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Largest and Most Diverse Public Palm Collections
The Palmetum is a 17 hectare botanic garden displaying one of the largest and most diverse public collections of palms in the world. A 1998 Bicentennial Project, this internationally recognised attraction was supported and planned by the Townsville community and organised through the Townsville City Council Parks Services.
The extensive palm collection displayed in a variety of habitats is the main feature of the gardens; Pandanaceae and cacti and succulents are also well represented. Tumbetin Lodge at the main entrance is an example of local heritage architecture and contains a café and visitor facilities. The Ross River Bikeway runs between the gardens and the river.
Botanic collections have been developed in three separate gardens which together form Townsville Botanic Gardens. In addition to the Palmetum are Anderson Gardens in Mundingburra and Queens Gardens in North Ward.
Townsville, North Queensland. Entrance is off University Road, on the south side of Ross River in the suburb of Annandale. Car park is shared with the Good Shepherd Hospice.