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.... more
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.... less
|Duration||4 Hours||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||5 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||Return
|Mode of Travel||Boat|
|Level of Difficulty|
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.
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.