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Roma Street Parkland

Stroll through this inner-city oasis with lake, subtropical flowers, native plants, public art and water features.

Roma Street Parkland occupies a 40-acre (16-hectare) site in Brisbane’s city center. This public park was once the city’s principal train yard. It’s now an oasis-like area with five distinct precincts, an amphitheater, wonderful artworks, lakes and playgrounds. It’s a great place to spot small wildlife. Let the kids go on an artwork hunt, or take them for a ride on the Parkland Explorer “train.”

Explore the lush Forest and Fern Gully to walk amid the colorful plants of the subtropical rainforest. The creek is home to the native eastern water dragons and skinks. When reaching the elevated walkways, see if you can spot pink galahs, rainbow-colored lorikeets or bright-blue superb fairy wrens in the canopy. At least 35 bird species frequent the park.

Move on to the Spectacle Garden with seasonal plants and flowers, such as kangaroo paws and poinsettia. The nearby Sound Garden has a remarkable Japanese water harp. Be still and hear water drops create relaxing, almost musical sounds within the earthenware pot. The path leading up to it represents the Rainbow Serpent from local Aboriginal dreaming stories.

For a picnic, head over to the lake or Celebration Lawn with barbecues, public artworks and Frangipani Court. Visit the Upper Parkland and enjoy views of central Brisbane while the kids try out the playground.

Download one of the self-guided walks from the website, or book ahead for one of the free guided tours. Some walks are even designed for parents with infants and the website offers downloadable kids’ activities, such as an artwork hunt and “I Spy” game. On Fridays and during the weekend you can also jump aboard the Parkland Explorer. This small trackless locomotive has three hop-on, hop-off locations and a narrated audio tour.

Roma Street Parkland is located just behind the well-connected Roma Street Station. You can easily walk or cycle there from the heart of the city and there are various access points. Parking is limited and expensive, but restrooms and all other facilities are free. The park doesn’t close at night.


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Lodging Near Roma Street Parkland

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Mantra Richmont Hotel

Mantra Richmont Hotel

22-28 Kennigo Street, Spring Hill
4.5
of 5, from 259 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tivoli, Queen Street Mall, and Roma Street Parkland. Suncorp Stadium and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$77
Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

23 Leichhardt St, Spring Hill
4.3
of 5, from 3,629 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Andrew's War Memorial Hospital and Roma Street Parkland. Queen Street Mall and Suncorp Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$105
Novotel Brisbane

Novotel Brisbane

200 Creek Street, Spring Hill
4.5
of 5, from 3,031 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Spring Hill hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral Square, Brisbane Customs House, and ANZAC Square War Memorial. Eagle Street Pier and Queen Street Mall are also within 15 minutes.

$84
Oaks Aurora

Oaks Aurora

420 Queen St, Brisbane
4.2
of 5, from 1,464 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane Customs House and ANZAC Square War Memorial. Eagle Street Pier and Brisbane Riverside Markets are also within 10 minutes.

$111
The Point Brisbane Hotel

The Point Brisbane Hotel

21 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point
4.6
of 5, from 1,630 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kangaroo Point Cliffs and The Gabba. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Queen Street Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$119
Spice Apartments

Spice Apartments

23 Bouquet Street, South Brisbane
4.6
of 5, from 180 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in South Bank, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Gallery of Modern Art and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Queen Street Mall and Suncorp Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$111
Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane

Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane

43 Herschel Street, Brisbane
4.7
of 5, from 609 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queensland Police Museum, City Hall Clock Tower, and Brisbane City Hall. Roma Street Parkland and Brisbane Private Hospital are also within 15 minutes.

$80
Punthill Brisbane

Punthill Brisbane

40 Astor Terrace, Spring Hill
4.6
of 5, from 1,765 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Cathedral Square, Queen Street Mall, and Roma Street Parkland. Suncorp Stadium and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km).