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Townsville Palmetum

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Address: University Road | Cranbrook, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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I like it enough here to come back again and again which is rare for me, usually get bored...lovely garden section with exotic plants and walk through rainforest when not closed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
Townsville, Australia

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Eltham, Australia
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The Tropical part is closed off. Don't know why when we have same problem in Melbourne you could still walk under them just don't touch. Thus half of park is closed very disappointing

Thank Neil W
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44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Half of the Palmetum is closed due to a massive bat colony. There is really not much to see apart from that so if you have 5 or 10 minutes to kill it's worth a look.

Thank ChampagneSuzyWitta
Townsville, Australia
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

I like it enough here to come back again and again which is rare for me, usually get bored...lovely garden section with exotic plants and walk through rainforest when not closed off because of the bat colony (doesn't bother me, they have a right to live there), great walk along river in either direction, turtles can be seen, along with... More 

Thank BushTrekker7
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102 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I got married here so I'm a little biased to the beauty of the place. Beautiful, tranquil tropical gardens to walk through. Memorable day for my husband and I.

Thank aymeh
Townsville, Australia
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Such a beautiful hidden gem, who would know you were next to a main road! So much time taken to produce beautiful landscape.. i don't even feel as though im in a city when im there. Pity about the blood sucking creatures in the trees.. but i don't mind so much :) the cafe is great too! Peaceful atmosphere and... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The rain forest section was closed due to the huge number of bats that have taken up residence there but the the rest of the gardens provided an interesting afternoon stroll. There are some lovely palms,water lilies and succulents. The cafe staff were friendly.

Thank 1959BC
Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Unfortunately the rainforest section is closed at present, due to a large increase in the population of flying foxes that live there. I'm not sure if there's a plan to manage the flying foxes ... Strolling through the palm section and arid section was very enjoyable. The teahouse is cool and attractive, with a good selection of light refreshments and... More 

Thank bobgeddes
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I drop into the garden whenever the bats are there as I love their happy chatter and the fact they are in important part of Australia's nature heritage...and apart from that... we're all a bit batty! We also enjoyed a coffee and cake. Nice.

Thank savethebats
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

It's possibly unfair to compare this to the Cairns botanic gardens, but I went to the two a week apart and the contrast couldn't be greater. The council can't really help the climate, but it was arid and sparse and there were corners of the park that looked unloved. He cacti and succulent section was probably worth 3.5 stars on... More 

Thank Barry & Julie J
Paradise, ca
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

In addition to the variety of gardens, keep an eye out for turtles, butterflies and wallabies. Make sure you visit the art gallery/cafe at the entrance. Good visitor guides and very relaxing.

Thank Erik L

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