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Cooktown Botanic Gardens

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Australia - QLD - Cooktown

Institution Code: COOK

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Cooktown Botanic Gardens

Heritage listed, the gardens were established in 1868 in the Gallop Botanic Reserve on the edge of Cooktown and contains walking trails to Finch Bay and Cherry Tree Bay. The major collection is the Banks & Solander collection, living specimens of those collected in 1770 by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander on board the Endeavour with Captain Cook. Other sections include Fruit Trees, a Palmetum, Bushfoods, Timber Trees, Australian Natives,Wetlands, Open Forest, Syzygiums and Society for Growing Australian Plants section.

Main Address:
Cooktown Botanic Gardens
Walker St
P.O. Box 3
QLD 4895 Australia

Telephone: 0417857996
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Tony Roberts
    Curator's Name: Tony Roberts
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Tony Roberts
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 3
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Date founded: 1878
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 62 Hectares
    Latitude: -15.4706637
    Longitude: 145.261143
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:50 % of collection is Australian flora. Palmetum. Display of species collected by Banks and Solander in Cooktown in 1770. Economic plants such as teak, tamarind, breadfruit, cashew and mango. Ornamental trees and shrubs. Bush Foods collection. Timber Trees. Developing Aroid garden, Syzygium section, Spice garden, Wetlands.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes