If you want to know more about the plants and animals in the Botanic Gardens we recommend you take a tour.

Guided tours

The Friends of the Botanic gardens conduct free, guided tours of Flecker Gardens from 10am each weekday. Tours will recommence on Monday 27 February 2017. Tours generally take an hour. If you want to join a tour, simply meet up with your guide outside the Friends House.

Private guided walks for tour groups can arranged by the Friends of the Botanic Gardens. Bookings are essential and charges may apply. You can contact the Friends by:

Phone +61 (07) 4032 3900, or
Email: fobgcairns@bigpond.com

Educational guided walks for schools and other educational institutes are free. Bookings are limited so book well in advance. Please use our school booking form or send us an email gardens@cairns.qld.gov.au.

Audio tours

It's easy to while away the afternoon at the Cairns Botanic Gardens exploring the many paths winding through lush tropical plantings.

For those visitors who want a little more information about what they are seeing and experiencing we have a series of audio tours that allow you to use your mobile device and be your own tour guide.

Download or play the audio files and maps

Virtual tours

As a museum with a living collection, our exhibits, displays and plants are always changing. No two visits are exactly alike!

To get a feel for what you might see when you come visit the Cairns Botanic Gardens, we encourage you take our virtual tour.

You'll get a peek at our Rainforest Boardwalk palm, paperbark and pandanus forests, central Flecker Garden and the Gondwanan Heritage Garden plus more, but the plant displays and exhibits are likely to be different each time you visit the Gardens.

Bird Watching Walk

Available every Tuesday commencing at 8.30am. Recommencing 17 January 2017. Meet at the Friends House, Flecker Garden. Duration - approximately two hours. We recommend you bring binoculars and wear sensible walking shoes.