Redcliffe Botanic Gardens

Redcliffe Botanic Gardens

Redcliffe Botanic Gardens Hut

The Redcliffe Botanic Gardens is a peaceful green haven right in the heart of the Redcliffe. It provides a quick escape from the rigours of everyday life. It is the perfect place to have a picnic, celebrate a birthday or simply enjoy a quiet moment in the beautiful natural surrounds.

Once a cow paddock, this site has been transformed by the Council, Friends of the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens and other local community groups into a natural wonderland boasting a wide variety of plants native to South East Queensland.

The Gardens have a multitude of picturesque and shaded areas which provide a popular place for gatherings. There are shelters, seating and drinking fountains provided at various locations as well as facilities for people with a disability.

Dogs are not permitted.

Entry to the grounds is free.


Contact details

  • Entries are located at Henzell Street and George Street, Redcliffe.
  • Open: 6.00am - 6.00pm 7 days a week
  • Contact Council for information

Main features

Johnman-Loveday Track

Johnman-Loveday Track

This was the first part of the Gardens to be developed back in the 1970s. It is believed to have remained uncleared and is one of the last remaining examples of the Redcliffe bush. Joan Johnman and Jackie Loveday were members of SGAP (The Society for Growing Australian Plants ) who tended this area for many years.

Rainforest precinct

Rainforest precinct

This shady area occupies approximately one quarter of the Botanic Gardens and includes more than 250 kinds of rainforest species native to the Moreton Bay region. This rainforest has been developed on former cow pastures. Students of rainforests would recognise many of the features of a rainforest – closed canopy, drip-tipped leaves, palms trees, epiphytes, vines, and buttress roots, as well as a native strangling fig tree planted in 1990.

Wallum Heathland precinct

The Wallum precinct

"Wallum" is the aboriginal word for the Banksia aemula. This section features plants which make up the coastal Wallum regions of south-east Queensland. Most of these areas – either coastal sand dunes or the flat swampy sandy areas behind them - are now housing or canal estates. These plants provide a spectacular wild flower display in spring and early summer.

Community Nursery

The Community Nursery

The Nursery is the nerve centre of the Gardens. It is where volunteers gather to discuss upcoming projects and receive instructions on priority tasks. Volunteers either work in the nursery itself on plant propagation, maintenance and botanical identification or work in areas out in the Gardens requiring specific maintenance or plantings

Peninsula Herb Garden

Peninsula Herb Garden

The Herb Garden was the second part of the Gardens to be developed in the 1970s. The garden is extremely popular with visitors and widely regarded as one of the best collections of herbs in Queensland. The garden boasts over 300 species of culinary, medicinal, industrial and native herbs including many rare and delicate species.

Permaculture Garden

Permaculture Garden

This recently added addition complements the Herb Garden. Here visitors can find out how easy it is to grow food from around the world in their own backyards using permaculture techniques of plant rotation. Different composting methods can be observed in this garden.

Chorizema spring

Chorizema spring

This photographic water feature has been designed by local TAFE staff and students under the direction of Bob Evans to simulate a natural pond and creek system originating from a natural spring. "Chorizema" is the name of a small multi-stemmed plant which derives from the Greek meaning "dance near water."

Old Cowyards

The Old Cowyards

The cowyards are a significant part of the Garden’s history. Recreated by the Rotary Club of Redcliffe City in association with the Redcliffe Historical Society in May 2008, the cowyards are evidence of the previous use of a large part of the grounds, before the area became the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens.

The Amphitheatre

An flat open area has been accentuated and surrounded by native trees and shrubs to provide a natural meeting place. The site is used for weddings and by school groups. This site together with the adjacent gazebo is available for booking for private functions. Ring 3202 0555 for more information.

The Sensory Garden

This area of raised garden beds was originally funded by the Quota Club of Redcliffe. The aim is to provide wheelchair friendly access to garden beds, which each feature a set of plants designed to appeal to the senses such as sight, smell, touch.

Getting there

The Redcliffe Botanic Gardens is just a short drive from Brisbane's northern suburbs and 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD via the Gateway Arterial.

If you are coming from the:

  • South - Cross the Houghton Highway, follow the Hornibrook Esplanade and then turn left into Victoria Avenue.
  • North - follow Anzac Avenue to Redcliffe and turn right into Victoria Avenue.
  • Entry to the Botanic Gardens is via George or Henzell Streets.

An extensive network of walking paths allows easy access to most areas. General parking is available in George Street with off-street access for people with a disability and disabled parking spaces available from Henzell Street.

Volunteering

Details about the Council volunteer program are available online. Alternatively, to find out more about volunteering with the Friends of Redcliffe Botanic Gardens, please email or find them on Facebook.

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