Brisbane's Gardens

On behalf of the AAFBG, FBBGSA we look forward to welcoming all to Queensland

Remember our motto…“Beautiful one day … Perfect the next”

All about the three sites of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum

Curator – Dale Arvidsson

Brisbane Botanic Gardens – City

 -in the heart of the city on the banks of the Brisbane River.

In 1853 Moreton Bay Hort Society lobbied 
for a Botanic gardens and were established in 1855.  

The gardens boast approximately 2500 trees primarily from tropical and 
subtropical climes from around the world. 
You can visit the oldest planted Macadamia, 
 the oldest Tamarind ant the oldest Bamboo in Qld .

There are Key collections & Historic and significant trees of the Moraceae (primarily Fig trees), Arecaceae (Palms – one of the 3 most 
diverse public collections in Australia), 
 Gymnosperms (primarily Conifers) 
and a large collection of Araceae 

Bunya Walk 1898 Photograph copyright BCC

Bunya Walk 1898 Photograph copyright BCC

Brisbane Botanic Gardens – Mt Coot tha

Brisbane Botanic Gardens – MT COOT-THA – 54 HA 

Founded in 1970 and officially opened 1976 
 it is 54 hectares sitting at the foot of Mt Coot-Tha

The gardens contain the Planetarium, Queensland Herbarium, Library, Visitor Centre, Botanical Café.

Two thirds of the site is devoted to Australian native species plus a American and African Regions and includes over 200,000+ plants, 5000+ species 


    • Thematic, Geographic, Climatic, Ethnobotanic, 

    • Largest Australian native rainforest species in 
any botanic garden in the world 

    • One of the largest collections of Diospyros sp. 

    • New Queensland Conservation Collection – 
plan to house as many Qld threatened species as climatically possible, working with regional botanic gardens to house the remainder. 

Sherwood Arboretum

OFFICIALLY OPENED 1925, the 15 ha contains 1,200 specimen trees, 350+ species. 
Just 27 exotic species (3 within the collection, the rest planted by ‘past residents’ around the perimeter). The remaining species are eastern Australian natives. Most significant Kauri, Agathis robusta Avenue in Australia. 

For more information regarding the gardens
Visit The Friends’ gardens history site (authored by Dr Jean Sim)

Nearby Gardens

Sunshine Coast Tour

Gold Coast Tour

Supported by...

Sir Joseph Banks Society