Monday, April 9, 2007

Roma Street Parkland

The Roma Street Parkland is a sub-tropical garden covering 16 hectares behind the Roma Street Station and Brisbane Transit Centre. It is bounded by Wickham Terrace, College Road and Parkland Crescent. The railways are now largely hidden behind the upmarket apartment blocks which have been developed along the southern edge of the park. The parkland features a variety of themed gardens and recreational areas, with plenty to do for families on a day out. There is even a licensed cafe, Melange, which offers a variety of fast and fresh food. You can get guided walks through the parklands if you book. It is open 24 hours daily, and there is no admission charge.

The parkland has five distinct precincts: The Spectacle Garden; Forest Walk; Lake Precinct; Celebration Lawn; and Upper Parkland. There is also a large variety of public art in the park, with well over 20 pieces in various locations. The parkland is the result of the redevelopment of the Roma Street railyards, with construction beginning in January 2000 and completion, with the opening ceremony, in April 2001. More than 100,000 shrubs, 1,200 mature trees, 1,800 unique specimens and 350 palms were initially planted to provide a showcase of world plant species.

This, like the Botanic Gardens, is another showcase parkland which has become quite iconic in Brisbane. The Spectacle Garden, every time I have been there, is amazing and as its name suggests, Spectacular! My kids can run and roam to their heart's content, with playgrounds and large open spaces throughout the park. There is even a motorised train ride around the park to keep them enthralled, and to rest your weary legs as you take in the sites.

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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