The Flora & Fauna of the Cairns Botanical Gardens

Situated just outside of Cairns itself, the Cairns Botanical Gardens are made up of the Flecker Botanic Gardens, the Tank Arts Centre, Centenary Lakes, and the Mount Whitfield Conservation Reserve. The diverse selection of sites and scenes make for a beautiful, cultural experience with a heavy emphasis on education and conservation.

Founded back in 1886, the Flecker Botanic Gardens form the main portion of the site, boasting a lush green rainforest of tropical plants and exotic animal species. There are numerous walks that weave through the trees and foliage, with plenty of sights to keep you busy.

The Animals of Cairns Botanical Gardens

Nestled in the Wet Tropics, the Botanical Gardens are a hive of animal activity, playing host to a number of native Australian species. Amongst the greenery keen birdwatchers can find an eclectic collection of birds in all different shapes and sizes. The region provides the perfect habitat for almost 200 species, including firm favourites like the Australian Bush-turkey, the Pink-eared duck, and the Magpie Goose. Keep your eyes peeled for colourful feathers, unusual features, and unique whistles.

As well as birds, the Botanical Gardens are home to a great number of butterfly species. This area of Australia is renowned for its exotic butterfly varieties, including the Ulysses Butterfly, one of the most recognisable species with vibrant blue wings fringed with black, and the Cairns Birdwing, the largest butterfly species in the whole of Australia.

And then of course there are the mammals. Australia boasts a large amount of native mammal species, many of which call the Wet Tropics their home, so there’s plenty of animal-spotting opportunities in the Botanical Gardens. You’re most likely sighting will be the Striped Possum, a very shy creature that snacks on insects, fruit, and plants, but you might also catch a glimpse of one of the other twelve species of mammals, two of which are endangered.

The Plants of Cairns Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are a flurry of exotic colour, bursting with unusual plant species native to Australia, as well as those from further afield. For eye-catching colour there is the Golden Bouquet, the Fish Poison Tree, or the Flame of the Forest. These flowers flourish the best in the summer months, but year-round you can see the collection of other plants, including orchids, palms, and a variety of carnivorous plants.

Whether you’re an animal lover, birdwatcher, or plant enthusiast, the Cairns Botanical Gardens provides the perfect day out surrounded by lush greenery and the chance to learn.

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