In the centre of Brisbane, Roma Street Parkland offers 16 hectares of green, flowered paradise. A break from the city streets, Roma Street Parkland hosts activities, attractions, leisure facilities, galleries, as well as pathways navigating the expansive natural beauty. Celebrated as one of the best contemporary display gardens in Australia, Roma Street Parkland shows off an impressive collection of plant life at high horticultural standards. The park space is also used for events and festivals, as well as community projects, making the park a central feature of the city and its society.
To show off the beauty of Roma Street Parkland, free guided tours are offered by volunteers. Alternatively, members of the public are free to explore for themselves and enjoy the flowers, water features and artwork. Spectacle Garden, with its combination of rainbow coloured plant life, is a visual treat and is an immersive experience to wander through, drawing all senses into perfect harmony. From the parklands, there is a view of the spectacular Kurilpa Bridge which lights up at night in a captivating display. To further appreciate the relaxation of Roma Street Parkland, Café Melange, Pleasant Restaurant and Jack + Hill are dining places offering delicious cuisine and a unique atmosphere in the heart of the gardens.
With nearly 200 car parking spaces, Roma Street Parkland is very accessible by car, although there are fees. Alternatively, coaches are available to take guests directly to the park, although they are usually reserved for larger groups. Trains go to Roma Street Train Station right by the park, buses go to the Transit Centre, and there are also bike paths and racks for cyclists.
Roma Street Parklands is a popular venue for events including weddings and festivals, not only because of its beautiful natural scenery but also due to the impressive open-air amphitheatre that makes a perfect central platform. Queensland theatre companies often perform plays here. Roma Street Parkland is an original feature of the city and was once the meeting place for local indigenous people. It has been recognised since the founding of the city in 1825 but was officially constructed and opened in 2001 as the beautiful, landscaped gardens that are seen today.