The Palmetum, located on Nathan Street in Douglas, features only plants in the palms family within 25 hectares of botanical gardens. Strolling along the boardwalk you follow the parks wetland path, encompassing a small inlet from Ross River.
Palmetum showcases a range of habitats suiting flora originating from the dry topics through to the wet tropical lowlands. In addition to the recreated habitat types, you will enjoy expansive lawns, enchanting water features and numerous bird species. Large mango trees shading the rainforest walk are remnants of the areas earlier a mango orchard and dairy farming days.
View the garden’s extensive collection of all six subfamilies within the family Arecaceae, totalling around 300 species. Approximately 300 palm species are native to Australia, with many being considered rare and threatened in their natural habitat. With around 50% of all species at Palmetum found naturally in Australia, the planetarium is a unique and diverse experience.
The Palmetum was officially opened in September 1988 as a Bicentennial project. Townsville’s Japanese sister city Tokuyama funded the initial development of the Licuala Walk and Tokuyama Garden, which was completed in 1996. Palmetum has continually expanded over the years with new palm varieties and scenic walks being added and created.
Visitors can’t help but agree The Palmetum is an exotic and attractive feature of our city, and a significant botanic achievement. The changing face of the developing Palmetum allows people to return year after year and still be delighted with the seasonal changes that continue to occur.
Tumbetin Lodge, built in 1934 in Railway Estate for the Roman Catholic Church, is an example of local heritage architecture. Until 1975, it was used as the St Francis Xavier School and in 1993 was relocated to its current site. The building is constructed predominately of the highly valued Australian silky oak.
Blackhawk Memorial was completed in 1997 and is dedicated to 18 soldiers who lost their lives in a training exercise. The accident occurred at High Ranges Training Area and is a definite must to see on any visit to Palmetum.
The gardens are open from sunrise to sunset every day, with facilities including public conveniences, information, art exhibitions, meeting rooms and The Palmetum Restaurant and Tea Rooms. Make sure you to take a phone or camera to capture some of the many exquisite photo opportunities.
Learn about Magnetic Island
Learn more about Ansell Chiropractic