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Townsville Palmetum

Address: University Road | Cranbrook, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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Ranked #6 of 27 Attractions in Townsville
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Hughenden, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We walked through the Palmetum recently and were interested to see the roosting fruit bats. There should be more information on them and their lifestyle, for tourists from overseas who have never seen them before. Also we love unusual plants and the exotic section was worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The Palmetum is exactly what it says, it boasts palms from around the World! As you wander through the rainforest section as well as the arid section, you will be amazed at how many countries have palm trees! I would suggest visiting in the winter time (April to August) to avoid the 'real' heat. But afterwards stop into the Palmetum... More 

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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Gorgeous park, wide variety of plants & settings, great to wander for an hour or two or just find a shady spot to sit with a good book. Great venue for family photos, weddings etc.

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Calgary, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This used to be a great place to walk and enjoy throughout the year with beautiful shade and lots of small trails and pathways. Unfortunately the flying foxes have taken over the rainforest section which is blocked off and hence most of the garden is closed to the public. And - the smell is unbelievable. These animals have pretty much... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The palmetum has some history for me. I was married at the venue and it was my first visit since that eventful day. As you can imagine, it would bring back some emotion. Thankfully the establishment has changed and has evolved into a great place for coffee and food. Both the food and coffee were great. It is not fine... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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211 reviews 211 reviews
111 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

A wonderful place to have a walk for an hour, through a good variety of trees and landscapes. The rainforest section was closed, however, due to bats in the trees, which was very disappointing. However, the rest of the gardens were beautiful and well maintained. The cafe was good, with quite a few items on the menu, and reasonable prices.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The Townsville Palmetum is a fantastic public garden, dedicated to preserving and showcasing palms. I had no idea there was such a variety - with some stunningly attractive avenues and individual specimens on display here. The gardens are vast, covering some 17 hectares, with various micro-environments re-created to showcase palms from different climatic zones of the world. One of these... More 

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Hervey Bay, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

Totally dissapointed with the flying fox colony taking over this beautiful park. The park has been made inaccessible through the no doubt best part because of the colony. The trees are all dying and the smell.... Such a shame for Townsville, as this park is certainly a treasure for the locals and tourists alike. The cafe is nice but expensive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Beautiful! But half of it was closed due to the hundreds and hundreds of fruit bats, would of love to seen more!! What we did see was magic. Would recommend a visit!

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Mississauga, Canada
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49 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

17 hectares of beautifully laid out parks showing various habitats. Unfortunately the flying foxes had caused a section of the park to be closed due to overbreeding! This was compensated by meeting a kangaroo or two as they live in the park.

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