Flecker Botanical Gardens and Centenary Lakes

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Duration: 1-2 hours
Price Guide: $0-$2.40
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Flecker Botanical Gardens and Centenary Lakes

Prices were correct at the time of publication.

Starting the tour

Start from the City square on the corner of Lake and Shields Streets.

Section 1:

Catch the No 7 bus to the Gardens from the bus station in the centre of Lake Street. Buses run every hour; it should take you about 10 minutes altogether. Call (07) 40 577 411 to check bus timetables. Tickets should cost you around $2.40.


The central section of Sheridan Street is home to Rusty’s Markets; having run every weekend for generations, this should not be missed. As you head further out of the city Sheridan Street becomes the Captain Cook Highway, which takes you directly to the airport.

Section 2:

The bus will drop you outside the main entrance, where you can pick up a map and start exploring.


The gardens are open from 8.30am to 5.00pm Mon-Fri, 8.30-5.30 on weekends. Admission is free! Call (07) 4044 3398 for more information.

Section 3:

To get to the Centenary Lakes, exit via the main entrance of the Botanical Gardens and cross the road. From here you can follow a jungle boardwalk through the Lowland Swamp Forest, eventually leading you to the Saltwater Creek. If you follow the left path from here and over the bridge, you will reach both the Saltwater and Freshwater Lakes (there are maps of this area available in the gardens or on the bridge).


The Centenary Lakes is a nature reserve that consists of two lakes, one freshwater and one saltwater, mangroves, native plants and wildlife – this areas is teeming with over 136 species of birds, so is frequented by bird watchers.

I was told there are crocodiles in the saltwater lake, but I didn’t manage to spot any … but then again, seeing as the footpath was level with the water, I didn’t particularly want to!

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