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Nature's Powerhouse

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Address: Walker Street, Cooktown, Queensland 4895, Australia
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+61 7 4069 6004

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Beautiful setting

This is a stunning newish building set in the Botanical Gardens and which houses beautiful prints of botanical drawings from Cook's expedition and also superb pastels in the Vera... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 August 2016
Barbara B
Gympie, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

A nice spot to have a cool break. With a small friendly cafe and gallery of local artists, it's a good place to chill out, especially after a stroll through the Botanic Gardens. You don't have to love plants to enjoy this spot.

Thank Wendy0704
Gungahlin, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit well maintained, lovely walk, just be wary of the day you visit sadly we wen on a Monday and the centre was not open

Thank LynneSusanne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed our peaceful visit to the gardens today. Enjoyed a cuppa with home made cakes on the lovely deck. The gardens are beautiful, would love to see them in full flower!!

Thank ILT_NQ
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

This place was not open at 9.45am and it was the 2nd time that happend. The older lady doesn't seem to know the place should be open at that time. When we left she was still lookinh for a remote of something.. I have been there before, a few years ago and it was really worth while... Can not say... More 

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Gympie, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is a stunning newish building set in the Botanical Gardens and which houses beautiful prints of botanical drawings from Cook's expedition and also superb pastels in the Vera Scath-Johnson gallery. Her botanical art is superb.

Thank Barbara B
Albury, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Here as part of a group and the new community owners did a lovely light meal for us and then we were able to look at the wonderful botanical exhibition highlighting some of the work of Joseph Banks. We were particularly excited by the botanical art works of Vera Scarth-Johnson sitting side by side with the same specimens done by... More 

Thank Shirley D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

This place is sensational. Reasonably priced, good food for lunch and a range of good leaf teas to drink. The art is challenging and helps to subvert the triumphalist white exploration tropes which can become a bit tiresome. And it's all in the confines of the wonderful Botanic Gardens. An absolute highlight of Cooktown.

Thank billw945
Gold Coast Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

A very pleasant walk amongst mature trees with information and well kept gardens. Take time to sit on a bench and look around and just listen to nature at its best. An information centre with a short history of the area relating to Joseph Banks. A cafe that wasn't open because the workers wouldn't come in. Loss of income.

Thank Gary M
Moncton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We did the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and Nature’s Powerhouse last week when we were exploring the area. The grounds are magnificent, one of the best we have seen so far in our drive around Australia and the Powerhouse gallery is wonderful with the illustrations by the artists aboard the Endeavour which were rich and gorgeous. This is a must see... More 

Thank JGDynamo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

This was a real treat. We had one of those wet days so couldn't do the grounds justice. What we did see was beautiful and well maintained. I would recommend any visitors to Cooktown to spend a couple of hours wandering through.

Thank colinWaitomo

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