As the cool weather (slowly) eases and we begin the downhill slide into spring, we’re on the hunt for fresh blooms. Here are our top spots to stop and smell the flowers, both near and far.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens
A floral oasis in the CBD, Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens are the perfect place for your next family picnic or Sunday stroll. With sprawling greens, riverfront views and close proximity to the city – and the beautiful Queensland Parliament buildings – there is a lot to see and do in these botanic gardens, but getting lost amongst the floral gardens is perhaps our favourite thing. A variety of flowers and trees can be seen throughout the gardens – which were formerly a zoo and still feature a converted bear shelter – but if you’re looking for flowers, we recommend the aptly-named Formal Flower Garden.
Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Brisbanites are spoilt with not one, but two botanic gardens to choose from – whether you want river views or sprawling views of the city from mountain high, there’s something for everyone. What the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens lack in CBD convenience, they more than make up for in atmosphere. With arguably more attractions than the City Botanic Gardens, including a bonsai house, plants from arrid to rainforest regions, a hide’n’seek children’s trail, Japanese garden, tropical display dome and so much more, you could happily spend a whole day here with the family.
Gold Coast Botanic Gardens
The Gold Coast wasn’t about to let Brisbane have all of the floral fun! The botanic gardens at Benowa are the perfect destination for your next free family day out, open from dawn ‘til dusk, all year ‘round. Stroll through the sensory garden, touching and smelling flowers and plants as you go, pay a visit to the native butterfly garden or stop and smell the roses (literally) in the rose garden. There are also plenty of walking trails, picnic areas and lakeside boardwalks to keep you busy, plus a children’s playground to entertain the little ones.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
There’s no place more fitting to host a carnival of flowers than Queensland’s very own Garden City, Toowoomba – and boy, do they do it well. Arguably the biggest event in the Darling Downs region, Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers blooms every September, splashing colour and fun across the city. Australia’s longest running floral event of its kind, the carnival is celebrated across Toowoomba’s many parks and gardens, and features events for food and wine buffs, competitions for green thumbs and plenty of kid-friendly activities, too.
Western Downs Wildflowers
Planning a family road trip out west? You can’t miss the Miles and Gurulmundi wildflower trail, which typically blossoms into life after the first spring rains in September. A wondrous array of native plants and wildflowers await you as you drive or walk your way through the region, and there are plenty of spots to stop and take in the view as you go. Beyond the thousands of wildflowers, this region is also a great place to immerse yourself in local history – from the Miles Historical Village to the Dingo Barrier Fence, the longest continuous fence in the world – and visit the unmissable towns of South-Western Queensland.