When in Brisbane, one place we enjoy visiting is the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha (locals pronounce it as “Koo-tha”).
One of its many attractions is the Freedom Wall, built to honour and remember not just servicemen and -women who saw action, but also the civilians who went to war in support roles, as well as those left behind who played their part to help keep Australia a free country.
At first, I’m always taken by the stunning design of the ‘wall’, which is actually a series of three connecting rooms of different shapes, open to and surrounded by trees.
Having once again admired the design and absorbed the tranquility of the bush, it’s time to read the some of the plaques as I wander back out. Some of them are short, some are longer, but each one represents a loved one lost. I am reminded once again how wars affect everyone in the community, not just those who go off to fight and their immediate families. Societies bear the scars of warfare for a generation or more, and in ways that aren’t always obvious at first glance.
While you’re at the botanic gardens, don’t miss the opportunity to check out all the other attractions. There’s plenty to see and do even if the weather is wet, or stinking hot and humid (so unusual for Brisbane *sarcasm intended*) – the Planetarium is most definitely the place to keep dry and/or stay cool.
You can download a copy of the visitors map for the botanic gardens here. It also gives information on history, facilities and access/transport to the gardens.
Oh, and one last thing… don’t be scared of the Eastern Water Dragons – they’re awesome! (But please don’t feed them or try to touch them. They are wild animals, after all.)