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“A living treasure” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cairns Botanical Gardens

Cairns Botanical Gardens
1 Collins Ave, Queensland 4870, Australia
(07) 4044 3398
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Cairns, Australia
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“A living treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
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“Simply wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This was a great experience.We caught bus 131 from Bus Stop B in Lake St, Cairns, which only cost $2.70 and took us to the entry of the Botanic Gardens in about 20 minutes. The Botanic Gardens were a tropical wonderland - fascinating and beautiful. We then did the red arrow walk in the Mt Whitfield Conservation Reserve just adjacent to the Gardens - about an hour's great walking through the forest (be aware you need to be reasonably fit, as there are quite a lot of steps). (The more energetic have the option of doing the blue arrow walk also; this is a 5 hour return walk, which I'd love to do at some future time.) Be sure to take water, sunblock/hat, and possibly insect repellent (though we didn't have any problems with bugs).
We then wandered around the Centeneray Lakes, which can be accessed just across the road from the Botanic Gardens.
You can also visit the Tanks Art Centre next to the Gardens: there was an interesting art exhibition free to visit in one of the Tanks.
Food and drink was available in the Visitors' Centre, and the whole visit was really enjoyable - everything was clearly signposted.
Highly recommended.

Visited November 2012
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“Would have to be in the Top 5 Tropical Gardens in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

This is a do not miss place to visit in Cairns. The gardens are just spectacular, especially in Spring with so many in flower. The range of gingers, bromeliads and palms are just amazing. It is so tranquil and green wandering through the gardens. Don't forget to look up at the towering trees that are also spectacular as are the butterflies that you glimpse amongst the foliage.
Get a map or you might just miss something special. Also don't forget to cross the road and do the rainforest boardwalk across to Centenary Lakes.

Visited October 2012
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“Absolute delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

A short bus trip from Cairns city centre delivers you to the entrance of the gardens.Through the entrance turn left to the outdoor cafe where the food is excellent ,the best iced coffee around.
Continuing to the left along the meandering pathways you will be surrounded by trpical plants and rain forrest trees many with magnificent flowers .Watch your step you may encounter small lizards and various insects on the path.A large variety of birds can be heard singing in the tree tops.There are shady areas of lawn to sit in the cool and watch the world go by.The visitor centre is also worth a stop and there is a cafe and souvenir shop.Across the road there is a boardwalk going down to the lakes lots of friendly and not so friendly wildlife to be seen so be carefull.
This attraction is well worth the visit particularly if you are into plants and flowers.

Visited September 2012
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“Pleasant gardens, near the airport”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is a pleasant botanical garden with a nice selection of Australian flora. While it's not the same a going to the actual habitats where the various species grow (some of which are nearby), it is a very worthwhile place to spend an couple of peaceful hours.

Visited July 2012
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