Travelers in search of a tropical paradise need look no further than Cairns Botanic Gardens. This horticultural wonderland is home to more than 4,000 different species of flora from around the world. Clearly printed labels and informational brochures make it easy for every visitor to become an expert.
The lush grounds of this popular destination are ripe with thick ferns and brilliant foliage. Mile-high palms and towering shade trees cast cooling shadows across the lawn, perfect for escaping the midday sun, and the area’s peaceful landscape and quiet surroundings draw bikers, joggers and walkers. Indigenous-birding tours and an extensive orchid collection, as well as exhibition halls filled with exotic plants, are well worth the price of admission—free!
The Botanic Gardens are located on Collins Avenue between McCormack Street and MacDonnell Street, about four kilometers from the center of Cairns. Entry to the gardens is free. They are open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every day, and the Visitor Information Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Between May and November, outdoor films are shown in the gardens during the fourth Wednesday of every month.