Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

A Cool Change Is Coming; Step out of the Humidity into Nature's Air-Conditioning and Enjoy an Amazing Sanctuary to Rejuvenate Body and Mind

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

A Cool Change Is Coming; Step out of the Humidity into Nature's Air-Conditioning and Enjoy an Amazing Sanctuary to Rejuvenate Body and Mind

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Byline: WORDS: ANN RICKARD PHOTOS: CAIRNS REGIONAL COUNCIL (MAIN) / TTNQ

No matter how hot and humid it is in Cairns, drive along Collins Avenue in the inner suburb of Edge Hill past the botanic gardens and you instantly feel cooler.

About 10-15 minutes from Cairns Airport or four kilometres from the CBD, the gardens are a luxuriant haven, a tropical paradise within a tropical paradise.

Instantly relaxing, welcoming, green, cool. It's like stepping into nature's air-conditioned garden after being out in the midday sun. And entry is free.

There is a lot to do in the gardens and a guided tour should be your go-to if you want the Full Monty of information. A wide variety of tours will include something to suit you. Stop at the information first and find out what's going on.

We chose to wander on our own, a couple of grandchildren in tow, to slowly take in the lush growth, the verdant abundance, the flourishing plants, the cool trees, the fertile foliage and towering bamboo.

Add in babbling streams, cooling waterways, leafy canopies, plenty of seating beneath shady trees, grassy areas for the children to romp ... and you may never want to step outside again.

The Cairns Botanic Garden Restaurant within the grounds will keep you hydrated and fed with breakfast, brunch or lunch, or for the big weekend experience, a Sunday champagne breakfast.

Rare plants and trees throughout the gardens, many of them found nowhere else in the world, include exquisite orchids, tropical fruit trees, and a bevy of ginger plants. Information boards give all the information you need to get to know all the species (if you are up to it ...we think best just to absorb it all naturally, let it have its way with you).

The butterfly sanctuary and fern house with its dazzling orchid displays is a highlight within the gardens. …

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