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Nature's Powerhouse & Cooktown Botanic Gardens

Nature's Powerhouse & Cooktown Botanic Gardens Review

This interpretive center and museum is home to a valuable collection of local botanical illustrations by internationally recognized artist Vera Scarth-Johnson, and impressive displays of Cape York Peninsula wildlife, bequeathed by local fauna expert Charlie Tanner. It's at the entrance to the heritage-listed Cooktown Botanic Gardens, which, with its stone-pitched waterways and shady paths, includes 154 acres of colorful native and exotic plants. A popular attraction in the gardens is a 7-meter python carved locally from ironwood. You can enjoy afternoon tea or a light lunch at the Vera Café, browse the shop botanically themed gifts and souvenirs, including beautiful scarves, prints and postcards, wooden bowls and authentic Aboriginal art; and get regional travel tips from the on-site Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula Visitor Information Center.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Walker St., Cooktown, QLD 4895 | Map It
  • Phone: 07/4069–6004; 07/4069–6013; 1800/174–895 Toll-free in Aust.
  • Cost: Botanic Gardens free, Nature's Powerhouse A$3.50
  • Hours: Daily 9–5
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  • Location: Cooktown
Updated: 01-16-2014

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