Flecker Botanic Gardens is a wonderful showcase of tropical botany. The broader precinct taking in Centenary Lakes (both freshwater and saltwater) includes a playground, electric barbecues and under-cover picnic shelters for the family to enjoy.
This park is closed between 5:30 in the afternoon until 7:30 the next morning.
History behind the name
Named for Cairns resident, Dr Hugo Flecker (1884-1957), radiologist and internationally renowned naturalist. He arrived in Cairns in 1932 and was the foundation member of the North Queensland Naturalist’s club, which he established in 1932 and was president from 1932-1946.
His name is also commemorated in the naming of six plants and two animals including the marine stinger Chironex Fleckeri. In 1957 the Royal Geographical Society (Queensland Branch) awarded him the Thompson Foundation Memorial Medal, its highest distinction.