Brisbane Botanic Gardens

So Sami and I have been in Brisbane for about 2 months now and one of the things that we recently did was the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. One of the highlights for us in Cairns was their botanic gardens that had hundreds of different species of trees and plants.

When we arrived here one of the first things that we did was see the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens (the park in the middle of the city).

We thought that it was the only one until we tried to venture out to Mount Coot-tha, which is about 10-15km West of the city. To get there you have to catch one bus from the city that doesn’t run very often. We caught the bus and ended up getting off at the wrong stop – about 2 stops too early. That’s how we ventured to the official Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Once arriving we started our walk and saw 2 huge lizards fighting. It was very funny to watch because they run sort of sideways. One would run up close to the other and it would crawl away sideways.

Two lizards fighting.

Two lizards fighting. The bottom one was the aggressor, he was a little bit smaller as well.

We walked up a hill where they had a large area to eat with beautiful views of the city.

Zoomed in view of the city.

Zoomed in view of the city.

Sami on the lookout.

Sami on the lookout.

While we were eating, a turkey wandered over trying to steal some of our food. He had clearly been fed before as he got within about 2 meters of us and was even walking on the picnic table trying to get bits of our sandwiches.

Sami and her new friend!

Sami and her new friend!

After lunch we wandered around a large pond at the back of the gardens. We saw turtles, ducks and a few pretty large spiders.

The Pond

The Pond

Sami took some pretty flower photos.

Sami took some pretty flower photos.

A Large Spider!

A Large Spider!

The Botanic Gardens is split up into different sections. They had a dome that had rainforest vegetation,

Rainforest Dome!

Rainforest Dome!

a fragrant section ( all very nice smelling flowers),

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Beautiful and smells nice!

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a desert section,

The desert section with tons of cacti.

The desert section with tons of cacti.

and even a bonsai tree section!

Sami's favourite bonsai tree.

Sami’s favourite bonsai tree.

My favorite bonsai tree!

My favorite bonsai tree!

Bonsai trees need minimal soil to grow!

Bonsai trees need minimal soil to grow!

Also in the Bonsai section was this very weird chair.

Me a little freaked out by the chair.

A little freaked out by the chair.

After checking out all the different sections, we headed back to the pond where Sami found some of her favorite animals of the day. The first was a white eyed duck called a “hardhead”.

He looks a little freaky with those eyes!

He looks a little scarey with those eyes!

Sami’s other favorite photo of the day was some ducks hunting for food!

DUCK BUTTS

DUCK BUTTS

Overall there was so much to see at the Brisbane botanical gardens, we had a great day!

Don’t forget to check out our flickr account for up to date photos of our journey so far.

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