Rockhampton Botanical Gardens

  • Phone: 07 4922 4347
  • Address:
    Rockhampton Botanical Gardens
    Rockhampton Botanical Gardens
    Rockhampton, QLD 4700
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Description:

Rockhampton's Botanic Gardens are regarded as among the best in regional Australia. Excellent specimens of palms, cycads and ferns are found throughout the beautifully manicured grounds.

Some specimens are over 100 years old. The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise and provides a perfect location for a relaxing afternoon stroll.

The Botanic Gardens now caters for weddings, private functions and guided tours. Bookings for these services should be made at least a fortnight in advance of the intended event and a fee structure applies. Please contact Botanic Gardens Office for bookings or further information on 07 4922 1654.

Botanic Gardens History

Ninety-six acres of grazing land on the western slopes of the Athelstane Range was set aside for a botanical garden in 1869, under the guidance of the Acclimatisation Society of Queensland. The Society's primary function was the experimentation and cultivation of plants to determine their suitability and economic worth to the region.

Japanese Gardens

Clever landscaping and the use of natural features in the Japanese Gardens create a sense of space, timelessness and tranquility. They were designed by Japanese landscape architect, Kenzo Ogata, and they are a 'must see' when visiting the Gardens.
Hugo Lassen Fernery

Hugo Lassen was a local dentist whose bequest assisted the construction of this outstanding fernery. The fernery was completed in 1939 and was constructed in the form of a large cross. It is one of the most outstanding features of the Gardens.
Cenotaph

The Cenotaph was built in 1924. It honours the men and women who fought in World War I, World War II, the Korean, Malaysian and Borneo campaigns, and the Vietnam War.

Seeds from the Lone Pine at Gallipoli were obtained from the Turkish Government in Australia's Bicentennial Year, and pines from some of these seeds now form part of an avenue to and around the Cenotaph. The Rockhampton City Council has provided trees to other RSL clubs throughout Australia.
Palms and Cycads

The Gardens has an impressive collection of mature palms, and efforts have recently been made to further expand this already noteworthy collection.

At last count there were over 200 species covering more than 60 Genera, and more palm plantings are planned.
Murray Lagoon

In the early days the Murray Lagoon added to the popularity of the Gardens as it served as a swimming hole for local residents until the baths were opened in 1883.

Along with surrounding lagoons, Murray Lagoon supplemented Rockhampton's first water supply. The lagoon is home to a large variety of fish and birds, as well as turtles and eels, and was declared a Fauna Sanctuary in 1902.

The newly refurbished Gardens Tearoom is located under a Giant Banyan Fig (ficus benghalensis). This imposing tree has large aerial roots which help support it's massive spreading branches.

Beyond the Gardens Tearoom, picnic tables and free barbeque facilities have been set up under another of these figs - an ideal spot for a picnic.

The Gardens Tearoom opens daily from 8am - 5pm, 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day). Light refreshments and souvenirs are available, and private functions are also catered for.


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