Roma Street's best kept secret
|The Roma Street Parkland is set on 16 hectares in the heart of Brisbane, bording the central business district.
It is a must-see for anyone visiting the city area with time on their hands and offers a setting to walk, sit and chill out in what is considered to be the world's largest subtropical garden in a city centre.
The parkland's many attractions include a network of pathways meandering through themed gardens with waterways. The Spectacle Garden features beds of brightly coloured flowers, planted to flower all year round.
There is a rainforest and fern gully and a boardwalk takes you up above the tree tops, allowing you to glimpse plants and flowers below through the forest canopy.
Artworks by local artists are scattered throughout the gardens and recreational areas.
A board walk also skirts alongside a lake with views of city buildings as a backdrop.
There are also community spaces in place for events and activities, including an open air amphitheatre where plays are performed and concerts featuring orchestras are held.
Guided walks are provided by volunteers at 11am and 1pm daily (excepting Christmas Day and Good Friday).
For those with limited mobility, or
who don't feel like walking, you can board the Parkland Explorer, a small train-like vehicle that snakes its way around the parklands. It runs from 10am to 12.30pm Wednesday to Friday and from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.