For the first time since they were opened in 1970, our popular Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha are expanding!

A new four hectare area is set to open to the community this month with new gardens, parks and a playground.

To celebrate the gardens expansion, Council is hosting a free community fun day on Sunday 17 May from 9am to 2pm, featuring market stalls, live music, cooking demonstrations and a range of activities for kids.

The Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha are one of Brisbane’s most popular tourist destinations have more than 500,000 visitors every year and have been expanded as part of the Legacy Way project.

Visitors to the new gardens will be able to see the 31,000 new individual native plants that cover more than 1,100 different varieties. Some of the feature plants include a 250 year old Cycad tree, Bottle Trees and Palms that are up to five metres tall.

Together with the Gardens’ curator, we’ve developed new gardens areas that reflect different Queensland habitats including Bush Foods, Costal plants, a Cycad grove and the Queensland Conservation Walk that features more than 200 rare and endangered plant species.

The new area of the Botanic Gardens has picnic facilities, an amphitheatre, an interactive kitchen garden, a nature themed playground and dedicated walking trails. Visitors won’t be able to miss the impressive new 18 megalitre lagoon that will be used to water and drought-proof the new gardens. This will also save ratepayers around $850,000 a year.

I encourage everyone to come along to the free community event and explore the new gardens.

The community event will feature cooking demonstrations from Nutrition Australia and Wine & Dine’m, music from local musician Chris Sheehy and Ukulele pop band The Lazy Leis and kids will be kept entertained with an animal farm and a jumping castle.

Free buses will be available to and from the event throughout the day from Roma Street, King George Square, Toowong, Indooroopilly and Darra.

For more information about new gardens and the community day, visit