Flecker Botanical Gardens, Cairns
Another nice thing to do in Cairns is to visit the Botanical Gardens. Only 4k out of town and you can get there by bus. Check out the site below for details.
There is also a lovely café to sit down and enjoy a refreshing ale or coffee and really scrumptious food.
More photos on my travelogue below.
Flecker section is the formal section of the Cairns Botanical Gardens. It covers about 2.5 ha. and is bounded by McCormack Street Goodwin Street. In this section thre are many native as well as exotic tropical plants including Palms, Gingers, Heliconias, Bamboos, Fruit bearing trees, Shrubs, Vines etc. There is an Orchid House and Fernary and an interpreted display of plants used by native Aboriginal people.
There is a Visitor Centre engaged in display and interpretation of flora of the garden. Also, there is a gift shop full of local handicrafts & other products. There is a “Friends of Garden” community which support the public awareness of the garden.
Tis is located at approx. 4 kms. From City Centre, well connected by buses.
Visiting hours: 9.00 AM to 0430 PM on weekdays & 10.00 AM to 02.00 PM on weehends.
If you are interested in tropical plants and flowers and have some time to stroll around the streets of Cairns and or suburbs (including the Botanical Gardens) then you will see some beautiful plants palms and ferns.
At first people are wowed by the greenery but if you look more closely then you may be surprised at all the colourful plants and flowers this area has to offer.
I have no idea what the botanical names are but I still love taking photoes and hope you enjoy them. Best thing is it is free and all you need is a good pair of walking shoes, camera,hat, sunscreen,insect repellent and water.
The Tanks art centre at Edge Hill is an amazing experience if you are looking for music,events,arts,culture in one of the Tanks that were used by the Navy during world war 2 for oil storage.Set in the beautiful rainforest along Collins Avenue and next to the Flecker Botanical Gardens,the Tanks offer something for everyone.
Gallery exhibitions,community arts, live local music,public forums,theatre performances,dance and market days selling local arts and crafts.
You can pick up a copy of TaNKs at a glance at any tourist information stall that gives you a list of upcoming events.
Tickets for events can be purchased at ticketLiNK.
A lot of events and art gallery's are free and check out the small but great ampitheatre.
There are 5 Tanks in all and the popular catchcry is 'think tanks'
Don't forget to check out the quirky wall at the main entrance (see my page regarding this)
Enjoy your time in this unique place.
WOW!!! on Oct 29th the new Cairns Botanic Garden Visitor Centre will open its doors to the public.The centre has cost $6.2 million and is comprised of two distinct halves.
One side is for admin providing offices for Cairns Regional Council personnel from creative Cairns,Tanks arts Centre,,Cairns Botanic Gardens and Creative partnerships.
The other half ,which is closest to Mnt Whitfield has a retail outlet,a cafe and interpretive display and incorperating key sustainability features.The shop will be focussing on unique and locally created gifts and arts.
I was very excited today because I was invited to have a sneak peek..I was not allowed to take a lot of photoes but managed to get a few.
The design fits in beautifully with the surrounding rainforest,the windows reflecting the images of the trees and plants.There is also what I believe is an undercover sound/interpretive area that has a curved seating area for a lot of people.
As far as buildings go I am sure you will love this,it looks like it belongs here.
It will be open to the general public,seven days a week,from Saturday Oct 29th 2011.
Toilets and disabled facilities including wheelchair access.
Cairns Flecker Botanical Gardens is a must see for visitors--it is a garden with a difference because it has only tropical plants and trees.
The path ways are delightful and plenty of seats tucked in strategic places for resting,sketching or meditating.
There are plenty of birds and the gardens offer a free bird watching every Tuesday morning and supply you with binoculars--watch out for the tiny black and yellow sun-birds.
Walk across Collins avenue and you can visit the Centenary lakes.
Open and Closing times--7.30am to 5.30pm.
This has to be one of my favourite places to visit.
This is situated in Collins Avenue, which has been recently given a road/garden upgrade, it's just wonderful to drive or walk along this road.
The gardens are beautifully kept. There is a large variety of tropical plants and walk ways through the gardens that are covered in shade by the over head palms and trees,while man made creeks run throughout these walkways.
Be sure to look towards the heavens as you will be amazed to see how many ferns have attached themselves to these trees.You will be delighted to see flowers in bloom and fruits of different plants.
The gardens are divided into different plant areas.
Each being bought together by lush green lawns.
A kiosk is situated here. You can sit among the flowering plants and enjoy breakfast, lunch or just an afternoon snack. There is an inside area, also an outside area, under umbrellas.
7.30am to 5.30pm Week days.
8.30am to 5.30pm Weekend and Public Holidays
This is one place, like many others that is not to be missed.
The Gardens have a free entry.
The Botanic Garden isn't as big as many others around Australia, but it's nice nevertheless. It's main focus is on rainforest plants, but there are also some bush plants to be found.
The garden is open from Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5.30pm and from 8.30am to 5.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
There's a nice restaurant inside the garden.