Your safety

Sherwood Arboretum offers 15 ha of peaceful, riverside green space to enjoy.
These few tips may help you, your family and friends have a safer visit.

The Arboretum wetlands include two unfenced lakes, separated by a long causeway, ideal for bird watching. There is also a fenced viewing platform on the southern lake. Please remember that children should be supervised closely at all times when you are near the lake edges.

The Brisbane River runs along the western boundary of the Arboretum. The river’s edge drops suddenly into deep water. It is definitely NOT a good idea to swim in the river. There are Bull Sharks and also strong tidal currents. Tragically, one young man lost his life in recent years during an attempt to swim across the river.

The Arboretum has two unfenced play grounds with shade for children close to the barbecue shelters. Jolimont Street nearby is often busy with local traffic.
We all know the wisdom of never standing under a tree in a summer thunderstorm. High winds also can bring down tree branches and trees. It’s best to keep a watchful eye on the Bureau of Meteorology website when storms are around. There’s always another day to enjoy the Arboretum.
Unlike the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-tha, there are no opening and closing hours. The Arboretum is not lit at night so it is a sensible precaution to avoid jogging and walking after dark.
It always can be tempting to swap that leafy shade for some extra sunshine. Sun protection with a hat and sunscreen ensures that it’s the barbecues and not you that do the sizzling! The Arboretum has several drinking taps.
Please remember that dogs should be kept on their leashes at all times.
Every effort is made to ensure that the Arboretum’s volunteers enjoy a safe work environment. The monthly ‘working bees’ of the Friends of Sherwood Arboretum Association follow the safety requirements of Brisbane City Council’s Habitat Brisbane program and the advice of Council’s Arborists.