The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha are recognised as Queensland’s premier subtropical botanic gardens. They are a key attraction in the Brisbane City Council Mt Coot-tha precinct. Founded in 1970 and officially opened in 1976, the 56-hectare gardens open daily.The gardens were originally called the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. The gardens are the second botanical gardens established in Brisbane. The original gardens, now known as the City Botanic Gardens are located in the Brisbane CBD at Gardens Point. The new gardens were developed by the City Council because the original city site could not be expanded and was flood prone. The Japanese Gardens also built at the gardens acreage were designed by one of Japan’s leading traditional Japanese garden proponents the late Kenzo Ogata (his last work), the garden is faithful to Japanese garden design concepts, and uses Australian trees, native shrubs and flowers.