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.


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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