Not far from the buzz of Brisbane city centre is a place where you will find rainforests, gardens, and Queensland's only planetarium.
It's a place where you will discover a fragrant plant and herb garden containing plants from around the world, a Japanese garden featuring elements of stone, water, paths and vegetation and an Australian Plant Communities collection.
The place is the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha and it is spread across 52 hectares of land, just 7km from the city of Brisbane Australia.
The Brisbane Botanical Gardens offers quiet places for reflection or perhaps a picnic, guided and self-guided walks and species of plants from Australia and around the world, for you to enjoy and learn about.
Amongst the attractions is the Tropical Display Dome which features a unique design made to house plants that would not normally grow in Brisbane's climate.
If you want to take in the gardens at your own pace but are keen to learn more, take one of the self-guided walks, using the maps and brochures available at the gardens.
Alternatively, if you would like the company of someone with some knowledge about the gardens, join one of the guided walks. These take about an hour and are an easy, relaxed walk designed to give visitors some more detailed information about the plants growing in the gardens.
The Gardens also features a library and an art gallery for you to enjoy and when it's time for a break head to the Lakeside Gardens Café which caters for visitors and functions.