Splendour of Botanical Gardens
|THE wonderful thing about Brisbane's Botanical Gardens is that they are in the very heart of the city, adjoining the CBD and along the banks of the Brisbane River, and that makes them hugely accessible to anyone visting the city.
The area within the gardens ranges from scenic ponds to small spaces and large grassed areas.
A focal point the Weeping Fig Avenue, which was planted in the 1870s as a barrier between the northern boundary of the gardens and Queen's Park.
There are two ornamental ponds in the gardens.
The top one was created between 1958 and 1960, while the lower one was part of the gardens' original natural creek system.
The Bamboo Grove, which was planted in 1937, comprises 23 bamboo species.
Paths that skirt the gardens and run alongside the river are hugely popular with walkers and cyclists.
The paths allow for a commanding view of the Brisbane CBD's tall buildings.
Contained within the gardens is Riverstage, an outdoor entertainment venue established by the Brisbane City Council for community entertainment purposes.
Riverstage hosts local, national and international concerts and events each year, including the annual Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols.