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The Palmetum

About The Palmetum

The Palmetum is a haven for botanical enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Featuring over 360 species of plants from the palm family Arecaceae, visitors can explore and discover a vast array of flora from different habitats. In particular, the collection boasts roughly 60 species that are native to Australia, making it a great place to learn and appreciate the country’s unique biodiversity. Moreover, the botanic garden also showcases other families of plants, namely the Pandanaceae, cacti, and succulents, providing visitors with a diverse and fascinating tapestry of nature to explore. With so much to see and learn, the Palmetum is not just a garden but a living classroom that offers a glimpse into the wonders of our natural world.

The entrance to this stunning area can be found just off University Road, on the south side of Ross River, in the scenic suburb of Annandale. Sprawling across 17 hectares of undulating topography, this area intersects a meandering semi-permanent watercourse and minor tributaries, creating a unique and diverse landscape.

palm trees at the palmetum

What to do at The Palmetum

Tucked away at the entrance of The Palmetum is the charming Tumbetin Lodge, with a history stretching back to its creation in 1934 as the St. Francis Xavier School for the Roman Catholic Church. Today, the lodge immerses visitors in some of the most breathtaking natural scenery the region has to offer, including the Xerophytic Zone’s cacti and succulent garden. Surrounded by local granite boulders, the garden boasts an array of arid land plants from different corners of the planet, including Africa, Madagascar, and the Americas. Meanwhile, the newly-built rainforest bridge provides a picturesque crossing point for pedestrians and light vehicles alike, optimizing the stunning tropical rainforest surroundings for photo opportunities at special events like weddings.

If you’re a fan of palm trees, then a visit to The Palmetum is an absolute must. Spanning 17 hectares, this impressive Botanic Garden boasts one of the world’s largest and most diverse public collections of palms. The grounds have been carefully crafted to mimic a range of natural habitats, from dry tropics to wet tropical lowlands. But plant life is just one aspect of this stunning attraction. Keep an eye out for the many bird species that call The Palmetum home, and be sure to pick up a ‘Birds of the Palmetum’ brochure from the lodge so you can identify them all. Whether you’re a nature lover or just looking for a peaceful, relaxing spot, The Palmetum is a true paradise.

botanic garden

One local company in Townsville involved in this tourist attraction is:

Name: Superior Concrete Townsville

Address: 24 Mackley St, Garbutt QLD 4814

Phone: (07) 4448 3162