Four hectare Botanic Gardens expansion opens to public
Monday, 4 May 2015
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today announced that the four hectare expansion to Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens will open to the public on Sunday 17 May, with a free community event to mark the occasion.
The Botanic Gardens, located at Mt Coot-tha, are one of Brisbane’s most popular tourist destinations and have been expanded as part of the Legacy Way project.
Cr Quirk said that a celebration event featuring live music and cooking demonstrations will be on offer while visitors get their first chance to explore the new areas of the Botanic Gardens.
“This is the largest expansion of the Gardens since their opening in 1970 and has involved 31,000 new individual native plants, one of which is a 250 year old Cycad tree.
“These new gardens also feature more than 1,100 different plant varieties, including many established varieties of Queensland native Bottle Trees and Palms up to five metres tall, so this will be a great area to use from day one.”
“People will be able to enjoy cooking demonstrations from Nutrition Australia and Wine & Dine’m, music from local musician Chris Sheehy and Ukulele pop band The Lazy Leis and kids will be kept entertained with an animal farm, dirtgirl! and a jumping castle.”
Cr Quirk said a great deal of work went into the design of the Gardens expansion to provide areas that would be popular with families and tourists alike.
“We’ve consulted extensively with the Botanic Gardens curating team to develop new gardens areas that reproduce different Queensland habitats including Bush Foods, Costal plants, a Cycad grove and the Queensland Conservation Walk that features more than 200 rare and endangered plant species.
“In addition to the plantings, new features, including an 18 megalitre lagoon, forest and lagoon walks, picnic facilities, nature-themed playground and an interactive kitchen garden have been built.
“More than 500,000 people visit the Botanic Gardens each year, and this new area will provide even more activities and space for visitors to enjoy.
Free buses will run between the Botanic Gardens and Roma Street, King George Square, High Street Toowong, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre and Monier Road, Darra to transport people to and from the event, starting at 8.30am time.
For more information about the free community event to celebrate the expanded Botanic Gardens, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/legacyway.
The award winning Legacy Way tunnel will be open to traffic mid-2015.