|Morning Star Statue|
But I have always been careful where parks are concerned because, if I were to speak like a broken record, I was mugged at a beautiful park (Retiro) in Madrid once upon a time. That experience taught me a lot about traveling - and it has changed me forever. You see, sometimes, bad things yield great lessons.
The thing with parks is that, it cannot control its human environment so it is open to a variety of souls of different persuasions. The air maybe fresh, but rotten elements may likewise lurk in the bushes. But I only mention this so people always approach public parks with a healthy amount of caution.
The whole sprawl of the City Botanic Garden is 20 hectares (49 acres) with sectional themes. This park carries a rich historical background behind its leaves and fauna. In 1828, colonial botanist Charles Fraser picked this site as a public garden. The food crops that the convicts used to grow here were destroyed to give way to a leisure area. Some parts have been planted with colorful flowers while others have palms and figs.
Special points of interest includes the City Gardens Cafe that was originally the curator's house; the Walter Hill Fountain that was designed by architect Charles Tiffin; and a Cycle Station near Albert Street for those who require bikes to roam the park. Weddings are a familiar sight here. The "Morning Star II" (top photo), designed by Jon Barlow Hudson was a product of World Expo 88. At the Brisbane River Stage, free tours could be had between 11 AM and 1 PM daily. But who needs a guide in a park? Like, seriously? Plays are also mounted at the aforementioned stage.
In the vicinity of the garden, I found the QUT - Queensland University of Technology and the City Parliament. If you're a tourist and you require to, say check your mails or update your Facebook, here is a good place because there's free wifi.
From here, at the QUT area, one could walk towards Friendship Bridge if their next destination is the Southbank Parklands at the other side of the River. One could probably spend a couple of hours relaxing among the greens.
But like most times, I couldn't stay longer than necessary. I had places to go.
This is the Eye in the Sky!
|Mangrove Board Walk|
|This area is considered the center of the garden.|
|Brisbane River Stage|
|Walter Hill Fountain|
|QUT (above and below)|
|The way to Friendship Bridge.|
|Map of the City Botanic Garden|