The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha (Day Trip)

Can we guess. The weather has turned on some magnificent Queensland Winter days, you’re wondering how do we get a day trip organised.

Well I’ll let you in on a little day trip secret, ROAD TRIP’N has been Bus Trip’n and checked out one of Queensland’s premier subtropical botanic gardens, all within 7 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD in Toowong, Queensland in the shadow of Brisbane’s tallest mountain, Mt Coot-tha.

Brisbane City Council Bus

You can drive and park but on this day trip I was adventurous, and the bus was our mode of transport. Catching the bus from Adelaide Street, Brisbane CBD it was all stops with an excellent tour of the back streets and road ways through the leafy suburbs of Toowong with our destination Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha (click here for some extra tips).

Hot Tip: This bus departs from Adelaide Street, Brisbane CBD, does a loop run to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Lookout and returns to Adelaide Street. From Adelaide Street, you have access to train stations and major bus terminals which travel North, South, East and West to the outer suburbs of Brisbane and beyond.

Translink (ph 131230) – Buses, Ferries, Trains (click here for all your times and destinations) to help plan your trip.

Your first stop has to be the Visitors Information Centre which is situated next to the car park and bus stop. Here you can get all your information and “mud maps” so you can fully explore this wonderous place of Australian native rainforests and natural wildlife. Your journey will inspire you to want to see and do more and more than just wander through these breath-taking gardens.

The 56-hectare Botanic Gardens (click here for opening and closing times & other hot tips) are open every day and offer free mini bus tours, guided tours and the best part most of it is all free.

  1. Attractions
  2. Free guided walks which leave the Information kiosk
  3. The Cosmic Skydome – The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
  4. Botanic Gardens Auditorium
  5. The Botanic Gardens Library
  6. Richard Randall Art Studio
  7. Picnics: There is a multitude of picturesque and shaded areas which are a great place for picnics. Shelters, seating, drinking fountains and toilets are all found scattered through the botanic gardens.

Cactus garden

The Botanic Gardens feature a Japanese Garden, a place of beauty and tranquillity. Walking trails that will lead you to Bonsai House, through exotic rainforests past plants thriving in the Arid Zone and Cactus House. Take a rest as there are plenty of seats scattered around the gardens so there will be no need to rush and you can immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the Botanical gardens.

Check out the delicate ferns in Fern House and stand and admire the plants in the Tropical Dome. Even on a coolish day you can feel the humidity. It will give you goose bumps and transport your senses to another place as you breathe the perfumes and aromas of this tropical paradise.

Follow the trails, there are so many more highlights to see:

  • Fern House
  • Conservation Trail
  • Japanese Garden
  • Bonsai House
  • Fragrant Plant & Herb Garden
  • Temperate Garden
  • Lagoon & Bamboo Grove
  • National Freedom Wall


The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Discover the secrets of the Universe at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.Take a tour through the Galaxy with a range of shows that are available and get up close to incredible artefacts and spacecraft models.

Richard Randall Art Studio

Richard Randall Art Studio

This beautifully restored, heritage listed building is in the bamboo grove next to the car park. This studio is available for art exhibitions and workshops. Time your visit and you will be able to admire some excellent art from some of Brisbane’s established and budding artists.

Botanic Gardens Auditorium

Botanic Gardens Auditorium

Situated next to the library and the home of many art shows the majority of which have Free entry.

Bus, car, cycle or walk there is so much to see and do. Leave plenty of time so you can do it all.