Palmetum Tours

There are few items that define the tropics more than a rustling palm tree, and at Townsville’s lush, palm-strewn Palmetum, visitors will find a different palm species for every day of the year. This botanical garden has 360 different species of palms—enough to account for 15% of palm species known to man. Thanks to Townsville’s tropical climate—where nearly 75% of annual rainfall occurs in a span of two months—the sunshine, heat, and copious moisture allows for a set of microclimates that’s perfect for growing palms. When wandering the 42 acres of trails, visitors will pass beneath 60 species of native Australian palms, as well as those from Madagascar, Sri Lanka, India, and the Seychelles. In addition to the stunning diversity of palms, the Palmetum is known for its fascinating collection of rare and exotic species. It’s widely regarded as one of the world’s premiere collection of palms, and once you’ve finished wandering through the Savannah, rainforest, and lagoon, relax with a tea and homemade sweets at historic Tumbetin Lodge.

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The Palmetum gardens are open daily from sunrise until sunset, and are located in Annandale, approximately 7 miles southwest of Townsville.  Admission is free, and Tumbetin Lodge is open 7 days per week, from 9:30am-3:30pm.
Address: 565 University Road, Annandale, Queensland 4814, Australia
Hours: Open daily from sunrise until sunset
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Townsville and the Australian Army: Walking History Tour with Optional City Sightseeing

Uncover the secrets of Townsville's fascinating military history on this 4-hour walking tour led by a former Australian Army soldier. Visit key sites like Kissing Point Fort, Black Hawk Memorial and Lavarack Barracks, then explore the exhibitions at either the Royal Australian Air Force Museum or the Army Museum of North Queensland. This small-group tour has a maximum of 12 participants to ensure a personalized experience and includes hotel pick-up and morning tea. Alternatively, upgrade to a full-day tour and add on a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour of Townsville with lunch.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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