Brisbane Botanic Gardens
This huge garden covers 52 hectares and is home to many interesting features, including a Japanese garden, Fern House, National Freedom Wall, Exotic Rainforest, the Tropical Display Dome, and the Arid Zone and Cactus House. The original name for these gardens was the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and was opened in 1976, and sits at the base of Brisbane's tallest mountain, Mouth Coot-tha. Next to the entrance is where the Sir Thoman Brisbane Planetarium is located, named after the Governor of New South Wales who the city was named after and who also catalogued the skies and was a renowned astronomer.
The Japanese Garden is another feature top note, as it was created by the late Kenzo Ogata, and uses Australian indigenous plants to complete traditional Japanese Garden designs. In September, the Japanese Garden is home to the annual Japan Cultural Festival.
Visit the Herbarium to see over 775,000 types of preserved plant specimens that showcase over 230 years of Queensland history. Learn more about the plants and animals that call this garden home at the Mt Coot-tha Library or just rest and relax at the Botanical Cafe, which offers a beautiful and serene enormous open-air deck that has views of the Temperate Garden lagoons and the Bamboo Grove. There are so many things to see at the Botanic Gardens, so take advantage of the free volunteer guided walks to learn about the features and plants that make this garden so enjoyable and unique.