#10 Queens Gardens, Townsville, Qld
Today, the gardens are mostly comprised of ornamental tropical plants, providing a cool haven to retreat to from the city centre 1km south. However, some of the original plants such as the hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) and the black bean tree (Castanospermum australe), can still be found.
Set against the cliffs of Castle Hill, an iconic granite monolith in the heart of the city, and with the water’s edge just in front, these gardens are truly picturesque.
Look out for: The rain tree (Samanea saman) at the Kennedy Lane entrance, believed to be 120 to 140 years old, and a disfigured hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii), courtesy of cyclones Althea and Yasi.