It’s normal to want a break from the everyday hustle and bustle of metropolitan life — but it’s not always so easy to get away. The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha offer the perfect compromise, providing a tropical oasis with a friendly family atmosphere only minutes away from the city.

If you’ve never been to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha before or you’re looking for something fun to do for the family, their upcoming community open day on Sunday May 17 is a perfect opportunity to visit one of Brisbane’s favourite locations.

Mix up your weekend by coming and enjoying a day of community fun with market stalls, live music, cooking demonstrations and a bunch of activities for kids.

A special live appearance will be made by dirtgirl from Dirtgirlworld (as seen on ABC Kids), giving the little ones a chance to say hi and ask some questions. Dirtgirl just loves growing things and she wants to grow a new generation of gardeners, so the kids are sure to learn a few things about the gardens around them. 

Take a relaxed stroll around the park and explore the four new hectares of gardens delivered by Brisbane City Council as part of the Legacy Way tunnel project. 

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens are recognised as Queensland’s premier subtropical botanic gardens with 56 hectares to explore, so it’s sure not to disappoint.

If getting there is a hassle, make use of the day’s free transport from Roma Street, King George Square, Toowong, Indooroopilly and Darra. Visit or call (07) 3403 8888 for more information!