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Apply to join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens Cairns Inc. and become part of the Gardens community, enjoy the benefits, meet new friends, get involved and have the satisfaction of helping to connect people with plants.

Monthly Meetings
We meet on the second Wednesday evening of every month and these feature speakers in a diverse range of areas as well as the opportunity to socialise over supper with other Friends.

Special Events
We encourage members to be active in the various events we organise, such as previews and openings, the Starry Night Cinema, musical events such Jazz Under the Stars, garden tea parties and the annual Christmas Party. Field trips are planned several times a year to allow Friends to visit special gardens or other site of botanical interest.

Information Sessions
Monthly Walk & Talks with guest speakers are held every third Saturday at 9.30 am in the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.

Flecker Library
This is an amazing resource with an extensive collection of reference books focused on tropical flora, also incorporating natural history, aboriginal plant use, garden design, entomology and much more. Available for members use during Friends House Shop hours. (Mon-Fri 9.30 am - 3.30 pm)

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About Friends of Botanic Gardens Cairns

The Cairns Botanic Gardens

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.

Flecker Garden

Flecker Garden epitomises the diversity of tropical flora that can be found across the world's tropical regions including plants from the steamy jungles of South East Asia, South America, Africa and of course Far North Queensland.

Situated on Collins Avenue, the Garden is home to a broad range of plants ranging from shade giving trees and palms, exquisite orchids, bromeliads and ferns through to the bizarre beauty of insect eating pitcher plants.

Once inside the Garden, visitors feel they have been transported to the Daintree, with the Garden's signature trees creating a green canopy guarding the plant collection that is interspersed with flowing paths and waterways winding their way through the leafy undergrowth.

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.

Botanic Gardens Shop

The Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre gift shop carries an exclusive range of locally created pieces ranging from children's stories to glass frog jewelry, teas and soaps.

It features a wide range of quality, locally created items, perfect as a gift or a memento of your visit.

Many of the items have been made exclusively for the gift shop, making it a must visit locale when searching for a present or collectible that stands out from the crowd.

You can read more about the items on sale and their creators at our Facebook page

Opening hours:The shop is open on weekdays from 8.30am until 4:00pm. and on weekends from 8:30 until 1:00pm.

Please note the Visitor Centre will be closed from midday Christmas Eve, all day Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Monday and Anzac Day.


News By Friends of Botanic Gardens Cairns

BRETT WHITELEY SPECIAL EXHIBITION EVENT

BRETT WHITELEY SPECIAL EXHIBITION EVENT

By Friends of Botanic Gardens Cairns

21 Apr 2017

To celebrate artist Brett Whiteley's upcoming exhibition, 'Other Places (Somewhere Else)', the Cairns Art Gallery is presenting three special events that will give a rare insight into the stories behind the works created during Brett & Wendy's many travels.

We are proud to host one a special 'In Conversation' event here at the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre on Wednesday 26 April from 5:30 - 6:30pm.

Essentially a talk between Wendy and Janet, guests will hear about Wendy's life with Brett and there will be an opportunity for book signings.

For more than twenty years, Wendy Whiteley worked to create a huge public garden at the foot of her harbourside home in Lavender Bay, Sydney.

The story behind the garden, and the events in Wendy’s life that led to its creation, are beautifully portrayed by award winning journalist Janet Hawley in the book, Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden.

WEDNESDAY, 26 APR 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
COST: $10.00 MEMBERS | $15.00 NON-MEMBERS
VENUE: BOTANICAL GARDENS VISITORS CENTRE
TO BOOK FOLLOW THIS LINK: http://bit.ly/2o5RMLH

Friends of Botanic Gardens Cairns Reviews

RG

1 Robert Green

I visited the gardens in December 2011, so i am a bit late reviewing the gardens but have been many times. The gardens then were recovering from cyclone damage but it was still a great place to visit. Being December you do need to have mosquito repellent with you but it is the tropics that's to be expected (i found the brand OFF works fine). The red and blue arrow walking tracks are great for exercising, but i found it very annoying that the people, whether it was locals or tourists were leaving their empty drink bottles behind, come on people, its not hard to remember to take them with you when you leave, really disappointing people can be so disrespectful of the environment we need to be protecting. I did find however that the café was a little over priced, no worse than mt cootha lookout in Brisbane. Gardens are kept well maintained and are a great asset to cairns, there for everyone to enjoy. Having a bus stop out the front is a bonus making it easy to visit the gardens, two thumbs up sun bus cairns. Will be back next year.

MH

0 Main Hernández

Beautiful place to visit!!! You can even have a picnic here and walk as much as you want. It is for free!!!

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How to get to Friends of Botanic Gardens Cairns

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.


Direct Contact Info

Hours: 7.30am to 5.30pm every day of the year and entry is free

Address:
Collins St
Edge Hill
Cairns
Queensland 4870
Australia


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Since their establishment in 1989, the Friends have raised several hundred thousand dollars to enhance the Cairns Botanic Gardens through projects, purchases and donations.
Nestled at the foot of Mount Whitfield, the Cairns Botanic Gardens are the perfect place to hold your next family function or corporate event.
The FOBG Annual General Meeting was held on 9th March when Val Schier was elected President.

SBC16 is an inaugural event; a partnership between the Saltwater Creek Basketry Group and Friends of the Botanic Gardens. It explores the theme “Life’s Journey” and brings art to the beautiful Botanic Gardens precinct. The Art Trail takes visitors to unk...

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