Roma Street Parkland is home to landscaped gardens and water features like ponds and woodlands, making it a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Known to be one of the most beautiful contemporary display gardens in the country, the Roma Street Parkland is home to a variety of flora and fauna such as fern gullies, eastern water dragons, rainbow lorikeets, possums and black flying foxes. Other features of the parkland include pathways for walking and cycling, themed gardens for display, rocky outcrops, and even an amphitheater that plays host to concerts, plays and other theatrical productions. Artworks and train rides in the park are some of the other attractions here. Whether to escape the city for a few hours, attend live music events, check biodiversity on display or to simply mingle with the locals, the Roma Street Parkland has got it all.
Overlooking the steel-grey waters of the Brisbane harbor, The State Library of Queensland is a treasure trove of knowledge and information. The library provides general information and research services on history, maps, rare books and the visual arts. Moreover, the establishment also offers free Internet (bookings required) and screens free films every Sunday. The library also provides a wide range of services that includes audio/visual stations, photocopying books and manuscripts and helping the local populace trace down their ancestry thanks to their extensive genealogy records.
Since the Gardens' opening in 1976, more than 52 hectares (130 acres) has been developed to represent plant varieties from around the world. Attractions include the Fragrant Plant and Herb Garden; the Exotic Rainforest; Japanese Garden; Tropical Dome Display; Arid Region Plants & Cactus House and the Lagoon & Bamboo Grove. A 30-minute self-guided tour of the Aboriginal Plant Display shows plants used by Aborigines for medicine, shelter and food.
The City Botanic Gardens or Brisbane Botanic Gardens as it was once referred to as is one of Brisbane's heritage-listed sites. Within these gardens are a colorful collection of exotic and native plants to delight the eye and beautiful lily ponds and lush green lawns to calm the soul. The site was chosen for a public garden in 1828, with fertile soil producing healthy crops for the prison settlement nearby. In 1855, botanist Walter Hill declared that the botanical gardens would occupy the area. Some of Hill's plants from the 1850s remain on Residence Hill and the weeping figs on Walter Hill Walk were planted by the botanist in the 1870s.
Located in the South Bank Parklands, the Queensland Art Gallery is recognized as one of the most innovative and exciting visual arts centers in Australia. The gallery's diverse series of exhibitions have extensively covered all areas of the visual arts including photography, fine art, modern art, indigenous art and sculpture. Guest speakers, lectures, festivals and lively educational programs have further enhanced the gallery's reputation.
The Commissariat Store is one of the two oldest buildings in Brisbane, the other one being the Old Windmill. Steeped in history, the building was built by convicts in the 1820s. As new facets of the building come to light (like the recently excavated brick-made drains in the basement), the building becomes more and more intriguing for the common man. Used as an immigrant house in the past, the Store now functions as the headquarters of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland. A museum and the well-stocked library are also located in the building. The Commissariat Store is being used to host cultural events like book launches and music concerts too.
The MacArthur Museum Brisbane can be found at the MacArthur Chambers, a heritage building, on Edward Street, in Queensland, Australia. It was founded in 2004, by a Memorial Trust in commemoration of General Douglas MacArthur who is the persisting theme on the block. The museum preserves his offices and displays footage and news clippings from the World War II. The museum is open three days a week, as indicated by a notice outside, from 10a to 3p.
Designed in an early English Gothic style, construction began in 1863, but due to lack of funds this Cathedral was not ready for use until 1874, twenty-four years after the small St. Stephen's Church (chapel) was built. The larger cathedral was needed to cater to the growth in Brisbane's population. The main facade of porphyry stone features twin spires and very elaborate stained glass windows. Inside feel the spirituality of an age-old structure as you gaze at the religious works of art. Throughout the year the Jubilee Choir can be heard.
Built in 1850, this lovely small chapel is Brisbane's oldest church. Built of sandstone in a Gothic style, it was the main Catholic place of worship until 1874, when St. Stephen's Cathedral was completed. This inspiring building is built of porphyry stone, with twin spires beside elaborate stained glass windows. Inside look for religious art works, one of "blessed" Mary McKillop who is on the way to being made a saint. Feel the spirituality all around as you sit in this delightful chapel.
Urban Adventures is a tour operating company that helps travelers to explore the city better. Their tours cover many lesser known areas and hidden gems of Brisbane. Most of their tours are bike or walking tours, making travel more eco-friendly. They also organize tours in many other cities all over the world. Get in touch if you want an off-the-beaten-track experience of Brisbane.
The majestic statues and memorials of Anzac Square of Remembrance serve as a poignant reminder of those who fought and died for their country, while the Eternal Flame enclosed within a bronze urn in the impressive elevated shrine burns 24 hours a day as a symbol of faith and hope. Beneath the shrine lies a large crypt containing several memorials of various wars and Queensland contingents of the armed forces. This is a most affecting place to pay your respects, among the immaculately maintained gardens and lawns. The area also provides a beautiful green and open space to rest or walk.
This tourist desk located in Central train station provides information on how to get to and from theme parks, sporting venues, shopping centers and tourist attractions by train. Many major tourist attractions including Movie World, Dreamworld, and Sea World are accessible by train with package deals from the QR Citytrain Information. Trains depart Central Station most days for Alma Park Zoo and Australia Zoo, both of which have a free courtesy bus to pick up guests from the destination station. Call the 24 hour telephone line for more information.