Artful Nature

Multiple Locations

There's no better way to enjoy Brisbane's sub-tropical climate, enviable outdoor lifestyle and vibrant urban villages than by spending time in the city's lush, open green spaces and getting under the skin of its creative precincts. You can discover Brisbane in all its glory through the eyes of a local on an 'Artful Nature' tour with Brisbane Greeters. The tour will make use of the city's walking and public transport facilities to give you a glimpse into what makes Brisbane the most bio diverse city in Australia as well as a centre for creativity.

Brisbane's gardens, located along the banks of its expansive river, are complemented by its iconic heritage buildings; including Old Government House, which is also home to the William Robinson Gallery, and Brisbane Powerhouse, a former power station turned arts and cultural hub.

Brisbane Greeters run free, customisable tours led by locals who are enthusiastic about introducing you to their city, and sharing their intimate knowledge. While the Greeter service is a free public service, you will need to pay for any public transport, food and beverage consumed, and any applicable admission fees.

Journey Details

Duration
4 Hours
Distance
5 Kilometres

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Full Itinerary

Riverside to New Farm

Board a City Cat from Riverside Ferry Terminal and cruise down the river to New Farm Park and the Brisbane Powerhouse.

New Farm is one of Brisbane's oldest suburbs with New Farm Park taking centre stage. The park is noted for its large rose gardens and is covered by a wide variety of trees including Jacarandas, Poincianas, Figs, Palms and Coral trees. The famous Jacaranda Drive is a major attraction of the park, along with the central lawn that has the rose garden arrangements. There are picnic and barbecue areas around the riverbank. A huge jungle gym also forms a part of the Park and there is plenty of play equipment available for children.

Brisbane Powerhouse is both a producer of contemporary performing arts and a multi-arts venue. Nestled on the beautiful banks of Brisbane River (beside New Farm Park) the former power station has become a distinct landmark, both as a stunning industrial creation and as a hub for everything creative, including theatre, music, comedy, film, visual arts, festivals and ideas.

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Route Details

Route Type
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Mode of Travel
Boat
New Farm to Brisbane City

Cruise back to Riverside and make your way to the City Botanic Gardens and Old Government House.

The City Botanic Gardens are Brisbane's original botanic gardens. They were established in 1855 on the site of the Government Garden, which was created in the early days of the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement.

Free guided walks are available with City Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides twice daily

One of Queensland's most significant heritage buildings, Old Government House (OGH) was completed in 1862 and served as home for the first eleven governors. Today OGH offers a fascinating insight into colonial life in the early days of Queensland. The House also boasts a gallery dedicated to Australian artist William Robinson.

Finish with refreshments at the Old Government House Cafe and catch the free bus back to the city centre.

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Route Details

Route Type
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Mode of Travel
Boat

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Clump Mountain National Park

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
This park, on the scenic coast just north of Mission Beach, contains some of the few remaining patches of undisturbed tropical lowland rainforest in North Queensland. These rainforest remnants are important habitat for the endangered southern cassowary.

Millstream Falls National Park

Ravenshoe, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
Plunging over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow, Big Millstream Falls is reputedly the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. Lying in the rain shadow of the eastern dividing ranges, the dry open woodland here is in stark contrast with the rainforest which is only kilometres away.

Mamu Tropical Skywalk

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$19 - 23
The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is a spectacular walk through the canopy of World Heritage rainforest. It is an iconic tourist attraction in the heart of the Wet Tropics. With a 350 metre long elevated walkway through the canopy, a cantilever, a 37 metre observation tower and more than 1200 metres of walking tracks, this attraction is a must do for anyone visiting the region.

Djiru National Park

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
This park protects some of the last remaining lowland rainforest in the wet tropics, including a rare patch of licuala fan palm forest and is one of the few places you're likely to see an unusual and endangered bird, the southern cassowary.

Tully Gorge National Park

Tully, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
In this park, the Tully River plunges down the Cardwell Range, through the densely forested Tully Gorge, in Australia's wettest area, part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Heavy rainfall encourages lush tropical vegetation and ensures plenty of white-water on the Tully River.

Licuala State Forest

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Licuala State Forest boasts several enjoyable walking tracks. Enjoy the native wildlife of the area as you walk around the forest…the Ulysses butterfly, cassowaries and green tree frogs. Be sure to look upwards to enjoy the sunlight shining through the beautiful palm leaves…it's truly remarkable!

Little Millstream Falls

Ravenshoe, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
Plunging over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow, Big Millstream Falls is reputedly the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. A walking track leads to a viewing area over the falls. Here, in the rainshadow of the eastern dividing ranges, the dry, open woodland vegetation is dominated by eucalypts.

Tully Falls and Tully Gorge

Ravenshoe, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
Follow the scenic Tully Falls Road to the spectacular Tully Gorge Lookout. The falls only run in a big wet season, but the walls of raw rock and rainforest which plunge 300 metres (984 feet) down to the Tully River are still an awe-inspiring sight.

Great Barrier Reef Islands

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Stretching more than 2,000 kilometres along the Queensland coastline and covering 35 million hectares, the Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef. It is home to an abundance of marine wildlife - including more than 1,500 brilliantly coloured species of tropical fish, 4000 species of molluscs, 400 species of sponge and 300 species of hard corals.

Mission Beach

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Nature takes centre stage at Mission Beach with its long unspoilt beaches, deserted islands and white-water rivers fringed by rainforest. There are no crowds at this seductive and easy going destination which is perfect for relaxation or discovering adrenalin pumping outdoor activities.
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