There’s a series of lovely parks in the CBD area of Brisbane, between the river and the M5 motorway. The highlight is the Roma Street Parkland, which provides 16 hectares of beautiful green space to explore. The lush green lawns, pretty gardens and water features are an oasis in this bustling city. This map provides a good overview of the park’s paths and attractions. A full loop is ~1.4 km. Toilets and water fountains are scattered throughout the park. A café is also located in the park, close to the Roma Street Station, for a post-run refuel.
If you’re running from the city, we recommend using Edward Street to run up Jacobs Ladder (more below), then follow Wickham Terrance to the left until you reach the parkland.
Longer Run and Jacobs Ladder add-on: We recommend combining the Roma Street Parklands with other adjacent parks: Wickham Park, the Old Windmill Observatory, and King Edward Park. As part of this, include Jacob’s Ladder — a long staircase that extends from the corner of Edward and Turbot Streets to Wickham Terrance in King Edward Park. The steps are painted red so are hard to miss and are in the perfect location to run up them at least once on the way to the parklands. For more, note the Botanic Garden, with its 1.5 km of lovely paths, is just 1 km to the south, using the festive Queen St. or Edward St.
- A loop around the Roma Parklands is ~1.5 km; Good add-ons with adjacent parks
- Some elevation
- Park entrance, or from CBD it's 1-2 km
- Albert St. to get into park; Can run/walk from CBD; Roma Street Station is a busy transit center