Cairns Botanical Gardens
Cairns Botanical Gardens
4.5
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Pat M
Brisbane, Australia57 contributions
If you're a plant lover then you'll enjoy a trip to these gardens. They are easily reached by hopping on the number 131 local bus which stops right at the entrance. There are plenty of different areas to check out but we particularly enjoyed the Conservatory. In the Flecker Garden there are quite a few unusual and interesting trees and there is a free guided tour weekdays. You can also access a number of hiking trails from the gardens up to Mt Whitfield to various Lookouts with fantastic views over Cairns. There is plenty of information and maps available from the Visitor Centre where the staff is very helpful. Of course you'll need some food and drink after all your walking and there are 2 cafes on site. We ate at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant situated in the Flecker Garden area and found it very tasty. Don't expect to see large areas of formal flower gardens here but enjoy the tropical experience.
Written June 25, 2021
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Ginarose
6 contributions
I visited the Botanical Gardens from about 3pm - 5pm. They are beautiful and it is really worth going slow and stopping to take it all in at different points. There is an absolutely huge Raintree tree that is incredible, I also spotted a Papuan Frogmouth (Owl) sitting very still and well camouflaged on a tree limb. Perhaps it was the time of day I visited, but it was not at all serene. There seemed to be two busy roads bordering the park and there was no escape from road noise. Also, it’s easy to get lost. One woman told me she was lost, and I also happened to be lost. Then the woman asked a couple for directions, but they were also lost. It would be helpful if there was signs around the park pointing to the entrance gate and indicating direction. There was also a lack of signs on trees telling what species they are. The boardwalk outside of the gardens is lovely, quiet and you get a real sense of being in the bush. There are also several walks up tracks adjacent to the gardens.
Written July 28, 2020
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The Travelling Tonky
Williamstown, Australia282 contributions
Family
Loved walking around the gardens. Nice easy tracks to walk around and were surrounded by beautiful tropical plants. We visited the visitor centre and had some drinks in the cafe. Also ventured across the road and walked around the boardwalks, was very pretty... If your a green thumb or love tropical plants the Botanical Gardens are s must visit. Free to get in but the Cafe will grab your money, quite pricey....
Written June 1, 2021
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Danni
6 contributions
Drive to and from central business district on highway is confusing as entrance and car parks are not clearly marked. Wrong turn will take you to 2 kilometres of no turn to airport. Inside, there are flora that is neglected and not watered properly.
Written March 28, 2021
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simply-peregrinating
Waddington, UK2,757 contributions
Overall we had a good time at the gardens, although they were not stand out like Adelaide or Perth. The main gardens were probably our least favourite part . What we did like was the Botanic Gardens conservatory with the beautiful butterflies, pitcher plants and beautiful flowers. We also liked the rainforest boardwalks to the lakes and Chinese pagoda. Plenty of information boards and good signage, well maintained throughout.
Written October 13, 2020
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Saera
Bendigo, Australia35 contributions
we attended the free information session tour. It was a great small group, led by a wonderful guide. It was interactive, informative and a wonderful way to spend the morning. A thanks to the other attendees, who added their wonderful knowledge and spirit to the tour.
Written September 4, 2021
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Cosmas H
Brisbane, Australia17 contributions
Couples
Lots of old large trees and types. Even the giant and king ferns can be found here. Well worth the visit. Spare 3-4 hours for the full experience. I was surprise that it’s larger and have a lot more varieties of plants than Brisbane.
Written November 27, 2021
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MrGreening
melbourne32 contributions
Family
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.
Written September 30, 2012
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Annette122
Sydney, Australia43 contributions
This park is a Tropical Rain-Forest right smack bang in Cairns. Public transport will take you the park gates. There are very easy walking, bicycle and hiking paths & trails, picnic, BBQ & Playground facilities, public toilets with disabled facilities, Information & gift shop, Arts centre and cafe. Thousands of exotic tropical flowering plants, lily ponds, butterflies and birds of every colour and description can be easily photographed here. Tree frogs, lizards, snakes and salt water crocodiles can also be seen. There are many places to visit in here. Centenary Lakes & Rain Forest Boardwalk, Gondwanan Heritage Garden, The Lowland Swamp Forest, Rain Forest Boardwalk, Freshwater Lake, Melaleuca Wetlands, Bamboo Forest and of course Saltwater Lake. Visitors are well advised to heed the warning signs at all times, as crocodiles bigger than 2 meters regularly cross through the swamps and wetlands. So be careful and enjoy this amazing place.
Written November 1, 2011
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rjoiner
Melbourne, Australia152 contributions
Solo
I thought I'd do my morning walk around the botanic gardens and I'm absolutely blown away by how stunning they are. The usual various segments are an easy walk and so well maintained. The fresh air is amazing. Butterflies everywhere. I'm in heaven. Wish this was my garden as I'd be able to enjoy it everyday. Great place to bring a picnic rug and book and just relax. What a credit to Cairns!
Written November 19, 2019
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