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“Solitude in the midst of a city”

Cairns Botanical Gardens
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Owner description: Tropical Gardens
Reviewed November 29, 2013

This botanical garden is amazing. One can walk on the paths and not see a soul. You almost feel as if you're lost in the jungle. I saw plants that looked familiar, i.e. philodendron (considered a weedy pest). But it wasn't like the small plant in my kitchen. Oh, no, this thing has leaves a foot across and was flowering! I learned that there are many different palms, and I could see how a variety could enable one to create anything from a soup spoon to an outrigger canoe with palms. There's some palms that most definitely make you unwelcome...we saw two species that had thorns every where. I felt them, gingerly. The thorns felt like the teeth on a plastic comb...but had vicious points. I also discovered the "Wait-a-While" palm (Calamus muelleri). This lovely tree drops a vine from mid rib that has backward pointing hooks all along it. One man told us he attempted to go through the Mossman Gorge jungle and was so badly caught up in the wait-a-while that he had to call for help! And yet this palm gives us so much-one can eat the nuts, and it is the source for rattan-that immensely useful material that one can wear, sit on, and fan oneself!
The staff is friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, and glad to stop and answer your questions.
I've attached a picture of an enormous clump of bamboo. I had no idea it got so tall.
Don't miss the botanical garden. Even if you're not a botanist or a plant freak, you'll learn a lot and truly enjoy it.

Thank SeattleMeadowlark
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We had heard and read about the amazing rare tropical plants that are unique to this beautiful region and thought that this would be the perfect place to view a garden in all it's glory.

We were not disappointed. The cleverly placed erray of plants, discreetly organized and displayed in the their indigenous groupings would impress even the least interested plant lover.
The easy access around the different regions of the park made it safe and user friendly, also providing an interesting lesson in our history with its well researched information readily displayed.
If you would like to top it off with refreshments, a lovely bush cafe is located amongst the foliage, serving a good selection of food and beverages.
There is also an information centre within the grounds and parking is close by with free entry.
Would allow at least 2 hours.
Highly recommended!

Thank Lesley L
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

This was my 3rd time visiting the gardens as they are a must do every time we visit Palm Cove. The beautiful tropical flowers and foliage are stunning, and the cafe makes a great place for lunch or a snack.

Thank Svetlana P
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Great walk from cairns central not a lot of information if we had not been told about the gardens we would have missed at that would have been a shame information places should advertise free places as well

Thank Margaret J
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Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

We walked from the esplanade in cairns, it's a full day out so get your picnic, slap on the suncream and do some exploring!! Really enjoyable, cheap day out!

Thank laura_dawn4
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