When you're on holiday, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of being in a new place. However, it's also important you take time for yourself. Here are some lovely parks in Brisbane that are perfect for some downtime.

South Bank Parklands

Right on the Brisbane River, this area is lush and beautiful. With plentiful grassy areas, some decadent places to grab a bite and gorgeous views of the river, this park is so much more than just a lawn or two. 

When you wander around the area, there are beautiful sights, including many public works that are diverse and interesting. You'll see statues, mosaics, sculptures and more. The Clem Jones Promenade Mosaics by Artbusters has been in the park since 1992 and are  a colourful depiction of swimming pool fun.

If you've hired a car in Brisbane, you'll find many places to park. There are also various deals that can make your excursion more affordable. The morning special is perfect if you're heading down for a sunrise run – park from 5am-9am for just $2. The weekday special is perfect for holidayers. Stay from 11:30am-2:30pm for just $5.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha

These gardens are known for their plentiful subtropical plants and flowers. The gardens cover 52 acres and include both native and exotic plants from all different climates and terrain. The themed gardens highlight different areas and species. Head on over to the scented garden, bamboo grove or cactus garden. At the Bonsai House you can learn more about this unique art and see over 300 bonsai trees. Throughout the gardens, there are also waterfalls, a tropical greenhouse and the largest collection of Australian native rainforest trees.

There are a number of events taking place at the gardens throughout the year as well as workshops for all ages. Every week there are also guided walks from 11am-1pm. If you're visiting the park in August there are some things you should check out, such as Twilight Yoga in the Gardens on August 2, Japanese Cultural Day on August 17 and Storytime in the Gardens throughout the month that will entertain especially younger kids.

The botanic gardens are open every day from 8am-5pm between April and August and 8am-5:30pm from September to March.

Roma Street Parkland and Spring Hill

On the North of the CBD is this park that encapsulates what makes Brisbane unique. You'll come in contact with the history of the city. In ancient times, this area was a meeting place for local Aboriginal people. In the 1870s, when Europeans were settling in Australia, the park was a railway goods yard.

The Roma Street section is one of the best contemporary gardens in the country. Those who seek out beautiful gardens with a range of plants, look for this park. A particular highlight is The Spectacle Garden. On Colin Campbell Place, this garden is colourful at any time of the year. There is a dazzling array of flowers, herbs, water features and sculptures including a tall lattice type structure that curves subtly. 

There are also a wide range of large lawns where you can relax and enjoy Brisbane. Grab some supplies and make use of the free electric barbecues – after all, what's better than a picnic when you're on holiday? If you're holidaying with your kids, there's also a playground in the park that is sure to entertain them for hours.

You can discover more of the area with a guided walk. These last one hour and are completely free – you'll be lead by a friendly volunteer guide who wants to share their passion with you.