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Lagoon at Roma Street Parkland
Roma Street Parkland, a great place to catch your breath and enjoy a quiet moment in the heart of Brisbane. Photos above and below: Andy Mitchell, Glasgow, UK - Wikimedia Commons

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

Roma Street Parkland gardens
Rainforest at Roma Street Parkland

The rainforest in Roma Street Parkland. Photo: Kgbo - Wikimedia Commons
Roma Street Parkland and bridge
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Amphitheatre at Roma Street Parkland
Above: The amphitheatre in the Roma Street Parkland. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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.
   The Roma Street Parkland is easy to find, being adjacent to the Roma Street railway station and the Brisbane Transit Centre. You can walk to the parkland from the railway station and also from Albert Street.
   A car park is accessed from the from College Road, Gregory Terrac and Wickham Terrace intersection.
   The parklands are open all day, every day.