The Cairns Botanic Gardens are renowned for having one of the best tropical plant exhibitions in Australia.
The earliest record of the Cairns Botanic Gardens dates back to 1876 when the then Council designated approximately 71 acres for a recreational reserve. The location was gazetted as north-west of Cairns and approximately three miles (five kilometres) from the town centre.Today it has blossomed into several botanic spaces used for demonstrating the diverse plant life that can be found within a tropical climate and provides visitors with a taste of the wet tropics.
The Cairns Botanic Gardens include:
- Flecker Garden
- Centenary Lakes - Saltwater and Freshwater
- The Rainforest Boardwalk
- Mount Whitfield Conservation Park
- The Gondwanan Heritage Garden
- Watkins Munro Martin Conservatory
Location and opening hours
Cairns Botanic Gardens can be found on Collins Ave, Edge Hill and can be accessed by public transport from the city (Sunbus) or by car (ample street parking available), by bicycle or on foot. Entry is free and the Gardens are open from 7.30am to 5.30pm every day of the year.
The Visitor Centre is open from 8:30am to 4.00pm week days and 8:30am to 1:00pm weekends. It is closed from midday Christmas Eve, all day Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and until midday Anzac Day.
- Map of Cairns Botanic Gardens ( PDF, 3.42 MB )
- Map of Flecker Gardens ( PDF, 2.08 MB )
- Map of Centenary Lakes ( PDF, 3.42 MB )
- Map of Gondwanan Heritage Garden ( PDF, 1.04 MB )
- Map of Rainforest Boardwalk ( PDF, 1.21 MB )
- Map of Mangrove Boardwalk ( PDF, 3.1 MB )
- Audio tour covering Rainforest Boardwalk, Freshwater Lake and Saltwater Lake ( PDF, 1.21 MB )
- Wheelchair access map ( PDF, 3.57 MB )