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AussieWolf’s guidebook

Gift and souvenir shops, market place
Cairns Night Markets In 1991, Hayden Redfern and Elise Warring noticed the increasing demand from tourists to purchase locally made goods so they set about creating an open air market in Cairns. The creators drew their inspiration from the open air markets in Hawaii and South East Asia, but underestimated the popularity they would have with both locals and tourists alike. They temporarily gave the space a term of six months with only 28 vendors but soon they had over 100 vendors knocking on their door. Today We have 131 stall locations in the complex we attracting 2.7 million people annually. ​ Each night when the sun sets, Cairns Night Markets come alive. Featuring over seventy retail outlets and home to a myriad of food options, Cairns Night Markets are the perfect place to grab dinner and hunt for a bargain. The hustle and bustle of the market in the open air setting makes for an electrifying shopping experience. ​ Our Location 71-75 The Esplanade (opposite the lagoon) 365 days a year Food:10am - 11pm Massage & Beauty:12pm - 11pm Shopping:5pm - 11pm
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Cairns Night Markets
54-60 Abbott St
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Cairns Night Markets In 1991, Hayden Redfern and Elise Warring noticed the increasing demand from tourists to purchase locally made goods so they set about creating an open air market in Cairns. The creators drew their inspiration from the open air markets in Hawaii and South East Asia, but underestimated the popularity they would have with both locals and tourists alike. They temporarily gave the space a term of six months with only 28 vendors but soon they had over 100 vendors knocking on their door. Today We have 131 stall locations in the complex we attracting 2.7 million people annually. ​ Each night when the sun sets, Cairns Night Markets come alive. Featuring over seventy retail outlets and home to a myriad of food options, Cairns Night Markets are the perfect place to grab dinner and hunt for a bargain. The hustle and bustle of the market in the open air setting makes for an electrifying shopping experience. ​ Our Location 71-75 The Esplanade (opposite the lagoon) 365 days a year Food:10am - 11pm Massage & Beauty:12pm - 11pm Shopping:5pm - 11pm
Shopping
https://www.woolworths.com.au/
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Woolworths Cairns
103 Abbott St
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https://www.woolworths.com.au/
Cairns Central Shopping Centre in Far North Queensland, Australia is Cairns' biggest shopping centre. The centre was opened in late 1997 and is the second multi-story shopping centre in northern Queensland. The shopping centre is built over the Cairns Railway Station, which is incorporated with the centre.
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Cairns Central Shopping Centre
21 McLeod St
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Cairns Central Shopping Centre in Far North Queensland, Australia is Cairns' biggest shopping centre. The centre was opened in late 1997 and is the second multi-story shopping centre in northern Queensland. The shopping centre is built over the Cairns Railway Station, which is incorporated with the centre.
https://www.coles.com.au/
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Coles Cairns Central
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https://www.coles.com.au/
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DFO Cairns
274 Mulgrave Rd
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Zoo
Mini Zoo on the top of the Casino, 10% discount voucher will be provided by AussieWolf Management
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Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome
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Mini Zoo on the top of the Casino, 10% discount voucher will be provided by AussieWolf Management
Interactive zoo featuring guided encounters with koalas, kangaroos, birds, reptiles & more.
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Wildlife Habitat
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Interactive zoo featuring guided encounters with koalas, kangaroos, birds, reptiles & more.
As the only aquarium in the world dedicated exclusively to the habitats and species of tropical North Queensland, the Cairns Aquarium connects visitors with the natural wonders of The Great Barrier Reef, The Wet Tropics, The Gulf Savannah and Cape York regions. With over 16,000 animals and unique opportunities to move up close to some of the world’s most fascinating, elusive or deadly creatures, every visit is unforgettable. Find everything you need to plan your visit to the Aquarium here, including general facility and accessibility information, operating hours and how to find us.
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Cairns Aquarium
163 Abbott St
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As the only aquarium in the world dedicated exclusively to the habitats and species of tropical North Queensland, the Cairns Aquarium connects visitors with the natural wonders of The Great Barrier Reef, The Wet Tropics, The Gulf Savannah and Cape York regions. With over 16,000 animals and unique opportunities to move up close to some of the world’s most fascinating, elusive or deadly creatures, every visit is unforgettable. Find everything you need to plan your visit to the Aquarium here, including general facility and accessibility information, operating hours and how to find us.
Nature and Sightseeing
Freshwater Lake Freshwater Lake, established in 1975 to celebrate the Cairns City Council centenary, was created from a three hectare freshwater swamp that originally existed on the site. The lake is decorated by a patchwork of water-lilies (Nymphaea sp.) that provides shelter for several species of frogs, fish and turtles. A swampy, safe haven, the lake is also home to many bird species and, depending on the season, visitors can expect to see magpie geese, black ducks, black-necked storks and cormorants. The Freshwater Lake is an ideal place for a family outing with sheltered picnic sites, free BBQs, a children's playground and public toilets. The Freshwater Lake can be accessed by road from Greenslopes St or by foot along the Rainforest Boardwalk. Note: Fishing is NOT permitted in any of the lakes within the Gardens. This includes fishing for the invasive species Tilapia. Fishing lines are hazardous to the lake's resident native birds and waders. Saltwater Lake Saltwater Lake illustrates, on a small scale, the diverse saltwater ecosystems found in Cairns and its coastal surrounds. Filled by tidal waters from the adjacent Saltwater Creek, the lake displays the delicate balance that exists between water, plants and animals within a saltwater environment. The lake and creek are surrounded by mangroves that supply food to marine animals and provide breeding grounds for species such as prawns and mud crabs. They also provides habitat for many birds. Saltwater Lake grounds are planted with a wide variety of tropical fruit trees and shrubs. You will also find a raised, no-dig garden bed filled with tropical vegetables. Facilities in this garden include picnic shelters, BBQs and a children's playground. The Saltwater Lake can be accessed by road from Greenslopes St or by foot along the Rainforest Boardwalk. Note: Fishing is NOT permitted in any of the lakes within the Gardens. This includes fishing for the invasive species Tilapia. Fishing lines are hazardous to the lake's resident native birds and waders.
Centenary Lakes
43-47 Greenslopes St
Freshwater Lake Freshwater Lake, established in 1975 to celebrate the Cairns City Council centenary, was created from a three hectare freshwater swamp that originally existed on the site. The lake is decorated by a patchwork of water-lilies (Nymphaea sp.) that provides shelter for several species of frogs, fish and turtles. A swampy, safe haven, the lake is also home to many bird species and, depending on the season, visitors can expect to see magpie geese, black ducks, black-necked storks and cormorants. The Freshwater Lake is an ideal place for a family outing with sheltered picnic sites, free BBQs, a children's playground and public toilets. The Freshwater Lake can be accessed by road from Greenslopes St or by foot along the Rainforest Boardwalk. Note: Fishing is NOT permitted in any of the lakes within the Gardens. This includes fishing for the invasive species Tilapia. Fishing lines are hazardous to the lake's resident native birds and waders. Saltwater Lake Saltwater Lake illustrates, on a small scale, the diverse saltwater ecosystems found in Cairns and its coastal surrounds. Filled by tidal waters from the adjacent Saltwater Creek, the lake displays the delicate balance that exists between water, plants and animals within a saltwater environment. The lake and creek are surrounded by mangroves that supply food to marine animals and provide breeding grounds for species such as prawns and mud crabs. They also provides habitat for many birds. Saltwater Lake grounds are planted with a wide variety of tropical fruit trees and shrubs. You will also find a raised, no-dig garden bed filled with tropical vegetables. Facilities in this garden include picnic shelters, BBQs and a children's playground. The Saltwater Lake can be accessed by road from Greenslopes St or by foot along the Rainforest Boardwalk. Note: Fishing is NOT permitted in any of the lakes within the Gardens. This includes fishing for the invasive species Tilapia. Fishing lines are hazardous to the lake's resident native birds and waders.
Aboriginal Plant Use Garden The rainforest Aboriginal people were hunter gatherers. They used rainforest plants as a major source of food, for shelter, medicine, clothing, utensils, tools and weapons. Over a period of more than 40,000 years they developed an extensive and detailed knowledge of the properties and uses of rainforest plants. The Aboriginal Plant Use Garden is a short walk located within the Flecker Garden, and showcases many of the local plants that were important to the local inhabitants. Along this walk you will see some of the plants used by the various groups of rainforest Aboriginals who lived in the Cairns to Mareeba area. Download the Aborignal Plant Use Garden brochure ( PDF, 1.81 MB ). Bamboo collection Bamboo is an important plant in many cultures serving a diverse range of uses from food and construction material, to paper pulp, handicrafts and musical instruments. Temperate species of bamboo generally display a running character, which makes them very difficult to control in a garden environment. A good example is the fish pole bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) from China which can be seen at the start of the Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. Most of the bamboos cultivated at Cairns Botanic Gardens are tropical species which tend to be clumping in habit. The enormous size of some species such as Dendrocalamus giganteus, makes these plants only suitable for large gardens or parks. With culm diameter measuring up to 25cm and height up to 30 metres, it is an imposing feature in the landscape. Fitzalan Gardens The Fitzalan Gardens are named after Mr Eugene Fitzalan, the first caretaker (1886-1897) of the Botanic Gardens. The area comprises three separate gardens connected by paths and footbridges, and houses a small water lily pond, giant mature palms and trees planted many years ago. The gardens are designed to hide several nooks and crannies, offering you private spaces to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. You can access Fitzalan Gardens across the road from either the main entrance of the Flecker Garden or the Visitor Centre. Flecker Garden Flecker Garden epitomises the diversity of tropical flora that can be found across the world's tropical regions including plants from the steamy jungles of South East Asia, South America, Africa and of course Tropical North Queensland. Freshwater Lake Freshwater Lake, established in 1975 to celebrate the Cairns City Council centenary, was created from a three hectare freshwater swamp that originally existed on the site. The lake is decorated by a patchwork of water-lilies (Nymphaea sp.) that provides shelter for several species of frogs, fish and turtles. A swampy, safe haven, the lake is also home to many bird species and, depending on the season, visitors can expect to see magpie geese, black ducks, black-necked storks and cormorants. The Freshwater Lake is an ideal place for a family outing with sheltered picnic sites, free BBQs, a children's playground and public toilets. The Freshwater Lake can be accessed by road from Greenslopes St or by foot along the Rainforest Boardwalk. Note: Fishing is NOT permitted in any of the lakes within the Gardens. This includes fishing for the invasive species Tilapia. Fishing lines are hazardous to the lake's resident native birds and waders. Gondwanan Heritage Garden Located between Flecker Garden and the Visitor Centre, the Gondwanan Heritage Garden is an Evolution Garden tracing the evolution of plants from the first photosynthetic bacteria to the modern flowering plants. Emphasis is placed on the Gondwanan component of the plant kingdom and in particular the development of the distinctive Australian Wet Tropics flora. The garden is divided into zones representing different stages of plant evolution. Start the trail at the interpretive shelter, learn how the modern continents evolved, examine the fossil record and trace the changes in plants from the beginning to the present day. Then follow the Zones and meet the survivors of this long journey. Download the Gondwanan Heritage Garden explanatory brochure ( PDF, 1.04 MB ) . This information can also be found at the start of the trail and printed copies of the brochure are available from the Visitor Centre. Library and Friends' House Located within the Friends of Botanic Gardens House in Flecker Garden, the Library houses botanical and horticultural books and other publications relevant to tropical gardening. In operating the Library, the Friends of Botanic Gardens provide plant science resources and accurate information to users by collecting, organising, preserving, and sharing subject-specific materials for current and future use. The Library is open to the public when the Friends of Botanic Gardens House is open. For more information, email fobgcairns@bigpond.com or phone (07) 4032 3900. Nature Playground Located at Freshwater Lake on Greenslopes St (near the Zhanjiang Friendship Garden), this is a children’s playground with a difference! Integrating creative play elements with the natural lakeside environment, the Nature Playground encourages children to interact with nature, to explore and learn about their surroundings. There are dinosaur bones to uncover, ropes to climb, play huts to build, a fairy garden, rope climb, tunnels, balance logs, a digging patch and plants known for their bright colours, smells and textures to encourage sensory play. Rainforest Boardwalk The boardwalk allows the visitor to imagine what the coastal areas of Cairns once looked like before settlement. Sadly, this shrinking ecosystem that once dominated the region has all but disappeared, apart from the small patch around the boardwalk and a few other locations. This special environment has been home for years to an endangered plant called the Layered Tassel Fern (Huperzia phlegmarioides) which once thrived in this habitat. It is now on the Queensland Government Endangered Species list and is becoming as rare as the ecosystem in which it lives. Apart from the amazing plant life existing along the walk, visitors should also watch out for the Lovely Fairy Wren (Malurus amabilis) which frequents the area. The western end of the boardwalk is located across Collins Avenue from the Main Gate. The eastern end is adjacent to the Saltwater Creek footbridge that accesses the Saltwater Lake. Saltwater Lake Saltwater Lake illustrates, on a small scale, the diverse saltwater ecosystems found in Cairns and its coastal surrounds. Filled by tidal waters from the adjacent Saltwater Creek, the lake displays the delicate balance that exists between water, plants and animals within a saltwater environment. The lake and creek are surrounded by mangroves that supply food to marine animals and provide breeding grounds for species such as prawns and mud crabs. They also provides habitat for many birds. Saltwater Lake grounds are planted with a wide variety of tropical fruit trees and shrubs. You will also find a raised, no-dig garden bed filled with tropical vegetables. Facilities in this garden include picnic shelters, BBQs and a children's playground. The Saltwater Lake can be accessed by road from Greenslopes St or by foot along the Rainforest Boardwalk. Note: Fishing is NOT permitted in any of the lakes within the Gardens. This includes fishing for the invasive species Tilapia. Fishing lines are hazardous to the lake's resident native birds and waders. Tanks Arts Centre Culture and nature are entwined at Cairns’ premier contemporary arts venue. The Tanks Arts Centre incorporates music, performance, theatre and visual art with community events and engagement. Taking its name from the past, the site is literally comprised of three concrete fuel tanks that were completed in 1944 for the Royal Australian Navy. The tanks were decommissioned in 1987 and re-modelled into an arts centre by Cairns Regional Council. The venue opened its doors in 1995. To see current and upcoming events, or to learn more about the venue, visit the Tanks Arts Centre website. Visitor Information Centre With its stunning reflective exterior, the Visitor Information Centre is a popular focus for visitor photos. Pop in to learn more about the Gardens, view an exhibition, take a class, or purchase a memento of your visit to the Cairns Botanic Gardens. Designed by Charles Wright Architects and opened in October 2011, the building has won numerous design, construction and sustainability awards. It features 104 solar panels (20kw system), its own rain catchment system (used for non potable areas), and louvres and fans to minimise the need for air-conditioning. The modern multi-purpose venue is available for hire. It incorporates an outdoor undercover amphitheatre and an air-conditioned multi-purpose room suitable for small cocktail functions, product launches, corporate seminars and community meetings. Located at 64 Collins Avenue, between Flecker Gardens and Tanks Arts Centre Open 8.30am to 4pm weekdays, 8.30am to 1pm weekends and public holidays Closed Christmas Day Public toilet facilities are available Phone 4032 6650 for enquiries Watkins Munro Martin Conservatory The Watkins Munro Martin Conservatory has been designed to resemble the iconic licuala palm (which is featured on the Cairns Regional Council logo). The structure was built in 2015 to safely house and exhibit some of the Gardens' most valuable and tender plants and a collection of local butterflies. Inside the Conservatory, a one-way walking path meanders through carefully landscaped botanical displays featuring aroids - including the Gardens’ significant amorphophallus collection - as well as bromeliads, tillandsias, carnivorous plants, cycads, ferns, palms, orchids and tassel ferns. The Conservatory is situated inside Flecker Garden opposite the main gate. Zhanjiang Friendship Garden The Chinese-style garden at Freshwater Lakes celebrates the Sister Cities relationship between Cairns and the Chinese city of Zhanjiang. It incorporates traditional features in a contemporary style, to reflect the cultural heritage of the Cairns region. The entry pillars announce “arrival” and are adorned with graphic motifs of traditional cloud patters of Zhanjiang. Boulders of Chillagoe marble acknowledge the importance of rocks and mountains in Chinese garden culture. A Moon Gate is inscribed with the words “Friendship Garden” and carved granite dogs at the entrance to the Pavilion are representative of the ancient dog sculptures unique to Zhanjiang.
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Cairns Botanic Gardens
78-96 Collins Ave
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Aboriginal Plant Use Garden The rainforest Aboriginal people were hunter gatherers. They used rainforest plants as a major source of food, for shelter, medicine, clothing, utensils, tools and weapons. Over a period of more than 40,000 years they developed an extensive and detailed knowledge of the properties and uses of rainforest plants. The Aboriginal Plant Use Garden is a short walk located within the Flecker Garden, and showcases many of the local plants that were important to the local inhabitants. Along this walk you will see some of the plants used by the various groups of rainforest Aboriginals who lived in the Cairns to Mareeba area. Download the Aborignal Plant Use Garden brochure ( PDF, 1.81 MB ). Bamboo collection Bamboo is an important plant in many cultures serving a diverse range of uses from food and construction material, to paper pulp, handicrafts and musical instruments. Temperate species of bamboo generally display a running character, which makes them very difficult to control in a garden environment. A good example is the fish pole bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) from China which can be seen at the start of the Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. Most of the bamboos cultivated at Cairns Botanic Gardens are tropical species which tend to be clumping in habit. The enormous size of some species such as Dendrocalamus giganteus, makes these plants only suitable for large gardens or parks. With culm diameter measuring up to 25cm and height up to 30 metres, it is an imposing feature in the landscape. Fitzalan Gardens The Fitzalan Gardens are named after Mr Eugene Fitzalan, the first caretaker (1886-1897) of the Botanic Gardens. The area comprises three separate gardens connected by paths and footbridges, and houses a small water lily pond, giant mature palms and trees planted many years ago. The gardens are designed to hide several nooks and crannies, offering you private spaces to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. You can access Fitzalan Gardens across the road from either the main entrance of the Flecker Garden or the Visitor Centre. Flecker Garden Flecker Garden epitomises the diversity of tropical flora that can be found across the world's tropical regions including plants from the steamy jungles of South East Asia, South America, Africa and of course Tropical North Queensland. Freshwater Lake Freshwater Lake, established in 1975 to celebrate the Cairns City Council centenary, was created from a three hectare freshwater swamp that originally existed on the site. The lake is decorated by a patchwork of water-lilies (Nymphaea sp.) that provides shelter for several species of frogs, fish and turtles. A swampy, safe haven, the lake is also home to many bird species and, depending on the season, visitors can expect to see magpie geese, black ducks, black-necked storks and cormorants. The Freshwater Lake is an ideal place for a family outing with sheltered picnic sites, free BBQs, a children's playground and public toilets. The Freshwater Lake can be accessed by road from Greenslopes St or by foot along the Rainforest Boardwalk. Note: Fishing is NOT permitted in any of the lakes within the Gardens. This includes fishing for the invasive species Tilapia. Fishing lines are hazardous to the lake's resident native birds and waders. Gondwanan Heritage Garden Located between Flecker Garden and the Visitor Centre, the Gondwanan Heritage Garden is an Evolution Garden tracing the evolution of plants from the first photosynthetic bacteria to the modern flowering plants. Emphasis is placed on the Gondwanan component of the plant kingdom and in particular the development of the distinctive Australian Wet Tropics flora. The garden is divided into zones representing different stages of plant evolution. Start the trail at the interpretive shelter, learn how the modern continents evolved, examine the fossil record and trace the changes in plants from the beginning to the present day. Then follow the Zones and meet the survivors of this long journey. Download the Gondwanan Heritage Garden explanatory brochure ( PDF, 1.04 MB ) . This information can also be found at the start of the trail and printed copies of the brochure are available from the Visitor Centre. Library and Friends' House Located within the Friends of Botanic Gardens House in Flecker Garden, the Library houses botanical and horticultural books and other publications relevant to tropical gardening. In operating the Library, the Friends of Botanic Gardens provide plant science resources and accurate information to users by collecting, organising, preserving, and sharing subject-specific materials for current and future use. The Library is open to the public when the Friends of Botanic Gardens House is open. For more information, email fobgcairns@bigpond.com or phone (07) 4032 3900. Nature Playground Located at Freshwater Lake on Greenslopes St (near the Zhanjiang Friendship Garden), this is a children’s playground with a difference! Integrating creative play elements with the natural lakeside environment, the Nature Playground encourages children to interact with nature, to explore and learn about their surroundings. There are dinosaur bones to uncover, ropes to climb, play huts to build, a fairy garden, rope climb, tunnels, balance logs, a digging patch and plants known for their bright colours, smells and textures to encourage sensory play. Rainforest Boardwalk The boardwalk allows the visitor to imagine what the coastal areas of Cairns once looked like before settlement. Sadly, this shrinking ecosystem that once dominated the region has all but disappeared, apart from the small patch around the boardwalk and a few other locations. This special environment has been home for years to an endangered plant called the Layered Tassel Fern (Huperzia phlegmarioides) which once thrived in this habitat. It is now on the Queensland Government Endangered Species list and is becoming as rare as the ecosystem in which it lives. Apart from the amazing plant life existing along the walk, visitors should also watch out for the Lovely Fairy Wren (Malurus amabilis) which frequents the area. The western end of the boardwalk is located across Collins Avenue from the Main Gate. The eastern end is adjacent to the Saltwater Creek footbridge that accesses the Saltwater Lake. Saltwater Lake Saltwater Lake illustrates, on a small scale, the diverse saltwater ecosystems found in Cairns and its coastal surrounds. Filled by tidal waters from the adjacent Saltwater Creek, the lake displays the delicate balance that exists between water, plants and animals within a saltwater environment. The lake and creek are surrounded by mangroves that supply food to marine animals and provide breeding grounds for species such as prawns and mud crabs. They also provides habitat for many birds. Saltwater Lake grounds are planted with a wide variety of tropical fruit trees and shrubs. You will also find a raised, no-dig garden bed filled with tropical vegetables. Facilities in this garden include picnic shelters, BBQs and a children's playground. The Saltwater Lake can be accessed by road from Greenslopes St or by foot along the Rainforest Boardwalk. Note: Fishing is NOT permitted in any of the lakes within the Gardens. This includes fishing for the invasive species Tilapia. Fishing lines are hazardous to the lake's resident native birds and waders. Tanks Arts Centre Culture and nature are entwined at Cairns’ premier contemporary arts venue. The Tanks Arts Centre incorporates music, performance, theatre and visual art with community events and engagement. Taking its name from the past, the site is literally comprised of three concrete fuel tanks that were completed in 1944 for the Royal Australian Navy. The tanks were decommissioned in 1987 and re-modelled into an arts centre by Cairns Regional Council. The venue opened its doors in 1995. To see current and upcoming events, or to learn more about the venue, visit the Tanks Arts Centre website. Visitor Information Centre With its stunning reflective exterior, the Visitor Information Centre is a popular focus for visitor photos. Pop in to learn more about the Gardens, view an exhibition, take a class, or purchase a memento of your visit to the Cairns Botanic Gardens. Designed by Charles Wright Architects and opened in October 2011, the building has won numerous design, construction and sustainability awards. It features 104 solar panels (20kw system), its own rain catchment system (used for non potable areas), and louvres and fans to minimise the need for air-conditioning. The modern multi-purpose venue is available for hire. It incorporates an outdoor undercover amphitheatre and an air-conditioned multi-purpose room suitable for small cocktail functions, product launches, corporate seminars and community meetings. Located at 64 Collins Avenue, between Flecker Gardens and Tanks Arts Centre Open 8.30am to 4pm weekdays, 8.30am to 1pm weekends and public holidays Closed Christmas Day Public toilet facilities are available Phone 4032 6650 for enquiries Watkins Munro Martin Conservatory The Watkins Munro Martin Conservatory has been designed to resemble the iconic licuala palm (which is featured on the Cairns Regional Council logo). The structure was built in 2015 to safely house and exhibit some of the Gardens' most valuable and tender plants and a collection of local butterflies. Inside the Conservatory, a one-way walking path meanders through carefully landscaped botanical displays featuring aroids - including the Gardens’ significant amorphophallus collection - as well as bromeliads, tillandsias, carnivorous plants, cycads, ferns, palms, orchids and tassel ferns. The Conservatory is situated inside Flecker Garden opposite the main gate. Zhanjiang Friendship Garden The Chinese-style garden at Freshwater Lakes celebrates the Sister Cities relationship between Cairns and the Chinese city of Zhanjiang. It incorporates traditional features in a contemporary style, to reflect the cultural heritage of the Cairns region. The entry pillars announce “arrival” and are adorned with graphic motifs of traditional cloud patters of Zhanjiang. Boulders of Chillagoe marble acknowledge the importance of rocks and mountains in Chinese garden culture. A Moon Gate is inscribed with the words “Friendship Garden” and carved granite dogs at the entrance to the Pavilion are representative of the ancient dog sculptures unique to Zhanjiang.
The Cairns Esplanade is a 2.5km stretch of foreshore in the Cairns CBD showcasing picturesque lawns and landscaped parklands along palm-fringed waterfront. The Lagoon, parklands, playgrounds, barbecues and recreational facilities are available for free to use so there is something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful space.
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Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
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The Cairns Esplanade is a 2.5km stretch of foreshore in the Cairns CBD showcasing picturesque lawns and landscaped parklands along palm-fringed waterfront. The Lagoon, parklands, playgrounds, barbecues and recreational facilities are available for free to use so there is something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful space.
History Originally a sugarcane farm owned by Franco Cattana, the site was used as a sand mining quarry resulting in several fresh and saltwater man-made lakes. The land was purchased by the then Mulgrave Shire Council in 1993, primarily to protect the 30 hectares of lowland rainforest on the western end of the site. This forest, described as the Feather Palm Forest, is a remnant of a once extensive forest type that is now confined to only a few remnant patches in the Cairns region. Council has planted over 70,000 native plants and undertaken extensive weed removal enabling existing water bird populations to flourish. As part of the 150th anniversary of Queensland celebrations, Council and the Queensland State Government each committed $1.5 million to the rehabilitation of the site. The works program included the construction of boardwalks, walking tracks, bird hides and viewing platforms, picnic areas, interpretative signs, car park, access road and toilet facilities. In addition to the amazing wetland habitat, Cattana Wetlands also harbours an impressive range of north Queensland wildlife and significant plant communities. For more information about what you may find at the wetlands, refer to the related links and documents area.
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Cattana Wetlands
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History Originally a sugarcane farm owned by Franco Cattana, the site was used as a sand mining quarry resulting in several fresh and saltwater man-made lakes. The land was purchased by the then Mulgrave Shire Council in 1993, primarily to protect the 30 hectares of lowland rainforest on the western end of the site. This forest, described as the Feather Palm Forest, is a remnant of a once extensive forest type that is now confined to only a few remnant patches in the Cairns region. Council has planted over 70,000 native plants and undertaken extensive weed removal enabling existing water bird populations to flourish. As part of the 150th anniversary of Queensland celebrations, Council and the Queensland State Government each committed $1.5 million to the rehabilitation of the site. The works program included the construction of boardwalks, walking tracks, bird hides and viewing platforms, picnic areas, interpretative signs, car park, access road and toilet facilities. In addition to the amazing wetland habitat, Cattana Wetlands also harbours an impressive range of north Queensland wildlife and significant plant communities. For more information about what you may find at the wetlands, refer to the related links and documents area.
Crystal Cascades is one of the secrets of Tropical North Queensland. A secluded freshwater swimming hole hidden in a tropical rainforest, it has a series of small waterfalls that flow into large pools. Park facilities include electric BBQs, picnic tables and a toilet block.
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Crystal Cascades
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Crystal Cascades is one of the secrets of Tropical North Queensland. A secluded freshwater swimming hole hidden in a tropical rainforest, it has a series of small waterfalls that flow into large pools. Park facilities include electric BBQs, picnic tables and a toilet block.
Yellow, Red, Blue and Green Arrow walking tracks Yellow Arrow - Grade 3 walking track is a 1.9km formed track with many steps and takes about 1.5 hour return. The windy track contains many steps and requires a general level of fitness. The track is clearly distinct, sign posted and free of obstacles, making it suitable for people with no prior bushwalking experience. Red Arrow - Grade 3 Circuit is a 1.5km formed track with many steps, and takes about 1 hour return. It is forested, has some steep sections with two open viewing areas overlooking Cairns city and north towards the airport. The track is clearly distinct, sign posted and free of obstacles, making it suitable for people with no prior bushwalking experience. Blue Arrow - Grade 4 Circuit is a very steep 6km track and takes 4-5 hours return. It is a rugged bush track with steep climbs, many steps and some obstacles. A moderate level of fitness is required and some bushwalking experience is recommended. Green Arrow - Grade 4 walking track is a very steep 3km track which starts toward the top of the Blue Arrow loop and branches off toward Brinsmead, ending at Whitfield. While the track can be accessed by walkers from the Whitfield end, there is no public parking available. The Green Arrow takes about 3 hours return. It contains steep slopes, many steps and obstacles such as tree roots, rocks and fallen debris. A moderate level of fitness is required and some bushwalking experience is recommended.
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Mount Whitfield Conservation Park
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Yellow, Red, Blue and Green Arrow walking tracks Yellow Arrow - Grade 3 walking track is a 1.9km formed track with many steps and takes about 1.5 hour return. The windy track contains many steps and requires a general level of fitness. The track is clearly distinct, sign posted and free of obstacles, making it suitable for people with no prior bushwalking experience. Red Arrow - Grade 3 Circuit is a 1.5km formed track with many steps, and takes about 1 hour return. It is forested, has some steep sections with two open viewing areas overlooking Cairns city and north towards the airport. The track is clearly distinct, sign posted and free of obstacles, making it suitable for people with no prior bushwalking experience. Blue Arrow - Grade 4 Circuit is a very steep 6km track and takes 4-5 hours return. It is a rugged bush track with steep climbs, many steps and some obstacles. A moderate level of fitness is required and some bushwalking experience is recommended. Green Arrow - Grade 4 walking track is a very steep 3km track which starts toward the top of the Blue Arrow loop and branches off toward Brinsmead, ending at Whitfield. While the track can be accessed by walkers from the Whitfield end, there is no public parking available. The Green Arrow takes about 3 hours return. It contains steep slopes, many steps and obstacles such as tree roots, rocks and fallen debris. A moderate level of fitness is required and some bushwalking experience is recommended.
The Babinda Boulders is a popular swimming spot and picnic area amid tropical rain forest in the foothills of the Bellenden Ker Range. It is named for a series of granite outcrops found along Babinda Creek, which provides cascades and swimming holes. Facilities onsite cater for a range of outdoor pursuits including picnics, bush-walking, swimming, commercial tourism, sightseeing and social events. There is also an unpowered campsite with basic amenities; maximum stay strictly 72 hours. (Note: The nearest RV dump point is at Babinda Rotary Park.) Cairns Regional Council provides and maintains the facilities at the site. Location: Boulders Road, Babinda, about 6km from the Babinda township (RV Friendly Town). Facilities: picnic tables, seating, barbecues, toilets, walking tracks, viewing areas and platforms, play area, interpretative signs, unpowered campsite Prohibited: dogs not allowed
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The Boulders
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The Babinda Boulders is a popular swimming spot and picnic area amid tropical rain forest in the foothills of the Bellenden Ker Range. It is named for a series of granite outcrops found along Babinda Creek, which provides cascades and swimming holes. Facilities onsite cater for a range of outdoor pursuits including picnics, bush-walking, swimming, commercial tourism, sightseeing and social events. There is also an unpowered campsite with basic amenities; maximum stay strictly 72 hours. (Note: The nearest RV dump point is at Babinda Rotary Park.) Cairns Regional Council provides and maintains the facilities at the site. Location: Boulders Road, Babinda, about 6km from the Babinda township (RV Friendly Town). Facilities: picnic tables, seating, barbecues, toilets, walking tracks, viewing areas and platforms, play area, interpretative signs, unpowered campsite Prohibited: dogs not allowed
VILLAGE IN THE RAINFOREST The picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda Village is just 25km northwest of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. Surrounded by the world’s oldest living tropical rainforest, the colorful village of Kuranda is well known as the Village in the Rainforest attracting visitors for well over a century. Come for a day, or stay for the weekend, and explore our beautiful little village.
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Kuranda
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VILLAGE IN THE RAINFOREST The picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda Village is just 25km northwest of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. Surrounded by the world’s oldest living tropical rainforest, the colorful village of Kuranda is well known as the Village in the Rainforest attracting visitors for well over a century. Come for a day, or stay for the weekend, and explore our beautiful little village.
Cape Tribulation is a remote headland and ecotourism destination in northeast Queensland, Australia. A coastal area within Daintree National Park, it offers a combination of rainforest and beaches. Boat tours are available to the Great Barrier Reef, lying to the east. Walking routes include boardwalks and a ridge trail on Mount Sorrow. Bird-watching and jungle zip-lining are popular activities.
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Cape Tribulation
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Cape Tribulation is a remote headland and ecotourism destination in northeast Queensland, Australia. A coastal area within Daintree National Park, it offers a combination of rainforest and beaches. Boat tours are available to the Great Barrier Reef, lying to the east. Walking routes include boardwalks and a ridge trail on Mount Sorrow. Bird-watching and jungle zip-lining are popular activities.
Daintree Rainforest is unspoiled by artificial structures and other impediments that are typical of mainstream visitor-management. This triumph of natural wonder and awe-inspiring beauty reveals hidden riches and inspirational insights. High quality guided interpreted walking tours showcase unique biological diversity and exceptional rainforest integrity. There is no better way to successfully engage with such elusive complexity and intricacy than through the guiding expertise of long-term human inhabitants. This vitally important extra dimension, which all but half-a-percent of visitors that cross the Daintree River ferry fail to engage, draws from the rainforest, its human voice and the intellectual property of generations of attentive inhabitants.
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Daintree National Park
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Daintree Rainforest is unspoiled by artificial structures and other impediments that are typical of mainstream visitor-management. This triumph of natural wonder and awe-inspiring beauty reveals hidden riches and inspirational insights. High quality guided interpreted walking tours showcase unique biological diversity and exceptional rainforest integrity. There is no better way to successfully engage with such elusive complexity and intricacy than through the guiding expertise of long-term human inhabitants. This vitally important extra dimension, which all but half-a-percent of visitors that cross the Daintree River ferry fail to engage, draws from the rainforest, its human voice and the intellectual property of generations of attentive inhabitants.
Eat, Play, Relax
Located in the heart of Cairns' largest playground and waterpark, Muddy's Cafe is the ultimate venue for a relaxed meal, fresh juice, or great coffee! Muddy's Playground Muddy's Playground is open every day of the year from 9.00am and 7.00pm (including public holidays and weekends). Sections of Muddy's are closed for maintenance on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings until noon. Even when maintenance works are being carried out, Council aims to have at least half the playground available for use. Muddy's is a modern, fun, safe, splash playground and parkland. It incorporates active, passive, interactive and educational facilities with a combination of play equipment. Muddy's Playground is themed "Life in Trinity Bay" and the playground includes water play areas plus a flying fox, sound chimes, track ride, rope bridge, slides, mouse wheels, play houses, story telling areas, see-saw, trick track and puzzle games. Please note that the disabled-use Liberty Swing uses the MLAK national keying system. For access please ask at Muddy's Cafe. Muddy's has two toilet facilities, one at the north end of Muddy's near the cafe, and one at the southern end of Muddy's. Muddy's has a barbecue and picnic tables, an events lawn to accommodate visiting attractions and an on-site cafe. BBQ Egret is located at the southern end, inside Muddy's Playground. Due to its popularity the BB
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Muddy's Cafe
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Located in the heart of Cairns' largest playground and waterpark, Muddy's Cafe is the ultimate venue for a relaxed meal, fresh juice, or great coffee! Muddy's Playground Muddy's Playground is open every day of the year from 9.00am and 7.00pm (including public holidays and weekends). Sections of Muddy's are closed for maintenance on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings until noon. Even when maintenance works are being carried out, Council aims to have at least half the playground available for use. Muddy's is a modern, fun, safe, splash playground and parkland. It incorporates active, passive, interactive and educational facilities with a combination of play equipment. Muddy's Playground is themed "Life in Trinity Bay" and the playground includes water play areas plus a flying fox, sound chimes, track ride, rope bridge, slides, mouse wheels, play houses, story telling areas, see-saw, trick track and puzzle games. Please note that the disabled-use Liberty Swing uses the MLAK national keying system. For access please ask at Muddy's Cafe. Muddy's has two toilet facilities, one at the north end of Muddy's near the cafe, and one at the southern end of Muddy's. Muddy's has a barbecue and picnic tables, an events lawn to accommodate visiting attractions and an on-site cafe. BBQ Egret is located at the southern end, inside Muddy's Playground. Due to its popularity the BB
Sugarworld Parklands, Edmonton's botanic reserve, is a great place to relax with the family. These beautiful gardens are located just a 20 minute drive from the Cairns CBD. Admission is free and plenty of free parking is available. Sugarworld Parklands features an all-abilities playground - with engaging structures and a sensory space designed to be used by children with various levels of ability - as well as barbecue areas, volleyball court and a great shady area for family gatherings, functions and wedding ceremonies in these magnificent surrounds. Location and hours of operation The Sugarworld Parklands is open: 7 days a week Gates open: 7:00am-6:30pm Free entry Hambledon Drive, Edmonton Note: No dogs allowed. Do not feed the wildlife.
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Sugarworld Waterpark
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Sugarworld Parklands, Edmonton's botanic reserve, is a great place to relax with the family. These beautiful gardens are located just a 20 minute drive from the Cairns CBD. Admission is free and plenty of free parking is available. Sugarworld Parklands features an all-abilities playground - with engaging structures and a sensory space designed to be used by children with various levels of ability - as well as barbecue areas, volleyball court and a great shady area for family gatherings, functions and wedding ceremonies in these magnificent surrounds. Location and hours of operation The Sugarworld Parklands is open: 7 days a week Gates open: 7:00am-6:30pm Free entry Hambledon Drive, Edmonton Note: No dogs allowed. Do not feed the wildlife.
Travel Agency
The best local travel agent in Cairns. Offers the hidden secret must see places without crowd. Tour operator, tour booking with at least 10% discount.
AussieWolf Real Estate and Travel Agency
29 Maranoa St
The best local travel agent in Cairns. Offers the hidden secret must see places without crowd. Tour operator, tour booking with at least 10% discount.
Art Gallery
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Cairns Art Gallery
40 Abbott St
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