Easily save a whole day to wander through the Cairns Botanical Gardens. It is one of the many FREE attractions for visitors to this region and well worth a visit. I have fond memories of visiting the gardens as a school child - Cairns North Primary (now a health centre ) many years ago and the gardens are just magnificent now. If you are a photo enthusiast you will love the abundant colour from plants, flowers, butterflies, birds and spiders. There are two cafes on site - I expected the to be expensive but was pleasantly surprised- enjoy coffee, cake or all day breakfasts - very reasonably priced. There are art galleries to explore - different hikes for all levels of fitness, the arts and concert centres - Tanks 1-5 provide an ambient theatre all types of concerts and theatre productions including an intimate outdoor amphitheatre. Explore the rainforest board walks on the other side of Collins Ave as they lead you to freshwater and saltwater habitats and to Centenary Lakes. Really there is so much to explore - I visit often - every time I discover something new.
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