Brisbane Botanical Gardens - City Centre
Reviewed Nov 2017
We spent a week on the pile moorings at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens just before last New Years Eve. Even though I grew up in Brisbane, the trip up the river was really scenic, interesting and enjoyable... especially admiring all the new developments around Bulimba, Newstead and New Farm. The pile moorings at the Botanical Gardens are managed by Brisbane City Council... actually I got the impression it was just one guy at BCC, because he was clearly on holidays for the long weekend and there did not seem anybody else who could advise us on the protocols and method of payment.
Not that it mattered... others told us to grab any vacant mooring to our liking... even helped in their tinny to get us tied in as we do not have a lot of experience with pile moorings where the lines are not provided. (so make sure you have plenty of strong lines before you try to tie up here). The area is tidal, so make allowances for pulling in different directions on the piles.
The moorings are administered from the King George Square Carpark office (about a 15-20 min walk to the other side of the city) and and we received an application form that needed to be completed in some detail with photo ID and more. I have since learned that the form is also downloadable from the web: https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/sports-leisure/boating-canoeing-fishing/boat-moorings/gardens-point-boat-harbour We completed the forms and heard from nobody (it was holiday season) and came back to the carpark office a week later to pay - was very cheap though... less $70 per week. Some facilities are available in terms of shower and laundry, but this meant paying a security deposit for the key, and having to return it across town on departure to get the refund.... would be ok if you had a bicycle!
Other than the administrative challenges, the botanic gardens are very beautiful... Southbank and inner city shops and restaurants are very convenient to this harbour. Lots of City Cats zoom past every half hour or so... and there is a little wake disturbance, but nothing to stop you cooking a meal, and they stop running overnight.
Central Brisbane location
Dealing with bureaucrats to process payment