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Artful Nature
4 Hours  / 5 Kilometres

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Description

Brisbane's gardens, located along the banks of this expansive river, are simply wonderful places to spend some time. Mix them with some cultural infusions and you'll soon discover the perfect elixir for your soul. This fair, green city is the most bio diverse in Australia. Is it any wonder that so many creative souls thrive across our city centre and urban villages? Over time, leading Australian artists have also been captivated, aspiring to reflect the majesty of Brisbane.

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This tour could really be named the 'House and Garden' Tour! As you discover the layers and connections that lie beneath the sites and attractions visited during this tour, you'll begin to wish that these walls and trees really could talk! If you're pushed for time and can only spend around two hours, it might be sensible to halve this itinerary, but those who have already been enjoying it over the entire four hours have discovered that it's an amazing opportunity to showcase our new world city with relative ease and beauty - what it stands for ... where it's been, where it's going ... and importantly ... who we are.

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Journey Routes


  • Riverside to New Farm

    Board a City Cat from Riverside Ferry Terminal and cruise down the river to New Farm Park and the Brisbane Powerhouse. New Farm is one of Brisbane's oldest suburbs with New Farm Park taking centre stage. The park is noted for its large rose gardens and is covered by a wide variety of trees including Jacarandas, Poincianas, Figs, Palms and Coral trees. The famous Jacaranda Drive is a major attraction of the park, along with the central lawn that has the rose garden arrangements. There are picnic and barbecue areas around the riverbank. A huge jungle gym also forms a part of the Park and there is plenty of play equipment available for children. Brisbane Powerhouse is both a producer of contemporary performing arts and a multi-arts venue. Nestled on the beautiful banks of Brisbane River (beside New Farm Park) the former power station has become a distinct landmark, both as a stunning industrial creation and as a hub for everything creative, including theatre, music, comedy, film, visual arts, festivals and ideas.
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  • New Farm to Brisbane City

    Cruise back to Riverside and make your way to the City Botanic Gardens and Old Government House. The City Botanic Gardens are Brisbane's original botanic gardens. They were established in 1855 on the site of the Government Garden, which was created in the early days of the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement. Free guided walks are available with City Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides twice daily One of Queensland's most significant heritage buildings, Old Government House (OGH) was completed in 1862 and served as home for the first eleven governors. Today OGH offers a fascinating insight into colonial life in the early days of Queensland. The House also boasts a gallery dedicated to Australian artist William Robinson. Finish with refreshments at the Old Government House Cafe and catch the free bus back to the city centre.
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Journey Details

Duration4 Hours Itinerary TypeLand
Water
Distance5 KilometresItinerary RouteReturn
Mode of TravelBoat
Walk
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - Suitable for families with young children

Facilities

  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
    Cafe
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Parking for the Disabled
    Disabled Parking
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks

Activities

  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided


Other Information

Children:
Yes.


Visit our Travel Info page or the National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing website for more information. See Park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Artful Nature Full Itinerary


Riverside to New Farm

Board a City Cat from Riverside Ferry Terminal and cruise down the river to New Farm Park and the Brisbane Powerhouse.

New Farm is one of Brisbane's oldest suburbs with New Farm Park taking centre stage. The park is noted for its large rose gardens and is covered by a wide variety of trees including Jacarandas, Poincianas, Figs, Palms and Coral trees. The famous Jacaranda Drive is a major attraction of the park, along with the central lawn that has the rose garden arrangements. There are picnic and barbecue areas around the riverbank. A huge jungle gym also forms a part of the Park and there is plenty of play equipment available for children.

Brisbane Powerhouse is both a producer of contemporary performing arts and a multi-arts venue. Nestled on the beautiful banks of Brisbane River (beside New Farm Park) the former power station has become a distinct landmark, both as a stunning industrial creation and as a hub for everything creative, including theatre, music, comedy, film, visual arts, festivals and ideas.



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CityCat Terminal
CityCat Terminal
New Farm Park
New Farm Park
Powerhouse
Powerhouse
Riverside Dining
Riverside Dining


Route Details

Distance:
2 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Boat
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • The Arts
    The Arts
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



New Farm to Brisbane City

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Cruise back to Riverside and make your way to the City Botanic Gardens and Old Government House.

The City Botanic Gardens are Brisbane's original botanic gardens. They were established in 1855 on the site of the Government Garden, which was created in the early days of the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement.

Free guided walks are available with City Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides twice daily

One of Queensland's most significant heritage buildings, Old Government House (OGH) was completed in 1862 and served as home for the first eleven governors. Today OGH offers a fascinating insight into colonial life in the early days of Queensland. The House also boasts a gallery dedicated to Australian artist William Robinson.

Finish with refreshments at the Old Government House Cafe and catch the free bus back to the city centre.



Photos

City Botanic Gardens
City Botanic Gardens
Water Feature
Water Feature
Old Government House
Old Government House


Route Details

Distance:
2 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
4x4
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • The Arts
    The Arts
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



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