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Cairns Botanic Gardens

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The Cairns Botanic Gardens are a tropical paradise where you can explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning surroundings and learn about tropical flora and horticulture. The Gardens are open from 7.30Am to 5.30Pm every day of the year...more
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64 Collins Ave, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4032 6650
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Reviewed today via mobile

Several different areas with different environments featured (salt water lake, fresh water lake, river, bamboo, garden, mangroves, etc). Great place to see lots of different plants in different conditions. Beautiful flowers, picnic areas, play areas. Not very crowded. Natural wildlife (exotic birds, mudskippers). Downside: It's...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Emily S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautifully laid out and interesting to walk round and see the habitat with the explanation. I have nothing more to say

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DavinaC-E
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful place to relax and take a stroll around. Especially good when its sunny as it's shady. Many paths to walk on. There is a cafe and a market (TANKS MARKET) every last Sunday from April to Nov. You can grab a map of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TamaraM1908
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place is magical with many tropical and temperate trees and plants . The walkways and paths treat the observer to secret little places that typify the reason this is the Gold Coast. Birds, animals, and butterflies are easy to find; so, go with the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank DocG92
Reviewed 5 days ago

Clear map to wander around the gardens from the info shop near the entrance. Beautiful tropical flowers and trees in a lovely setting. The indoor gardens were interesting with tropical plants, orchids and butterflies everywhere.The gardens on the other side were less attractive due to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nicola L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The bicycle rental shop recommended I ride here for a nice stroll. It was a nice stop on the route, not sure I would otherwise go specifically to the botanic gardens. It’s nice for a quiet stroll.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mls206
Reviewed 1 week ago

Value is great! Walk in for free and wander and enjoy. Even the Butterfly house is free, (although it does have a voluntary donation box). Great rain forest and tropical plants. Nice Chinese garden.

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

The botanic gardens are a credit to the people work look after it. Well maintained, great species. I am taking knowledge away with me to use in my garden.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Exolvo8
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved walking around this Botanic Garden. There are several well cared for hiking and walking trails. We did one of the hikes and then explored the gardens. There is also an nice cafe there. It was an easy bus ride from downtown.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TheTwinsMom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love the exotic, particularly carnivorous plants, then the gardens have a lot to offer. Spend s couple of hours here exploring the many lush paths.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lynwenm
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8 October 2017|
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Response from Tallroundeyes | Reviewed this property |
You can ride to it, & walk up the red arrow (hill) but not in the actual gardens.
19 March 2017|
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Response from EsplanadeLagoon | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your question.There is one wheelchair available for free loan at the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre. If you would like to contact us in advance we can make sure it's available for you on the day... More
24 October 2016|
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Response from CairnsScotty | Reviewed this property |
Hello Deninu Half a day spent at the Botanic Gardens and adjoining Centenary Lakes is ideal. Visit the Orchid House with the butterflies, and cross Collins Avenue to walk along the boardwalk to the Centenary Lakes with the... More