The vibrant colors of Cairns Botanic Gardens Queensland

The Cairns Botanic Gardens in Queensland are famous for having one of the best tropical plant exhibitions in Australia.

Although we had been hiking countless times on the trails surrounding the Cairns Botanic Gardens, we never took the time to properly visit the gardens until we were almost ready to leave. The weather had been heating up, I was hunkering down in our apartment with the a/c on full blast while working long hours in the kitchen & planning my move to Tasmania.

One late afternoon though, we ventured out on our bikes. I snapped the macro lens onto my camera, and from the moment I stepped into the gardens I was in the zone. I love plants and animals more than anything, and photographing plants I’d never seen before got me all excited, because lets face it, I get excited a lot.

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The earliest record of the Cairns Botanic Gardens dates back to 1876 when 71 acres were designated for a recreational reserve. The environment is perfect for all of the flora and fauna on display.

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As we walked around admiring the variety of colorful plants, I took little notice of any markings with the names of the particular flowers. I don’t seem to recall all of them being labeled but now you’ll just have to look at the pretty photos. If you know the names of any of these plants please let me know!

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This is more of a visual tour so in case you can’t visit you can be transported there through these photos.

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So much texture.

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The details are sometimes easy to miss, as in the photo below. If you look closely, you’ll see what appears to be a water shower glistening behind the trees, but in fact is a monstrous spider web. I didn’t see the spider anywhere but I assume it was taking a nap after making such a gigantic bug catcher.

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Most people visit Cairns just to get to the Great Barrier Reef, but if you’ve time before you go, check out the Botanic Gardens. Take a picnic. Hike along the trails. Queensland has beauty below the sea- but there is also much to admire back on land.

 

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