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Brisbane Botanic Gardens

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Australia - Queensland - Toowong

Institution Code: TOOW

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Brisbane Botanic Gardens

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha are Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens. These 52 hectare gardens are situated seven kilometres from the city centre.
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens officially opened in 1976. Work to build these gardens at the foot of Mount Coot-tha began in 1970.

The Brisbane City Council decided to establish a new botanic gardens after eight major floods swept though the City Botanic Gardens between 1870 and 1974. This open woodland area on the eastern slopes of Mount Coot-tha was selected as a suitable flood-free site.

Plant collections at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens include a series of distinctly different gardens arranged in themes and geographical displays. The recently developed Australian Plant Communities collection occupies a total area of 27 hectares.

Main Address:
Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Mt Coot-tha Road
Queensland 4066 Australia

Telephone: +(07) 617 3403 2535
Fax: +(07) 617 3403 2552
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Curator
    Curator's Name: Dale Arvidsson
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Philip Cameron
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 34
    Educational Staff Number: 6
    Research Staff Number: 2
    Administration Staff Number: 9

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: No
    Status: Municipal: Yes
  • Date founded: 1976
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 52 Hectares
    Latitude: -27.4767276
    Longitude: 152.9753942
    Annual Rainfall: 150 mm
    Altitude: 38.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: City Botanic Gardens Sherwood Arboretum

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Volunteers: 100

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 15000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 3988
  • Special Collections:30 % of collection is Australian flora. Erythrina, succulents, bromeliads, palms, Ficus, tropical flowering trees, exotic and Australian native rainforest, Camellia, azaleas, and rare fruits.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: No
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes