Cairns Botanical Gardens: Tropical Paradise in Australia’s North
Cairns Botanical Gardens is a tropical haven celebrated as one of Australia’s premier showcases of tropical plant diversity. Nestled in the heart of Cairns, it offers a captivating experience for nature enthusiasts, providing a serene environment to immerse yourself in tropical flora and horticulture.
- Flecker Gardens, along with the Watkins Munro Martin Conservatory, welcomes visitors daily from 7.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., weather permitting.
- All other areas within the gardens are accessible 24/7.
- The Visitor Centre extends a warm welcome from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends and public holidays, except Christmas Day.
While the Cairns Botanic Gardens is a haven for plant enthusiasts, pets, except for registered assistance animals, are not permitted within the premises. If you have a legitimate assistance animal, kindly carry appropriate documentation to validate their status.
The best part is that admission to this tropical paradise is free, making it an accessible and delightful experience for everyone.
You’ll find this botanical gem on Collins Avenue in Edge Hill. Conveniently, the Freshwater and Saltwater Lakes can be easily accessed from Greenslopes Street. On-street parking is available along Collins Avenue and Greenslopes Street, ensuring a hassle-free visit.
For those with mobility needs, please be aware that some paths in Flecker Garden may not be suitable for wheelchairs and prams. However, most gardens, including Centenary Lakes, are fully accessible.
Join in on one of the garden’s guided walks and discover the fantastic variety of animals, birds, and reptiles that have made the gardens their home.
Botanic Gardens Restaurant and Cafe
Relax and catch up with friends at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant and Cafe inside the gardens. The Botanic Gardens Restaurant and Cafe feature a delicious menu. While you are there, choose the famous Eggs Benedict or delicious waffles.
Open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Library and Friends House
The Friends of the Botanic Gardens run the Botanic Garden Library, opposite the Botanic Gardens Restaurant and Cafe.
The Cairns Botanical Gardens provide a beautiful location for weddings and corporate events.
Several times of the year, the Friends of the Gardens host a Starry Night Cinema experience featuring family favourites, new releases, and old favourites.
The Botanical Gardens hosts a plant sale throughout the year featuring hard-to-find tropical plants. Gardeners, add this to your calendar and don’t miss this event.
- Pre-Easter is always on the Sunday before Easter on the lawn in front of the conservatory.
- Father’s Day: Carnival on Collins, first Sunday in September
- The Christmas Plant Sale is held on the first Sunday in December on the lawn in front of the conservatory.
Nearby, you will find the Cairns Nature Playground and access to Cairns walking tracks on the Red, Blue, and Green Arrows.
Q. What are the opening hours of Cairns Botanic Gardens?
Q. Is there an admission fee to enter Cairns Botanic Gardens?
Q. Are pets allowed in the gardens?
Q. How can I reach Cairns Botanic Gardens?
Q. Is the Cairns Botanic Gardens wheelchair and pram accessible?
Q. Are there guided tours available?
Q. Can I have a picnic in the gardens?
Q. Are there any special events or exhibitions held at the gardens?
Q. What is the contact number for enquiries?
Q. Is the Visitor Centre open on weekends and public holidays?
Hop onboard Sunbus 131 to visit the Cairns Botanical Gardens.
For self-drivers, parking is available nearby on Collins Avenue and Greenslopes Street.
Walking from the Cairns Tourist Information Centre on Abbott Street in Cairns city is four kilometres to the Cairns Botanical Gardens.