Tree database

About TreePlotter

TreePlotter is a tree database used by Council to map and monitor the street trees and park trees in our region. You can use the database to find a tree, learn its species name, find out what animals and birds call the tree home and other details.

Help map the region's 500,000+ trees

With an estimated 500,000+ trees in the Cairns region's parks and streets, mapping them all is a big job. Council’s arborists, contractors and volunteers have plotted more than 30,000 trees already. We have opened TreePlotter up to our citizen scientists so everyone can contribute. Anyone can add a favourite tree or new planting to the database.

You will need to register to add trees to the database. To register, you must create a username and type in your email address. No password is needed, but you will need to make a note of your username.

Help and how to guides

How to register and sign in to TreePlotter

Step 1.

Scroll down on the TreePlotter home screen until you see the numbers 1-4. Click on number 1.

Step 2.

There are two options when creating an account. You can use your Google account to sign in. (Just click the Google button)

Or you can create an account by typing in your email address and creating a username. You do not need a password. Choose a username that is easy for you to remember but does not identify you to others. Confirm that you are not a robot too.

Step 3.

Now you can add trees!

How to add a tree in TreePlotter

Step 1.

You must be signed into your account to add a tree.

Scroll down on the home page to 'ADD TREES'.

Step 2.

Let TreePlotter know the name of the tree you are plotting. You can use its common name or its species name. If you don't know the name, try putting a few features into a search engine.

For example, an image search using the terms 'fluffy pink tree flowers' will tell you you are looking at a Persian Silk Tree


Step 3.

Move your cursor to mark the tree's location on the map. Click the mouse to plot the tree, then you are 'DONE PLOTTING'.

Step 4.

Add in as much detail as you can about the tree.

You can upload photos too.

You don't need to save your work because the program saves it for you automatically.

Step 5.

Admire your handiwork. Your tree will appear on the map as a triangle. Council officers will be notified that another tree has been mapped. Once Council staff have verified the details of the tree, it will display as a circle and form a permanent part of Council's record.

Find out about fungi too

Fungi and fungal disease can be a problem for our region's trees. Included in the TreePlotter database is a fungi layer, accessible in the Legend (Select “Layer”, then “Fungi”). The Fungi layer is intended for the recording of fungi found on or near trees but not exclusively so it is not an identification key. It is a tool by which fungi and its features can be recorded in its location, to aid in their identification, by mycological experts.


Data in TreePlotter is continually being updated and improved from old sources. We welcome suggestions. Registered citizen scientists can propose corrections to existing data. All updates and additions will have to be verified by relevant specialist. Cairns Regional Council assumes no liability for errors or omissions. Users relying on this information do so at their own risk.

Last updated: 17 November 2020