Overview of the Conference:

Celebrating the botanical wonders of 1770s exploration and the influence on the botanical knowledge and the use of Australian and South Pacific tropical and sub- tropical flora.  Bank’s and Solander’s legacy of botanical research and what we could claim as the first ‘Botanic Gardens Friend’ 

Logo represents Livistona australis– the first plant identified offshore at Batemans Bay by Banks that grows from northern Victoria to FNQ.


Friday 22nd – 

  • Registration 

  • Early afternoon tour City Botanic Gardens 

  • Garden party sunset in ‘The Dome’ – Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha 

Saturday 23rd

Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha

Keynote Speakers – TBA

  • Planned ‘Banks & Solander’ guided walks through gardens 
  • Speakers – Aspects of Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Is sub-tropical and tropical species in botanic gardens of the regions
  • Banks, Solander, Parkinson and the team of botanists and artists and more 

Saturday evening:

Conference Dinner Mt Coot-tha

Sunday 24th –

  • Early morning breakfast Tour of Sherwood Arboretum
  • Return to Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha

Speakers Topics to include:

  • Developing collaborative ‘Friends’ networks in AustralAsiaPacific regions
  • AGM & ‘Friends’ groups TED program


Thursday 21 May 2020

  • Leave from Brisbane CBD by bus at 8:30 am
  • Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
    Morning Tea
    Guided walk through Reserve
  • Montville
  • Maroochydore Bushland Botanic Gardens
    Welcome and lunch
    Botanical art exhibition
    Sculpture Garden Walk
    Guided walks
  • Noosa Heads via coast road
  • Noosa Heads Peppers Resort
    Dinner at Peppers or Hastings Street (not included).

Friday 22 May 2020

  • Breakfast at Peppers (included)
  • Walk to Noosa National Park (bus leaves Peppers at 8.30 for non-walkers)
  • Noosa Botanic Garden Morning tea and guided walks
  • Redcliffe for lunch (not included)
  • Banks and Solander 2020 Bot Art exhibition
  • Return to Brisbane in time for Garden Party at Mt Coot-tha


To be finalised: May 25th and 26th Gold Coast Region
• Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
• Currumbin Bird Sanctuary
Tamborine Mt Botanic Gardens
• Possibilities Currumbin Valley bushwalks

All Expressions of interest to events@fbbgsa.org.au

Further details of the conference will be uploaded in late July 2019