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    Posted by Jennifer Anderson April 8, 2014 - 1,286 views - 1 comment - 1 like - #queensland  #brisbane  #cbd  #photography  #familyfriendly  #BotanicGardens  #picnicking  #walkingtours 

    Brisbane’s original botanic gardens remain a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. The gardens provide a beautiful juxtaposition to the city’s towering buildings and crowds. The gardens host many grassy areas, perfect for picnicking, and benches sheltered by a veil of foliage. The gardens also provide unique vantage for enjoying the Brisbane River. Featuring its own piece of river frontage, enjoy river views by walking and cycling tracks.

     

     

     

     

    Get to the City Botanic Gardens from Queen Street Mall by walking along Albert Street, toward the river. At the end of Albert Street you’ll see the oldest formal gates to the gardens, erected in 1865. You’ll also see gates that line the Alice Street border, built from convict-cut stone from the former Brisbane Jail. You can also get to the gardens via the free city LOOP bus, departing frequently, travelling Edward, Eagle, Adelaide, George and Alice Streets.

     

     

     

    Exploring the gardens will reveal many sculptures, and ornamental ponds (favourite subjects among photographers). Admire the range of native and foreign trees, from the Jacaranda to the Tamarind trees; many of which clock in at around 150 years old.

     

     

    Enjoying Brisbane’s outdoor spaces wouldn’t be complete without a visit the Riverstage. Located within the City Botanic Gardens’ grounds, the Riverstage was built in 1989, and sees diverse acts on its stage. Warm and breezy Brisbane nights at their best, enjoy anything from free Australian and Queensland Ballet showcases to music festivals and international rock bands.

     

     

    The gardens’ playground has been recently renovated for all abilities and wheelchair access. Free guided tours are offered twice daily by volunteers; departing from the Rotunda at 11am and 1pm.

     

     

     

    Words and images by Jennifer Anderson

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