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Roma Street Parkland occupies a 40-acre (16-hectare) site in Brisbane’s city center. This public park was once the city’s principal train yard. It’s now an oasis-like area with five distinct precincts, an amphitheater, wonderful artworks, lakes and playgrounds. It’s a great place to spot small wildlife. Let the kids go on an artwork hunt, or take them for a ride on the Parkland Explorer “train.”
Explore the lush Forest and Fern Gully to walk amid the colorful plants of the subtropical rainforest. The creek is home to the native eastern water dragons and skinks. When reaching the elevated walkways, see if you can spot pink galahs, rainbow-colored lorikeets or bright-blue superb fairy wrens in the canopy. At least 35 bird species frequent the park.
Move on to the Spectacle Garden with seasonal plants and flowers, such as kangaroo paws and poinsettia. The nearby Sound Garden has a remarkable Japanese water harp. Be still and hear water drops create relaxing, almost musical sounds within the earthenware pot. The path leading up to it represents the Rainbow Serpent from local Aboriginal dreaming stories.
For a picnic, head over to the lake or Celebration Lawn with barbecues, public artworks and Frangipani Court. Visit the Upper Parkland and enjoy views of central Brisbane while the kids try out the playground.
Download one of the self-guided walks from the website, or book ahead for one of the free guided tours. Some walks are even designed for parents with infants and the website offers downloadable kids’ activities, such as an artwork hunt and “I Spy” game. On Fridays and during the weekend you can also jump aboard the Parkland Explorer. This small trackless locomotive has three hop-on, hop-off locations and a narrated audio tour.
Roma Street Parkland is located just behind the well-connected Roma Street Station. You can easily walk or cycle there from the heart of the city and there are various access points. Parking is limited and expensive, but restrooms and all other facilities are free. The park doesn’t close at night.
This luxury apartment building is located in the heart of Brisbane, walking distance from St. Stephens Cathedral, MacArthur Museum Brisbane, and Queen Street Mall. Also nearby are Brisbane Riverside Markets and Eagle Street Pier.
Located in the heart of Brisbane, this luxury apartment building is near the beach and within walking distance of Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Eagle Street Pier, and Queen Street Mall. Also nearby are South Bank Parklands and Treasury Casino.
Situated in the entertainment district, this luxury hotel is steps from Griffith University South Bank and South Bank Parklands. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Mater Private Hospital Brisbane are also within 10 minutes. South Bank Station is only a 4-minute walk and South Brisbane Station is 14 minutes.
This luxury apartment building is located in the heart of Brisbane, walking distance from Queen Street Mall, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, and MacArthur Museum Brisbane. Also nearby are Treasury Casino and St. Stephens Cathedral.
Located in the heart of Spring Hill, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Roma Street Parkland and Queen Street Mall. Chinatown Mall and Suncorp Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Brisbane Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Brisbane Roma Street Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is steps from North Quay and Treasury Casino.
Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane City Hall and King George Square. Treasury Casino and Queen Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. Brisbane Roma Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Brisbane Central Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane City Hall and Treasury Casino. King George Square and Museum of Brisbane are also within 10 minutes. Brisbane Roma Street Station is 8 minutes by foot and Brisbane Central Station is 9 minutes.