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.