Cairns Botanic Gardens
Cairns Botanic Gardens, which opened in 1886, has one of Australia’s greatest collections of tropical flora. Green thumbs can enjoy a self-guided tour of the multicoloured gardens, which feature over 4,000 different plant types. With jungle and rainforest species from Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and Queensland, the formal Flecker Garden highlights tropical environments from throughout the world. You may walk along the Rainforest Boardwalk to Centenary Lakes, a bird sanctuary with both freshwater and saltwater habitats, from here. Footpaths run from the main gardens to an area of rainforest on Mount Whitfield’s slopes, providing spectacular views of the town and the shore. The Aboriginal Plant Use Garden, a bamboo collection, a fern house, and a Gondwanan Heritage Garden, which tracks the evolution of wet tropics plants in Australia, are among the other features. This is one of the best things to do in Cairns on a budget because admission is free.