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Cairns Flecker Botanical Gardens

Cairns has a magnificent botanical gardens. They are not huge but they are extremely attractive and well maintained. Located approximately 5 kilometers from the heart of the CBD you may need to arrange transport. On a hot day this is a long walk but buses, taxis and tours are available to take you to the Gardens. Maps of the Botanical Gardens are freely available once you arrive.

There is an excellent coffee shop and restaurant in the gardens that is open everyday for breakfast and lunch. The Botanical Gardens open at 7.30am and close at 5.30pm and the restaurant opens at 9.30am and closes at 4.30pm.

The Botanical Gardens contain a multitude of tropical plant species with an impressive array of orchids and carnivorous plants. There are plenty of places to sit quietly and soak up the atmosphere or to enjoy an afternoon nap.

Admission is free however there are collection boxes placed around the gardens for people to make donations to assist with the ongoing maintenance. The Botanical Gardens are popular with local residents and tourists alike. On weekends they can get quite busy as families gather up the children and take them on picnic.

Adjacent to the Botanical Garden is another recreation parkland called Centenary Lakes. Like the Botanical Gardens the "Lakes" offer plenty of opportunities for exploring and relaxing in a truly tropical environment.

The only word of caution when visiting both of these attractions is that the insects can be annoying at times so make certain that you keep the repellent handy.

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