great advice on the different routes. Definitely worth a visit to this lovely place.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 February 2023
  • Brian C
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom157 contributions
    A beautiful, calm and peaceful oasis.
    My wife and I visited the Botanic Gardens on a hot, humid and sunny day toward the end of January. We so enjoyed our visit. We received a lovely, helpful welcome from the information centre on arrival, and enjoyed the offerings at the cafe before exploring the gardens. We simply wandered around the inspiring different areas and environments, viewed wildlife (especially a spoonbill and colourful dragonflies), exotic plants and flowers, quiet areas where families were enjoying picnics. It was just a lovely place to be with something for everyone.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Colleen H
    Brisbane, Australia26 contributions
    Beautiful gardens
    I went to the Gardens after an absence of several years and wondered why it had taken me so long to go back. It is a wonderful experience. There were a lot of people there but it didn't seem crowded because there is so much space. It was a beautiful day and all the plants looked great. We had lunch in the cafe which, although it was very busy, managed the crowds well. All in all a great time and I will be going back again soon.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Bozeman-Dublin
    Trim, Ireland8,860 contributions
    Beautiful Gardens
    We had a lovely few hours on a sunny Sunday in the Botanic Gardens on Mount Cootha. They are quite extensive and there is a lot to see, so bring your walking shoes, water and a hat! I don't know much about plants and gardens but I find the whole environment really relaxing and soothing. We loved the Japanese Garden, in particular the amazing Bonsai trees. There is a lovely pond too with plenty of birdlife, turtles and flowers as well as a moving war memorial to those lost in combat. We spent hours here, really enjoyed it and it is totally free to enter. We made one error though, we thought the gardens and the Mount Cootha Lookout would be close to each other given they are on the same hill.! They're not! It is way to far to walk from one to the other. You'll need an uber like we took.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 September 2023
  • andream0402
    Melbourne, Australia2,924 contributions
    Pick up a map
    A beautiful garden. It’s accessible to all with a road going through it so you’d be able to drive in closer to the gardens. Free to enter. Pick up a map or you’ll have no idea where to go especially if you go all the way to the top. There are only numbers to guide you. There is a cafe next door but the kitchen closes at 2.30. You can get the bus there from Brisbane CDB. A nice walk .
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • ItchyFeet
    Camarillo, California7,742 contributions
    Good for bird watching
    We stopped at the botanical garden on the way up to the Lookout, and the botanical garden has a lot to see. You could easily spend several hours here depending on your interest level. There’s a back area that has the Australian plant area but the lake is quite low right now because of the drought. I did walk back to section 3 where I saw laughing kookaburra birds and sulfur crested cockatoos. Enjoyed the different gardens but especially the bird life!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Wa S
    Adelaide, Australia14 contributions
    An outstanding botanic garden
    Beautiful botanic gardens. The Japanese garden is especially exquisite, and there is a diverse range of plants and environments across the 56 hectares, including the arid plants, fern house, rainforests, and the tropical dome. The restaurant is mediocre, but otherwise this garden is excellent.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • JElliot32
    New South Wales, Australia3,800 contributions
    Wonderful spot to slow down and (re-)acquaint with nature
    We only had an hour to visit the gardens and wish it had been twice or three times as long. It is a delightful place, with a well marked and usually shady central path wending its way through a series of attractive and tranquil themed gardens. Our favourites were probably the Japanese garden and the bonsai house, though we didn't get as far as the Australian plants trail, which I'm sure would have been another highlight for us. Next time! The map provided by the Gardens was an excellent resource and I loved the way everything was well sign-posted. Fair bit of wildlife around, too, especially Eastern Water Dragons. I think they think they own the place.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
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jonathan m
Bury St. Edmunds, UK260 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
We had 1 1/2 hours and only managed about 1/3 of the gardens. Probably needs 2 visits. It is free.
Japanese gardens, bonsai specimens, cacti, temperate gardens , lagoons, rainforest , giant bamboos and more…
Excellent.
Written 13 November 2023
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,800 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
We only had an hour to visit the gardens and wish it had been twice or three times as long. It is a delightful place, with a well marked and usually shady central path wending its way through a series of attractive and tranquil themed gardens. Our favourites were probably the Japanese garden and the bonsai house, though we didn't get as far as the Australian plants trail, which I'm sure would have been another highlight for us. Next time! The map provided by the Gardens was an excellent resource and I loved the way everything was well sign-posted. Fair bit of wildlife around, too, especially Eastern Water Dragons. I think they think they own the place.
Written 12 November 2023
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Wa S
Adelaide, Australia14 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Family
Beautiful botanic gardens. The Japanese garden is especially exquisite, and there is a diverse range of plants and environments across the 56 hectares, including the arid plants, fern house, rainforests, and the tropical dome. The restaurant is mediocre, but otherwise this garden is excellent.
Written 31 October 2023
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ItchyFeet
Camarillo, CA7,742 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
We stopped at the botanical garden on the way up to the Lookout, and the botanical garden has a lot to see. You could easily spend several hours here depending on your interest level. There’s a back area that has the Australian plant area but the lake is quite low right now because of the drought. I did walk back to section 3 where I saw laughing kookaburra birds and sulfur crested cockatoos. Enjoyed the different gardens but especially the bird life!
Written 29 October 2023
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,059 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
We spent 2 hours strolling ~3 miles of garden pathways using the provided Visitor Center map and following the path numbers; Tropical Dome> Fern House> Japanese Garden> Bonsai House> Lookout to Brisbane> Waterlily lakes, then recovered with an excellent lunch at their large efficient cafe.
The adjoining Planetarium had a circular tour of colorful exhibits detailing the universe, our solar system and how the aborigines interpreted the stars.
Wonderful morning spent in this world class educational environment where we would be members if living nearby.
Written 18 October 2023
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reeceyb
Chichester, UK1,584 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Really nice botanical gardens with lots of different sections and species it’s big though so plan it well and take water
Written 14 October 2023
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andream0402
Melbourne, Australia2,924 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
A beautiful garden.
It’s accessible to all with a road going through it so you’d be able to drive in closer to the gardens.
Free to enter.
Pick up a map or you’ll have no idea where to go especially if you go all the way to the top. There are only numbers to guide you.
There is a cafe next door but the kitchen closes at 2.30. You can get the bus there from Brisbane CDB. A nice walk .
Written 14 October 2023
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,860 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Friends
We had a lovely few hours on a sunny Sunday in the Botanic Gardens on Mount Cootha. They are quite extensive and there is a lot to see, so bring your walking shoes, water and a hat!
I don't know much about plants and gardens but I find the whole environment really relaxing and soothing. We loved the Japanese Garden, in particular the amazing Bonsai trees. There is a lovely pond too with plenty of birdlife, turtles and flowers as well as a moving war memorial to those lost in combat.
We spent hours here, really enjoyed it and it is totally free to enter.
We made one error though, we thought the gardens and the Mount Cootha Lookout would be close to each other given they are on the same hill.! They're not! It is way to far to walk from one to the other. You'll need an uber like we took.
Written 27 September 2023
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Eastbourne, UK271 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Just been to visit the Botanical gardens, if you’ve never been here then it’s a must , so well kept , beautiful and peaceful place full of wildlife and free to explore
Written 4 September 2023
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Colleen H
Brisbane, Australia26 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
I went to the Gardens after an absence of several years and wondered why it had taken me so long to go back. It is a wonderful experience. There were a lot of people there but it didn't seem crowded because there is so much space. It was a beautiful day and all the plants looked great. We had lunch in the cafe which, although it was very busy, managed the crowds well. All in all a great time and I will be going back again soon.
Written 8 August 2023
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