Queens Gardens a Botanical Garden of Townsville City
Queens Gardens are one of the three botanical gardens of Townsville City. Queens Gardens are at the base of Castle Hill in the suburb of North Ward. It is only five minutes from The Strand in Townsville city and the CBD area.
It is a pleasant walk through and around these lovely gardens in Townsville’s glorious weather. A wonderful green shady space to escape the heat of the day. Coming back up the main path, a view of this huge giant pink monolith known as Castle Hill towers over the top of you. It is an amazing view looking up at ‘the Hill’, from this point in Queens Gardens in Townsville city.
Queens Gardens are the oldest of the three Botanical Gardens in Townsville City. The park covers over 4 hectares. The garden is divided into quadrants, each with a central fountain. It has many tropical plant beds with Agaves, Yuccas and related plants. It also features a palm lawn with many different species of Palms and there are huge shady trees throughout the park. There are also two small hedge mazes, a shady bamboo grove with seating of faced rough hewn granite, a cactus and succulent garden, a rose bed and herb garden. Queens Gardens also feature a children’s playground, as well as lovely shady areas on the green lawn for the children to play. Bring your picnic hamper for a picnic in these delightful gardens.
Residents of Townsville City enjoy Queens Gardens for leisure and recreation
Residents of tropical Townsville use this splendid garden/park area for leisure and recreation. The Townsville City Council and community groups utilize its lush green surroundings to stage a variety of special events throughout the year. One such community event is the Eco Fiesta which is held annually in June each year.
In the recent cyclone Yasi that hit this region in February, Townsville city lost some of its oldest trees in this garden, some 150 years old, which is a terrible shame. Fortunately this cyclone caused no loss of life in Townsville, and the gardens have recovered, although not quite as much shade as previously.
Location of Queens Gardens in Townsville City
Queens Gardens are located in the suburb of North Ward on the corner of Gregory and Paxton Street, 1.2 km north of the Townsville city center, and only 5 minutes from The Strand. Entrance to Queens Gardens is off Paxton Street, Gregory Street and Kennedy Lane. Car parking is available on roadside boundaries.
Public Transport – from the CBD to Queens Gardens
The Sunbus provides a regular bus service throughout Townsville city and suburbs.
Visitors are able to catch the 205 Bus from the Walker Street bus stop (between Stanley and Stokes Sts). The 205 bus goes through North Ward. Drop of point near the old hospital site. Only a few minutes walk up Paxton Street to Queens Gardens in tropical Townsville.
Bus Fare from the City
Adult Fare One way $1.70
Castle Hill an icon of Townsville City
Castle Hill is only a few minutes from Queens Gardens. Do not miss the opportunity to drive up Castle Hill to the lookout, which provides wonderful views across the waters of Cleveland Bay to Magnetic Island. From the opposite side of the lookout you can see the Ross River winding its way through Townsville city and out to the the Ross River Dam. In the distance Hervey’s Range and the rocky peaks known as the Pinnacles can be seen.
The Goat Track on Castle Hill Townsville City
Driving back down Castle Hill you may pass a few walkers toiling up the hill. Castle Hill is a popular place for walkers, being one of the few hills in tropical Townsville. It has a particularly steep walk on one side of the hill known as the ‘goat track’. Don’ t try the goat track unless you are very fit and used to hill climbs, as it is very steep. There are lovely ocean views coming back down the Castle Hill road to The Strand.
The Strand beckoned us for a meal of fish and chips by the sea
The ocean beckoned once more. Returning to The Strand for the evening breeze and smell of the ocean, we felt fish and chips a very appropriate meal to finish a wonderful relaxing day. This proved a good choice from the local fish shop opposite The Strand. We found a nice spot on the grass under the palm trees along the promenade, and enjoyed our evening meal overlooking the water. The Strand in the tropical city of Townsville is a great place to chill out and relax at the end of the day.
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