Cairns Botanic Gardens

The Cairns Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise, renowned as one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Come and explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning surroundings and learn about tropical flora and horticulture.

COVID-19 update

Following the relaxation of social distancing rules the majority of the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct is open for use, including the conservatory and Nature Play area.

Events and tours are suspended and the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre remains closed.

As at 15 May, Council has reopened limited public space bookings in accordance with Stage 1 of the Queensland Government's road map for easing COVID-19 restrictions.  Refer to the Functions page for more information.

Please note: Important dates for start of 2018 activities

  • Gardener’s first trolley sale for 2018 will be Wednesday 7 February.
  • Friends’ Shop re-opens Monday 8 January. From 8 Jan to 5 Feb 2018, the Shop will open mornings only.
  • Guided walks: Walks will recommence on Monday 26 February 2018.

Opening hours

  • Flecker Gardens, including Watkins Munro Martin Conservatory, open every day from 7.30am to 5.30pm (subject to weather conditions).
  • All other garden areas are open around the clock.
  • Visitor Centre open 8:30am to 4pm weekdays, 8:30am to 1pm weekends and public holidays, closed Christmas Day.
  • Dogs are not allowed in any part of the Cairns Botanic Gardens.
  • Phone 4032 6650 for enquiries
  • Admission is FREE


Collins Avenue, Edge Hill.  The Freshwater and Saltwater Lakes can be easily accessed from Greenslopes Street.

  • On-street parking available along Collins Avenue and Greenslopes Street.
  • Sunbus stops on Collins Avenue directly outside Flecker Gardens.
  • Wheelchair / pram access: some paths in Flecker Garden are not suitable for wheelchairs and prams. The remainder of the gardens, including Centenary Lakes, is fully accessible.  Download the accessibility map ( PDF, 3.57 MB ) or view the accessibility map on-screen ( JPG, 0.94 MB ) to identify areas where carer assist is required and areas that are not accessible.

Discover the Gardens

From the Aboriginal Plant Use Garden to the Zhanjiang Friendship Garden, there's so much to explore in the Cairns Botanic Gardens. One visit is just not enough! ... Read more

Tours & walks

Learn more about the Gardens on a guided tour, bird watching walk, audio or virtual tours, and explore the outdoors on our popular Arrow trails. Read more

What's On

There's always something to do at the Cairns Botanic Gardens. View our upcoming workshops, talks, classes, exhibitions and other events. Read more


The Cairns Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to hold your next family function or corporate event. Read more

Little Taccas

Fortnightly, nature-based activity program for children under five. Features art and craft, storytelling, sing-alongs and garden discovery walks. Read more


Read about the Friends of the Botanic Gardens, plant library, birds of the gardens, plant identification tools and the Tanks Arts Centre. Read more

Birds of the Gardens

Come for the flowers, stay for the birds!  The Cairns Botanic Gardens is known for its gorgeous plants but beautiful birds also abound here. Read more

Volunteer at the Gardens

If you enjoy working outside in nature, we have regular volunteer opportunities to suit all talents, interests and age groups. Get involved to share knowledge, learn new skills and make friends! Read more


Extend your visit to the Gardens with a coffee or meal at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant Cafe and TANK sixty four. Read more
Last updated: 21 May 2020