The City Botanic Gardens are the city’s oldest park, originally planted by convicts in 1825 with food crops to feed the prison colony. These gardens include ancient trees, rainforest glades, exotic species and a river boardwalk. There are free guided walks available from Monday to Saturdays at approximately 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. (excluding public holidays). The walks are at a gentle pace and last approximately one hour. Meet at the Rotunda near the Alice Street Main Entrance.
Looking for somewhere to take time out, relax in an idyllic setting, watch the children play and learn or wander through the rainforest in search of treasure; visit South Bank. Explore The Parklands, with its lush foliage, public beach, lagoons and picnic areas, as well as Little Stanley’s cosmopolitan strip of restaurants, bars and boutiques, and Grey Street; one of Brisbane’s defining art and cultural hubs.
Visit the Boondall Wetlands Reserve on the edge of Moreton Bay, just 25 minutes north of Brisbane Gateway Resort. The Wetlands are home to a host of animals and birds you won’t see every day. You can cycle the 8.4 km round trip of sealed tracks, stretch your legs with a short bush walk, follow the Aboriginal Art Trail or “set sail” in a canoe. The Boondall Visitor’s Centre is open 7 days a week and offers guided walks, bike tours and other services.
Just 20 minutes drive from Brisbane Gateway Resort is Manly Harbour Village. A place where old world character and charm sits comfortably beside present day chic, right on the edge of picturesque Moreton Bay. Manly Harbour Village overlooks the largest man-made marina on Australia’s east coast, which is home to over 1,500 craft of all shapes and sizes. Against a backdrop of sails and islands, you’ll find an interesting and entertaining mix of restaurants, eateries, coffee houses, craft shops, Sunday markets, art galleries and offshore adventures.
A relaxing cruise across Brisbane’s Moreton Bay is an ideal start to a great day at Tangalooma. Nestled amongst both national and marine parks, whether you are interested in a break to connect with nature and chill out, or find an action-packed adventure on either land or sea, Tangalooma is the right place for the task! If encountering wildlife is your main interest, you can experience the sheer joy of hand-feeding dolphins up-close.
Take home a taste of Queensland wines from Sirromet Winery, Queensland’s largest wine producer. Located just 20 minutes east of Brisbane Gateway Resort at Mount Cotton, Sirromet is great fun to visit and boasts a terrific cellar door where friendly staff will tailor tastings to your request. Tours are available and the winery’s restuarant, Lurleen’s will complete the package with its superb cuisine.
Journey to the emerald green rainforest sanctuary of the Gold Coast’s Tamborine Mountain, just 45 minutes from Brisbane Gateway Resort, then depart from the Rainforest Eco Gallery and begin the adventure on a spectacular elevated walkway through the beautiful middle and upper canopies of the rainforest.