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Botanical Gardens, Cairns

(4.6/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
It makes sense to learn about tropical plants while you're in the tropics, so head to Botanical Gardens to discover the flora of the warm, wet regions of Australia and elsewhere. Discover how Aborigines use plants for food, medicine, and clothing. Check out the collection of towering bamboo, or bird-watch around the lake. Take a stroll on the Rainforest Boardwalk to transport yourself to coastal Cairns before human settlement. Make Botanical Gardens a part of your Cairns vacation plans using our Cairns trip generator.
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  • Amazing collection, very well kept. Butterflies in the conservatory were a highlight Very informative displays, interactive. Early Feb still caught some of the amazing flowers 
  • We visited the Botanic Gardens which contains different regions. Our favourite part was the bamboo grove. Also close by is the Zhanjiang Friendship Garden. A small chinese garden worth visiting. The g...  more »
  • Beautiful gardens with lots of different boardwalks to take. Immaculately maintained and rich in color and history. You can take a guided walk but we opted to just walk around ourselves. Lovely little...  more »
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  • Extreme diversity of flora from all over the world. Beautiful orchids and the like with butterflies found around the local area in santuary.walking tracks from easy to moderately hard. Lookout of cairns city and airport. Has 2 Pretty lake systems with bird and aquatic life.Also has Educational tracks,art and cafe facilities.You can spend all day walking around this garden and still not see all the plants.
  • Absolutely beautiful with a great variety of flora and fauna in different landscapes. It's fairly massive and done up in a very aesthetically pleasing way. Educational too!
  • I visited the gardens in December 2011, so i am a bit late reviewing the gardens but have been many times. The gardens then were recovering from cyclone damage but it was still a great place to visit. Being December you do need to have mosquito repellent with you but it is the tropics that's to be expected (i found the brand OFF works fine). The red and blue arrow walking tracks are great for exercising, but i found it very annoying that the people, whether it was locals or tourists were leaving their empty drink bottles behind, come on people, its not hard to remember to take them with you when you leave, really disappointing people can be so disrespectful of the environment we need to be protecting. I did find however that the café was a little over priced, no worse than mt cootha lookout in Brisbane. Gardens are kept well maintained and are a great asset to cairns, there for everyone to enjoy. Having a bus stop out the front is a bonus making it easy to visit the gardens, two thumbs up sun bus cairns. Will be back next year.
  • You'd hardly know it was there and definitely not known to many tourists but surprisingly of very high quality and very established. Well worth a couple of hours, especially if you have some time to kill before your flight as it's just near the airport.
  • A masterpiece botanical garden, if understood through an historic and biological lens. Fun events are frequent. The place is begs to be visited again and again.