Botanical Gardens, Cairns

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#2 of 22 in Parks in Cairns
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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. A visit to Botanical Gardens represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cairns trip site to plot your vacation.
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  • Clean, well maintained, informative. This experience makes future exploration of rain forests more meaningful 
    Clean, well maintained, informative. This experience makes future exploration of rain forests more meaningful  more »
  • There was so much to see and lots to explore. We are going back as there are areas we didn't get to in one day. Lovely spots to sit and very informative. 
    There was so much to see and lots to explore. We are going back as there are areas we didn't get to in one day. Lovely spots to sit and very informative.  more »
  • Beautiful tropic garden with plenty of shade for walking around. Cafe for a coffee and bite to eat. Centenary lakes adjacent and also worth having a walk around, would be even lovelier in the wet... 
    Beautiful tropic garden with plenty of shade for walking around. Cafe for a coffee and bite to eat. Centenary lakes adjacent and also worth having a walk around, would be even lovelier in the wet...  more »
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  • Best botanical gardens we've visited. The gardens are free and have a variety of themed garden area over both sides of the road. Lots of accessible paths, two cafes and gift shops. Recommend picking up a free map from either the Friends of the Botanical gardens centre or the main visitors centre. Easy access from lots of different entry points. We especially enjoyed the conservatory, Aboriginal medicine garden, and bamboo garden.
  • Easy to spend a day wandering here. It's a bit up and down but lots of seats for resting and even though it was a hot day it felt cool and shady in the gardens. The new cafe was lovely for brunch, nice gifts in the shop next door and an art exhibition. There's a bus stop right outside the main gate. Thoroughly enjoyed our long morning here. We did a "buggin" tour with Bridgette from Aussie Macro Photos and she found lots of interesting bugs and spiders for us to photograph . Well worth it.
  • Very impressive. Exceptional staff, friendly and very helpful. The gardens are very well maintained and easy to walk around with plenty of well defined paths. Lots of signs indicating plant types. Cafe is great, set in amazing location, very peaceful with lots of room. Highly recommended.
  • These gardens have a fantastic collection of tropical flora from all over the world. The best collection of Medinilla I’ve ever seen. A really relaxing place to spend a few hours or even longer. Plenty of places to enjoy a picnic or have something to eat & drink at the cafe. The conservatory was a special treat too.
  • Hired bicycles from Cairns, nice ride around the gardens and for non ride areas of the gardens they had bike racks. Very accessible gardens, well maintained. Morning visit is recommended as it gets quite hot. Look up prior to visiting as they have free guided talks.

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