We heard various people mentioning this park so we decided to investigate. What a pleasant surprise! We arrived on a warm Sunday afternoon with our picnic basket expecting to find a nice suburban park with a playground and barbeque places …. Well we found all that and so much more.
This park offers an unbelievable display of subtropical plants, picture perfect vistas and very unique artwork. It covers 16 hectares and used to be a railway yard. I have read somewhere that it is the world’s largest subtropical garden in a city centre.
The attraction that impressed us most is the fern grove. A network of walkways and bridges take through misty groves where you can marvel at the world’s largest fern species. Angiopterus (the world’s largest fern) is found naturally in only two isolated areas in Queensland. Another source of delight is the countless lizards you’ll encounter. We stumbled across a very friendly fellah who seemed to like the spotlight: he seemed quite happy to pose while we took photos.
The park has a lake with grassed areas as well as a café overlooking the Water Wall. Just as we thought we’ve seen it all, we turned a corner and found ourselves in a garden absolutely bursting with colour – it felt like we were attending a garden or flower festival. It is aptly named the Spectacle Garden.
But what would a park be without a play area for the little ones? The parklands offer playgrounds designed for kids of all ages.
There are quite a variety of free guided walks on offer. To find out more just pop into the visitor information centre. More photos.
Roma Street Parkland is open 7 days a week and admission is free.