MAGICIAL: Roma Street Parkland is the largest sub-tropical garden in the Southern Hemisphere.
MAGICIAL: Roma Street Parkland is the largest sub-tropical garden in the Southern Hemisphere. Ashley Roach

Bathe in the beauty at Roma Street Parkland

IT'S the big Brisbane CBD park that people often overlook, but with 16 hectares bursting with seasonal colour, Roma Street Parkland is well worth exploring.

The gardens are next to the Brisbane Transit Centre and with large stretches of grass lawns are very family friendly.

Here are 10 things to discover in Roma Street Parkland

1. Roma Street Parkland is the most extensive urban subtropical garden in the world.

2. More than 3000 annuals are planted every year for a mass blooming of curated colour within the Spectacle Garden in Colin Campbell Place. This year the colourful display is made of mass plantings of old-fashioned favourites like petunias, snapdragons and pansies, as well as on-trend additions such as ornamental kale.

3. Hidden gems can also be found while meandering the gardens' paths. Sandstone artworks have been dotted throughout the gardens, while the city side of the Spectacle Garden sees the pathway mimic the flow of the Brisbane River.

4. Free guided tours are run twice daily at 11am and 1pm; or simply pack a picnic, perch on a patch of grass and soak up the leafy green surroundings.

5. The Sound Society, a free live music event, is held one weekend of every month within the parkland and is designed for young and old alike to enjoy.

6. If you want to bring the grandkids, free activities are held throughout school holidays at Kids Collective. As well, for a gold coin donation, children can ride through the parkland with an interpretative commentary on the Parkland Explorer Trackless Train.

7. Roma Street Parkland is conveniently placed beside the Roma Street train and bus stations, is less than 10 minutes' walk from the city and contains parking facilities.

8. The newly opened Garden Room, Brisbane's latest restaurant and dining experience, offers a coffee stop or a long lunch stop. Even linger over tea and scones.

9. Roma Street Parkland has a long-standing volunteer program which began in 2001. There are more than 95 volunteers working in the parkland, in three volunteer groups; Gardening, Guides, the Parkland Explorer train team that consists of drivers, conductors and ambassadors.

10. The gardens offer more than 16 hectares of parkland to explore, including a Queensland rainforest bordering the main lake - the heart of the parkland.


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