Brisbane Botanic Gardens (Mt Cootha)


Brisbane Botanic Gardens at the foot of Mt Cootha (nto to be confused with Brisbane City Botanic Gardens) has been a favourite spot for professional photographers for years.  Covering an area of more than 50 hectares, there are many different areas covering a wide variety of vegetation types and lots of little areas to do portrait shots.

There are of course plenty of Macro opportunities as well with Flowers and Insects pretty much all year round.


Features of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens include:

  • Tropical Display Dome
  • Japanese Garden
  • Bonsai House
  • Fern House
  • Arid Zone and Cactus House
  • Exotic Rainforest
  • Australian Rainforest
  • Fragant Plant and Herb Garden
  • Temperate Garden
  • Lagoon and Bamboo Grove
  • Australian Plant communities
  • National Freedom Wall

Japanese Garden

A favourite spot is the Japanese Gardens. Designed by one of Japan’s leading traditional Japanese garden proponents the late Kenzo Ogata (his last work), the garden is faithful to Japanese Garden design concepts, and uses Australian trees, native shrubs and flowers.

How to get there:

Located on Mt Coot-tha Road at Toowong, the gardens are open every day of the year between 8am – 5.30pm from September to March and 8am – 5pm from April to August. Entry to the gardens is free. Dogs are not permitted.

Best time:

I prefer early morning – before the crowds arrive, but there are so many areas it is usually possible to find a quite secluded place for taking photos 🙂


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