Exploring Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha

Each Botanic Treasure has been allocated a section on this website. The mixture of information includes historical and current data, plants, people and designed elements. This initial release has been concentrated on providing content about the CBG, but even that has more to be told.

There are three other valuable assets located within the grounds of MCBG: the Planetarium, the Library and the Herbarium.


A very special addition to the science and learning available at MCBG is the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, established in 1978.

BCC website here: >>>

And their events are listed here: >>>


Brisbane City Council has a local library that specialises in botany, horticulture and landscape architecture located within the main Administration Building at MCBG.

BCC website here: >>>


Also located within the grounds of MCBG is the State Herbarium, originally part of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. It was separated in 1880 under the Department of Agriculture and Stock and remains part of the State Government control to this day.

A Herbarium is collection of pressed, dried plants that are labelled comprehensively and used for reference purposes. Some of the oldest specimens in the BRI collection were collected by Banks and Solander in 1770.
An excellent history of the State Herbarium was written by former Director Selwyn Everist.
Everist, Selwyn L. (1982), “History of the Queensland Herbarium and Botanical Library. 1855 to 1976,” Austrobaileya, 1 (5), pp. 429-45
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Here is their website: >>>

Next on the schedule for development is the story of the Botanic Gardens at Mt.Coot-tha!

What would you like to explore?

We have stories and pictures and more information under these categories:

TIMELINE at MCBG — under development
GALLERY: Now and Then images — under development
Description — this has some good basic data already
Significance — this section has some basic data as well
History — under development
Botanical Collections — under development
Animalia — under development
Just Add People! — under development
Management — this section has links to the FINAL Master Plan and the Mt Coot-tha Precinct Visitor Centre.