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Published May 27th 2021
Take a walk in the Heritage listed Queens Gardens
Queens Gardens are the oldest botanic gardens and heritage-listed in Townsville. Queens Gardens are located at the base of the massive pink granite monolithic of Castle Hill. The gardens offer a quiet and cool place for a walk and to observe the many plants, trees, flowers and birds.
Queens Gardens and in the background is the monolithic pink granite Castle Hill. Photo by Author.
The gardens feature a diverse array of plants and interesting collections from around the world.The gardens are subdivided into special areas dedicated to rainforest, succulents, cactus, palms, frangipani and Moreton Bay Figs.
Queens Gardens were established in 1870 as part of the Acclimatisation Garden. At the times of the colonisation, edible plants were trialled in the gardens for potential food for the settlement.
Queens Gardens are about 151 years old. Photo by Author.
More than 40 ha of land was dedicated to planting a variety of exotic species, including cocoa, African oil palms and mangoes. It is believed the mango trees were originally from the region between northwestern Myanmar, Bangladesh, and northeastern India.
This compact representation of a tropical rainforest hosts a spreading canopy of Strangler Fig (Ficus virens var. virens), Blue Quandong (Elaeocarpus angustifolius), Milky Pine (Alstonia scholaris) and Raintree (Samanea saman).
Moreton Fig Tree sending all the roots onto the ground. Photo by Author.
The floral emblem of Queens Gardens is represented by a collection of Frangipani (Plumeria), species that occur naturally in the wild. Frangipani is perfect for the dry tropical climate of Townsville and it is a plant that goes back to colonial heritage.
The shade of the trees provide some respite from the heat of Townsville. Photo by Author.
It is easy to spot the leaves in the tree arranged by the green ants to make the nests. These formidable insects work from the outside and the inside to weave the leaf together to make the nests for the colony.
Colonies of green ants in the tree. Photo by Author.