Great Barrier Reef Sights

Nature's Powerhouse & Cooktown Botanic Gardens

  • Walker St. Map It
  • Cooktown

Published 08/08/2014

Fodor's 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.

Sight Information


Walker St., Cooktown, Queensland, 4895, Australia

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07-4069–6004; 07-4069–6013; 1800-174–895-Toll-free in Aust.

Sight Details:

  • Botanic Gardens free, Nature's Powerhouse A$3.50
  • Daily 9–5

Published 08/08/2014


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