Brisbane's Best Parks and Gardens

Jacarandas in New Farm Park
Jacarandas in New Farm Park | © Tatters /Flickr
Kelly Hawke

Thanks to the year-round warm weather, Brisbane is ideal for outdoor activities. Whether you’re in the mood for a run, a picnic in the park, to stroll with friends or to literally smell the roses, here are some of the best parks and gardens to visit for fresh air and exploration.

1. South Bank Parklands

Natural Feature, Architectural Landmark

South Bank, located on the edge of the Brisbane River, is a popular spot for anyone looking to relax and get some vitamin D. Visitors can walk through the lush gardens, have a picnic overlooking Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD), or have a dip at Streets Beach. There’s also a selection of restaurants and cafes, in case you forgot to pack lunch, or you can treat yourself to a view of the river and a cocktail at Stokehouse Q or The Jetty South Bank.

2. New Farm Park

Market, Market, Park

2. New Farm Park
© Tatters /Flickr

Located along the banks of the Brisbane River, New Farm is arguably the city’s most popular park. Most days you’ll find it filled with locals exercising, children running around the playgrounds and friends enjoying picnics or strolling through the beautiful rose garden. On Saturdays, visitors can peruse the plentiful food stalls in Brisbane Powerhouse Farmers Market, which opens just outside of the park. While there, look for the iconic jacaranda trees scattered throughout, which turn the park a vibrant violet in spring.

New Farm Park, Brunswick St., New Farm 4005, Queensland

Jacarandas in New Farm Park | © Tatters /Flickr

3. Newstead Park


3. Newstead Park
You’ll find Newstead Park perched on a hill with sweeping views of the Brisbane River and the city skyline. This leafy park links up with the Newstead Riverwalk. Visitors are also welcome to explore Newstead House, Brisbane’s oldest surviving residence dating back to 1846. The house is a popular spot for couples to tie the knot, so look out for the bride and groom saying, “I do!”

5. Brisbane City Botanic Gardens


Located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, the City Botanic Gardens are an oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of Queensland’s capital city. The park is on the Queensland Heritage Register and is filled with ancient trees and exotic species. Visitors can enjoy free guided tours to learn about the history while they walk along the banks of the Brisbane River.
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