Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #7 – Cairns Botanic Gardens, Queensland

It’s amazing how the public toilets in the superb Cairns Botanic Gardens are a match for its visual delights!

Set on a rolling green lawn, surrounded by lushly growing tropical plants and flowers, it’s a delight to do business there!!

In addition to the setting, the amenities have a superb view over the expansive and relaxing lawns, dotted with chairs, backpackers, prams, grey nomads and the like.
The Jade Vine – with unusual, truly green flowers – hangs over the convenience block, cunningly disguising its true purpose …
It flowers in August – at least it did in both 2009 and 2010 when we visited – and turns the setting from superb to sensational!
To make your visit even more worthwhile, the nearby Botanic Gardens cafe serves a truly amazing dessert of icecream, cream, chocolate sauce, chocolate pieces, cherries, raspberry sauce and marshmallows served over a waffle that my mate and I devoured (on our 2009 visit) to the horror of some nearby overseas tourists – who took photos!  I guess to show the disgusting behaviour of the natives …
I believe it was still on the menu when we returned this year, but once was enough!  Not enough to visit this enchanting wet tropics garden though – it’s an absolute must if you’re in the area!
Stay awhile!
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8 comments

  • Hey Betty! I don’t think there are many other truly green flowers! My weekend is nearly over – hope the rest of yours is fab!

  • Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY

    Wow that Jade vine is awesome!
    Love the photos..it looks like I could step into the computer and be there.
    Great post!

    Hope you’re having a good weekend!
    Betty xx

  • @River – it’d be great to stay in such a beautiful spot, especially after everyone else has left for the day!!

  • If I hadn’t read the post, I would have thought that pretty little building was someone’s hideaway holiday cabin. It’s so pretty. Hard to believe it’s a toilet.
    Years ago, I planned on moving to Cairns when I retired, but since then I’ve become unable to comfortably handle humidity, so I’ll be staying here.

  • @Jayne – Pass on the waffle by all means, but the rest of the CBG Cafe menu is excellent! As is the setting …
    @Andrew – You sure did! Now aren’t you glad you’re reading my blog before your round OZ trip?!?!
    @LV – Likewise! Always a pleasure!!

  • I wish it were possible for me to visit there. I would truly love it. Always happy to see where you have stopped by my blog.

  • I’ve been to Cairns twice and never seen the Botanic Gardens. Seems like I missed something.

  • Oooooooo, that Jade vine is lovely!
    Think I’ll pass on the waffle 😛

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