Botanic Gardens

Townsville has three unique botanic gardens including Anderson Gardens, Palmetum and Queens Gardens.

Each garden features a diverse array of plants and wildlife and interesting collections from around the world. Retreat to the gardens for a relaxing walk or bike ride and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Only Anderson Gardens is open to vehicles, and all three gardens have walking and cycling trails. For more information on the gardens, see the brochure links below.

Learn more about bird friendly fruits and nectar plants for our tropical bird species with our helpful fact sheets:

Request for foliage from our botanic gardens

Townsville City Council recognises that our community at times may want to request the use of plants and other natural materials from Townsville’s local parks and botanic spaces for cultural, religious, educational and/or scientific purposes. To assist in supporting the local community, the Parks and Open Space team welcomes requests for foliage or items from plants from within Council Parks and Open Space that have a link to cultural, religious, educational and/or scientific purposes.

Friends of the Botanics Pilot Program

The Friends of Botanics pilot program invites community members to volunteer and work alongside our Council staff to beautify our gardens and learn about what is involved in maintaining our Palmetum and Dry Tropics Nursery.

This program aims to promote community involvement and support for our local botanic gardens and encourage participation in activities that enhance the botanical experience,

We are currently seeking volunteers for the Palmetum.

If you would like to put forward your expression of interest to volunteer, please complete form linked below:

Townsville Botanic Gardens Masterplan 2020-2030

Townsville City Council engaged Tract Consultants to develop a 10 year Masterplan for Townsville’s three botanic gardens: Queens Gardens, Anderson Gardens and the Palmetum. Contributed to by the Townsville community through two rounds of public consultation, the final Townsville Botanic Gardens Masterplan 2020-2030 provides council with direction for the future enhancement and investment in three of Townsville’s most significant open spaces. The delivery of the recommendations within the Masterplan will be considered during council’s yearly Capital Budget deliberation process and as funding opportunities arise.