Being relatively new to Brisbane, I was amazed at the range of beautiful settings to be found at the riverside City Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

The Gardens are centrally located adjacent to the Brisbane CBD on Alice Street. It is a fantastic location for sunset photo shoots because of the great options that it offers. There is so much colour and lush green foliage to be found in the palms, and exotic sub-tropical plants scattered throughout the garden.

There is a section containing formal garden beds and manicured lawns which is a great setting for families with young babies and toddlers. I recently photographed a couple with their young son using this formal setting as the backdrop. Aunty and Uncle were also involved in the photo shoot. I love photographing extended families, which clients will typically organise for anniversaries and special events, but you needn’t wait for a special occasion. Next time you have a family photo shoot, consider involving other family members if they are available.

For families with older children and for those who prefer a less formal setting, there are well made paths and board walks which weave their through the shady mangroves adjacent to the river. There is also the canopy of large weeping fig trees – these both make a spectacular setting.

If you are looking for something a little different, the nearby Old Government House is an attractive historical setting and so is the Caretaker’s Cottage. Both are a short stroll from the Gardens. There is also wonderful views of the Story Bridge from the Garden’s riverside position.

There are lots of options at the City Botanic Gardens, from intimate sub-tropical settings to large open grassed spaces bordered by beautiful annuals. Check them out next time you are in the city, you will see why it is one of my favourite locations.