Cooktown Botanical Gardens
Cooktown Botanical Gardens
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Tam
Townsville, Australia22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
This review is for the cafe at the gardens. The staff are very unfriendly. When ordering my meal I asked if I could have a take away coffee instead of in a mug I was snapped at and told this will be an extra 50 cents the woman serving didn’t even look up at me when ordering. No seats to sit to eat and when the meal was ready I collected it and awaited my coffee I had ordered with the meal and asked about it the woman stated that she had bussed ages ago I replied that the buzzer was handed in when I got my meal she reluctantly made another for me.
Terrible customer service wouldn’t recommend eating here. The gardens are stunning so save yourself the grief and eat elsewhere and come and enjoy the gardens.
Written August 24, 2022
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twyfordjones
Mooloolaba, Australia245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Lovely gardens, easy to walk around, about 1 hour to wander around the gardens. Lovely gallery and display. Interesting history. Very good cafe with homemade cakes, meals etc. Coffee very good. Staff very friendly and knowledgable. Good pleace to buy gifts.
Written June 4, 2021
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_jennys3489
Melbourne, Australia364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Wonderful green and cool gardens , lots of history worth reading , lovely cafe . Say walk around with lots of information. Wonderful trees plants and flowers . Worth a visit if your interested in gardens
Written May 18, 2022
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Stephen O
116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Cooktown has some amazing views to see, great walks to undertake and lovely people to meet - top of my things to do list would be the Botanical Gardens. Beautifully look after with an amazing rang of plants and wild life to review. At the heart of the gardens is a really lovely Art Gallery (full of beautiful art work carried out by local artists) and a Fabbie Cafe, I'd highly recommend the balcony over looking the gardens - a top spot to enjoy coffee, tea, breaks, lunch and so much more.
On my visit I had the pleasure of meeting Amy, I heard her on the phone before she introduced herself, helping a visiter to the area - I was truly impressed. Great smile and very welcoming, proud of her work place and a great representative of Cooktown people. Thank you Honey for you support and great work.
Written September 18, 2019
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,551 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Cooktown is a splendidly romantic and isolated town, and the Botanic Gardens is one of its must-see attractions. Revived in 1985 after many decades of neglect, it is now a beautifully maintained tropical garden with a palmetum, orchidarium, cut flower garden and beautiful tropical hardwoods. From the back gate, you can continue onwards to Finch Bay, which is an isolated beach on the Coral Sea. Entrance is free.
Written July 2, 2021
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paulabrown123014
Caister-on-Sea, UK75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
Buy a book on trees in the shop and enjoy identifying them as you walk round. Fascinating display of trees and flora, but bit too hot for me to stay longer than 2 hours
Written December 9, 2016
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Steve P
Redcliffe, Australia1,237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I have been lucky enough to visit Botanical Gardens all over the world. This one is not world-class, but it is very peaceful and rewarding. It gives a good presentation of Tropical Queensland's trees and shrubs and is worth taking the walk from town.
Written August 23, 2020
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confusedAussie
Aussie275 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We did a small wander. Inyeresting to see trees species supposedly found by Banks. Lots seemed to be closed off. Couldnt get to tracks for Finch bay etc
Written August 7, 2020
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KiddHouse
Brisbane, Australia1,622 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Beautiful gardens sparsely laid out all over the grounds. Mostly flat ground which makes walking easy for all ages.

SEATING & PATHWAYS
Carved timber polished seats are conveniently located all over the gardens. Nicely positioned in most cases in the shade.

Pathways are easy to walk on asks quite flat. You could push a wheelchair with some difficulty, but not impossible.

GARDENS
From orchid gardens, to nurseries, ponds and little wooden bridges leading from one area to another. Not as well planned out out, nor as formal as the Mount Cootha Botanical Gardens, but still enjoyable.

WALK TRACKS
800 meters to Finch Bay and over 1 km to Cherry Tree Bay.
(Tip) Slip, slop slap a must along with sensible shoes.
Written July 10, 2019
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car0leb66
Brisbane, Australia245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
The Cooktown Botanical Gardens are one of Australia's oldest (1878). The tropical garden includes the historic Solander garden with living specimens of the over 300 plants collected by Sir Joseph Banks and Dr Daniel Solander on the Cook expedition, while Cook was repairing his ship on the Endeavour River over 7 weeks June-August 1770. It is an amazing story which could have ended in disaster.
Within the garden is Nature's Powerhouse, which includes a superb verandah café with fresh, local and delicious food, an interpretative centre, bookshop and art gallery. Vera Scarth-Johnson (1912-1999) was a botanical collector and artist in the Cooktown area who gave her collection to the people of Cooktown in 1990. A gallery was built to house her paintings and preserve them in a controlled environment. I was in awe to see history come alive with the paintings from Banks Florilegium (he collected, others painted) of the C18th and Vera's paintings of the same plant side by side. It gave me a real sense of history, discovery and achievement. Banks and Solander took advice from the local indigenous people which is also significant. Vera's
Written September 13, 2017
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