2020. Atherton Tablelands: Post 18. Cairns Botanical Gardens


Cairns Botanic Gardens

The Cairns Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise, renowned as one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Come and explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning surroundings and learn about tropical flora and horticulture. See the many photos below.

An  Australian brushturkey came right to us within  1.5metres of us while we having a picnic lunch. The sign talks about their mound-building activities during nesting.
See the website: Australian brushturkey


Curtain Fig in the Botanical Gardens.  Did you see Post 15: Fig Tree …. Atherton Tablelands


Cycad plants: Cycads are seed plants with a very long fossil history that were formerly more abundant and more diverse than they are today. They typically have a stout and woody trunk with a crown of large, hard and stiff, evergreen leaves. They usually have pinnate leaves. Wikipedia



Crows Nest Fern: Asplenium australasicum, is an epiphyte that grows in notches of trees and in depressions in rocks or around the trunks of trees. Long, solid fronds grow in rosettes from a thick base of fine, short roots. Yellow-green to light green fronds grow up to 6 feet long and 7 to 8 inches wide.


Signs: Read about the Friends of the Botanic Gardens, plant library, birds of the gardens, plant identification tools and the Tanks Arts Centre.

To see the next activity we were involved with over the week we were up on the Atherton Tablelands, see this post:

Post 20: Crystal Cascades ….. Atherton Tablelands