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Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens

132 Woodward Street | Edge Hill, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Ranked #17 of 37 Attractions in Cairns
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Overall a well maintained garden with a saltwater and a freshwater lake and running streams. Unfortunately the weather was a little dry when I was there otherwise it could have been greener and better. Good walking tracks around garden and informative Aboriginal cultures. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

These gardens are the best I have seen. Parking might be a bit of a problem, though. We parked at the lower side of the Centenary lakes and had a lovely walk, past huge bamboo patches to the entrance to the gardens, where we spent a whole morning, had an exellent lunch at the cafe, and wandered back again through... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Not what we expected, more like swamps than lakes. Wooden walking track a bit slippery and needs upgrading.

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Hastings, New Zealand
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26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Lots of informative signs here, the boardwalk meanders through forest and swamp, then opens into parkland, a river (no crocodiles, we checked!), a couple of lakes, one salt water, one fresh. Lovely big trees and tropical palms, a playground for the kids and several barbeque areas for picnics. The bus stops close to the entrance on one side, near the... More

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Berlin, Germany
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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Centenary Lakes its closed to the Botanical Gardens from Cairns and beautiful walk from there cross the street.. and enjoyed the tropical fauna and birdslife

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We spent a very enjoyable afternoon wandering around the gardens. Paths are well maintained, lots of signage and information. Fascinating to learn about the wet tropics/rain forests

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Gosford, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We had a team function at this venue and it was well worth it. The venue is excellent and the staff were knowledgable and helpful. Add this one to your intinery.

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Cairns, Australia
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We're locals and must admit that we don't visit our Botanic Gardens regularly enough. It's a stunning place and visitors we take there from down south are always amazed at the prolific growth of amazing tropical specimens that struggle in controlled environments outside of the tropics. You can stroll around in the shade here for as long as your interest... More

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Boston, MA
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

A spectacular spot to get acquainted with the trees, plants and birds of tropical north Queensland if you're a visitor, or a place just to relax if you're a local. Here you will find salt and fresh water ponds and creeks, and a boardwalk trail through remnant swamp forest. In the adjacent Flecker Botanic Gardens are the very interesting Gondwanan... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Saw the most beautiful rain forest plants and some blue butterflies such a gorgeous setting calm and relaxing and free yeah. Well worth a visit

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