Queensland’s premier botanic gardens, just a short drive from Brisbane City, is a wonderful place to experience a different type of bushwalk. With loads to discover, come for an hour or pack a picnic and come for the day.

Quick Info

Location: Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong QLD, 4066

Walking Distance: Various, from 1km

Elevation: Gentle hills

Time: 1+ hours

Difficulty: Easy

Costs/Permit: No cost, no permit required

Opening Times: 8am to 6pm

Facilities: Toilets, picnic grounds, planetarium (shows at a cost but free to view informative display), discovery walk, Japanese Gardens, Cafe (Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat-Sun 7am-5pm), Greenhouse

What to take: Water, camera, picnic


With gardens to suit every taste, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens has something for everyone. A brisk walk or a leisurely stroll, everyone is welcome here.

One of the water features in the ornate Japanese Gardens

The Japanese Garden is one of my favourite places within Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. With plenty of seating it is an ideal spot to stop for a picnic. The highly manicured gardens provide an oasis of calm and order – a wonderful contrast to our usually stressful and chaotic lives.

The Japanese Gardens

The rainforest walk is another beautiful area within the botanic gardens. If you have small children with you be sure to pick up a Discovery Trail Map at the entrance and follow the signs to discover all the hidden treasures. Be on the lookout for stingless native bees and violin playing fruit bats!

With kilometers of paths to choose from, you can easily tailor make your own Mt Coot-tha Botanic Garden experience. Enjoy!

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