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Cairns Botanic Gardens

Cairns Botanic Gardens ticks all the boxes for a wonderful day out if you are looking for to things to do in Cairns. Better yet, admission is free, so if you’re also looking for things to do in Cairns with kids you don’t have to spend a dime.

things to do in cairns - cairns botanic gardens - 3Renowned for its reputation as having a superior exhibition of tropical plants, Cairns Botanic Gardens is comprised of beautiful lakes and ponds, boardwalks, walking tracks and several gardens that are sure to please even the fussiest of amateur botanists living in Cairns, or visiting Cairns. The walking tracks in particular are a great way to get around the park, with some lasting hours. You can join the free guided walks which operate Monday – Friday at 10:00 am.

things to do in cairns - cairns botanic gardens - 5If you haven’t packed lunch you can grab a bite to eat at the cafe / restaurant which is located at Flecker Garden, or if you feel like a bit of education, check out the interactive displays at the Visitors Centre or the Aboriginal Plant Use Gardens.

Cairns Botanic Gardens is located in the heart of Cairns town at 64 Collins Avenue, so if you’re in town it’s only a short walk. Bus services also make runs that drop you off right outside. The gardens are also available for wedding and venue hire, of which you can make enquiries through the Visitor Information Centre on 07 4032 6650 or email

things to do in cairns - cairns botanic gardens - 6Cairns Botanic Gardens is open every day of the year between the hours of 7.30 am – 5.30 pm.

If you’re keen to have a look before you go, you can get a virtual tour HERE and a map of the park HERE.

There are a few tips that you should know that will make your visit that much more enjoyable, of which are the following…

1. Just remember to take some bug repellent as you may come across some mosquitoes on a damp or humid day.

2. Make sure you have water, the last thing you want is to get dehydrated.

3. Some walking tracks can be steep, so pick the ones best suited for you.

4. If you don’t mind the rain, the rainforest walks are spectacular with a bit of a downpour.

So, as one of the most visually beautiful things to do in Cairns, be sure to check it out. Beautiful gardens, relaxing atmosphere and one of the better things to do in Cairns for free, especially as something to do in Cairns with kids. Enjoy!


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  1. Pingback: Do Some ‘Reflecting’ at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre… | The PractitioNERD

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