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Cairns Botanic Gardens - Far North QLD

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Visitor Centre
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Flecker Botanic Gardens
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Dating from 1886, these gardens are known for their collection of more than 100 species of palm trees. they also house many tropical plants.
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The gardens include an area of Queensland rainforest with native birdlife.
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The Centenary Lakes were created in 1976 to commemorate the city's first 100 years.
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there are separate Saltwater
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and freshwater lakes
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It was amazing to see such a varierty of birdlife.
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In the photo above there are Pelican, Royal Spoonbills, Australian White Ibis, straw necked Ibis, Intermidiate Egrits, Little Black Cormorants!
and then, along came this amazing Jabiru
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even bigger than the large Pelicans!
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and with quite a wingspan
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Pelicans
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and around the lakes, were plenty of Scrub Hens
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Ulysses Butterfly
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This brilliant blue butterfly can be seen flying most of the year but is most common from February to May and is found in rainforest areas from Cape York to Sarina in Central Queensland.
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It is one of thirteen species found from the Molucca Islands in Indonesia to the Solomon Islands and Australia.
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Lots of other butterflies were flitting around the Flecker Gardens
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Most of them much better at sittign still than the infamour Ulysses!
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These Choclate Beehive Giner plants caught my eye
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Fishing pole bamboo – these plants are native to China where they are highly valued and have many used, including construction of fishing rods.
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And as always, bush turkeys were busy going about their business
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Tropical Palm Forest
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Alexander palms, Queensland Fan Palms and the climbing palm or Wait-a-whiles thrive in moist swampy soils.
Palm Rattan used for weaving
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The bright red seeds of the Alexander palms are consumed and spread by birds such as the migratory Metallic Starlings and Torresian Imperial Pigeons. Many seeds fall as the base of the palms where they germinate but fail to grow due to insufficient light and space.
The vicious recurved hooks of the Wait-a-Whiles allow this fast growing, climbing palm to reach the canopy and sunlight. The canes of this plant are commonly used in the production of furniture and baskets.
From August to January the bright blue fruits of the Blue Quandong cover the nearby forest floor. They are relished by Cassowaries and various other native animals.
Native ginger, Wild cardamom and Scrub breadfruit are the most successful of the understory inhabitants.

Lowland Paperbark Forest
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Giant Paperbark trees dominate the landscape. These magnificent specimens are the product of several hundred years of growth and their flowers provide nectar and pollen for insects, bats and small marsupials. Rainforest Aboriginals used their bark for covering shelters, constructing bark canoes and to hold food. Native Hibiscus is unable to remain upright in the swampy soil and grows vine-like through and across neighbouring trees.
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Red Arrow Circuit
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Climbs the slopes of the Whitfield Range and on to Mount Whitfield Conservation Park,.
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The steep walk passes through rainforest, eucalypt woodland and grassland and provides views of Cairns city, coastal mangrove forests, the Barron River,
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the airport
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and northern beaches.
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It was a long way up
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but worth the view
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Water Tank Gallery
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As part of the Botanic Gardens, there large old water tanks house various galleries
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Unfortunately, they were closed this day, but it really made me think - what a cool house I could make from one of these discarded relics!!
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Posted by charlystyles 13:21 Archived in Australia Tagged cairns_botanic_gardens

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