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Round and round the Gardens


One of Brisbane city’s most charming quarters is the lower George – Alice Street precinct…. Parliament House, the Queensland Club, QUT with old Government House in the grounds, the cooling, lush expanse of the Botanic Gardens a welcome backdrop.  The Gardens offer visitors pleasures apart from rare and native botanical specimens including riverside walks, cycle paths, coffee venues, fountains, playgrounds, outdoor event venues, open-air art works, precious shade in summer.

IMG_4452-edRiparian pleasures. 

The Gardens played a pivotal role in the early days of Brisbane and Queensland’s settlement, as a source of fresh vegetables for the convicts and as a laboratory for identifying plants that would be suitable for the new colony. The first jacarandas were grown there.

My earliest memory of the Gardens is of its zoo, the giant monkey and bird cages, long since gone, a vague shadow in my consciousness. In more recent times I worked at QUT and became a regular lunchtime visitor, either to enjoy a meal with friends at the charming City Gardens Café, or to stroll through the mangroves on the riverside boardwalk.

IMG_4468-edMangrove mud has its own charm.


A great place to sit and relax.

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Spotted gum. 


Happy birthday in the Gardens. 

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Art imitating botanical life.  

The heritage- listed café, originally the curator’s residence, has been taken over by the charitable Wise Foundation and is being refurbished as a function centre and café with 100 percent of profits going to charity.  Sadly, last year the riverside boardwalk went the way of the zoo, quietly demolished by the Brisbane City Council which claimed the $1.8 million price tag for repairs to flood and storm damage was too great. Such a pity from educational, environmental and recreational points of view.


Author: technanna

I grew up in western Queensland, worked as a newspaper and television journalist, public relations and public affairs officer and freelance correspondent in Australia, the UK, Japan and Saudi Arabia. I have three grown children and two grandchildren. I am retired, but work to keep the brain and body fit, and to stay marginally in touch in our ever-changing technological environment.

4 thoughts on “Round and round the Gardens

  1. Nice pics. I can’t believe that brilliant boardwalk has gone.

  2. Yes, unbelievable. When you think of the billions being spent on tunnels $1.8 million to fix the boardwalk doesn’t seem a big ask, especially when it was such an interesting and secluded walk in the middle of the city.

  3. It is a nice part of the Brisbane CBD. Me too can’t believe the board walk isn’t there anymore.

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