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Cairns Botanic Gardens

Cairns Botanic Gardens: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cairns: Night Walk in Cairns Botanic Gardens

1. Cairns: Night Walk in Cairns Botanic Gardens

Experience the rainforest boardwalk of the Cairns Botanic Gardens as the nocturnal creatures wake up for the night with this small group tour. Have a quick safety briefing at the meeting point and start a walking route that has been adapted for the season. Visit a number of host plants that are habitats for regularly seen creatures. Take the opportunity to capture photographs of some nocturnal creatures Find white-lipped tree frogs and northern stony creek frogs. Marvel at busy spiders such as net-casting spiders, garden orb-weavers, and Huntsmans. See critters that only come out at night and usually go unseen. Listen to a chorus of frog croaks, cricket chirps, and cicada buzzes as the rainforest comes alive. Keep your eyes peeled for micro-bats, Papuan frogmouth birds, striped possums, speckled flying foxes, longicorn beetles, Pademelons and Echidnas.

Cairns Aquarium Turtle Hospital and City Sightseeing Tour

2. Cairns Aquarium Turtle Hospital and City Sightseeing Tour

Make your way to the Cairns Aquarium, opens from 10am and start your day with a self-guided tour through the aquarium and explore the ecosystems and habitats of Tropical North Queensland. You will be collected from the aquarium for your afternoon guided sightseeing tour of Cairns and beyond from the entrance of the Cairns Aquarium at 12.45pm You will discover Cairns in air-conditioned comfort with your local guide as you explore the city’s rich history. Get glimpses of its cultural heritage and iconic landmarks. Marvel at the world’s largest themed stained glass windows at Saint Monica’s Cathedral. Enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of the Cairns Museum with free re-entry included. Afterward, indulge in a delicious afternoon Devonshire tea before visiting the Cairns Botanical Gardens. Take delight in the stunning city and mountain views before visiting Lower Barron Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Also visit stunning Palm Cove, one of Cairns' Northern Beaches. You will be taken to your Cairns accommodation at the end of your tour approx 6.00pm

Cairns Botanic Gardens: Mushroom Photography Tour

3. Cairns Botanic Gardens: Mushroom Photography Tour

Photograph some stunning mushroom specimens on this walking tour of he Cairns Botanic Gardens. Let your guide share her passion for kingdom fungi with you on this unique tour. After conducting a short safety briefing, stroll to the gardens to visit your guides favorite go-to spots for fungi. See mushrooms such as stinkhorns, polypores, fans, boletes, ascomycetes (zombies), corals, birdnest fungi and slime molds. Get help with your camera settings, composition ideas, and techniques. Listen as your guide gives you tips and suggestions for capturing amazing images of the mushrooms your encounter. Enjoy taking the only specialized mushroom and fungi photography walking tour in Australia.

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What people are saying about Cairns Botanic Gardens

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Our city tour which included the aquarium, meal and personal guided tours around city and as far as palm cove was excellent. Eric our guide was informative, friendly and very helpful. We would recommend this tour and at the beginning of one’s stay in Cairns as it highlighted other things to explore further.

Really enjoyable and informative walk. Would appeal to all ages and knowledge levels. We were provided with head torches and could hire cameras if we do wished Bridgette sent us information before the trip and then followed up with a very useful species list after the trip.

Very enjoyable and interesting night walk. We saw a well fed bandicoot and many insects and bugs and frogs. If you love photography you will love this. A terrific experience.

Really fun and informative tour with an expert guide, we had a blast and my kids loved it too! They were really proud of the photos they took and felt really included.

Fantastic tour! Guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Gardens were so beautiful and we saw lots of cool little critters. Would definitely recommend!!