Great Barrier Reef Sights

Nature's Powerhouse & Cooktown Botanic Gardens

  • Walker St. Map It
  • Cooktown
  • Garden/Arboretum

Published 07/21/2016

Fodor's Review

This interpretive center and museum at the entrance to Cooktown's heritage-listed Botanic Gardens 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. Take extra time to wander through the Gardens, which, with its stone-pitched waterways and shady paths, include 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 of 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 Centre.

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Walker St., Cooktown, Queensland, 4895, Australia

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Sight Details:

  • Botanic Gardens free, Nature's Powerhouse A$3.50

Published 07/21/2016


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