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Nature's Powerhouse

Finch Bay Rd, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5763
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Delicious morning tea!

We came too early before the Centre was open so we strolled around the gardens. Whilst there was... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2018
Marcia B
,
Wongaling Beach, Australia
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Natures Powerhouse

This is a great tourist place. There is a lively cafe, with really healthy food options. Two... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2018
LInda B
,
Redland City, Australia
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Nature's PowerHouse, a large interpretive centre stunningly situated within Cooktown's historic Botanic Gardens, houses the nationally significant Vera Scarth-Johnson botanical illustrations, a natural history display, gift store, and café, as well as being the Cook Shire Visitor Information Centre.
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  • Very good35%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Finch Bay Rd, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

We came too early before the Centre was open so we strolled around the gardens. Whilst there was not a lot of flowering plants the trees where amazing. We decided to come again on another day so that we could see Vera Scarth-Johnsons artwork and...More

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Barbara L, Manager at Nature's Powerhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Marcia B. We are very happy that you enjoyed your morning tea and visit. I am also glad that our staff member was able to find out the information you wanted. While most of our staff and volunteers are knowledgeable about Vera's botanical...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

This is a great tourist place. There is a lively cafe, with really healthy food options. Two gallery areas, with good art. Really helpful staff that advised us on how to get places, maps available. The botanical gardens are truly wonderful. The age and enormity...More

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Barbara L, Manager at Nature's Powerhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Many thanks Linda B .... we are very glad you enjoyed yourself here!

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

A bit disappointed that this was not open during the peak holiday period, such a shame as I'm sure I wasn't the only who experience this.More

Thank Michelle M
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Barbara L, Manager at Nature's Powerhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

Hi Michelle Our usual opening hours are 9:30am - 4:00pm 7 days a week. We closed over Christmas [from 24 December] to give our hardworking staff and volunteers a break and re-opened on 2 January . From October until after the wet season, local organisations...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Natures powerhouse is the café and shop associated with the botanical gardens . The café is good and the staff friendly and helpful . there is an interesting art gallery of botanical drawing to see. The botanical gardens was surprisingly tiny but worth a look.

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Reviewed 20 December 2017

We had delicious food and drinks for lunch. The staff are very friendly. The artworks in the gallery were all very beautiful. We went for a walk around the gardens and to finch beach, which was nice - be warned, there are many mozzies and...More

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Barbara L, Manager at Nature's Powerhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2017

Many thanks for your lovely comments - we are happy that you are happy!! By the way we offer people insect repellent for their walk through the gardens if they need it to help keep the little blighters at bay. The joys of the tropics...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

The brochure looks great but unless one is very interested in the origins of the plants the pictures display very little to see. The gardens were quite nice but signage is a little tiredMore

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Barbara L, Manager at Nature's Powerhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Hi Julie, Cook Shire is currently developing a master plan for the renewal of landscaping and signage for the historic Cooktown Botanic Gardens - the 2nd oldest botanic gardens in Queensland. At Nature's PowerHouse we currently have 2 exhibitions - one by artists from HopeVale...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2017

Whilst in Cooktown, we met up with my niece, my brother, my toddler great nephew and my baby great niece for a wander around the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and lunch. The gardens were absolutely glorious and it was here that I learned Daniel Solander was...More

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Management response:Responded 25 August 2017

Hi Kate, Thanks so much for your very thorough and thoughtful review detailing the amazing features our venue have to offer. We pride ourselves on being able to cater to all walks of life and appreciate the time you have taken to sample and highlight...More

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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

The gardens are laid out with any easy walk through them The cafe & info centre are also quite impressive with friendly helpful staff. There are also some resident frogs which live in the alfresco dining area ... So just look before you sit. We...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

This beautiful garden is hidden down a side road from the Main Street of Cooktown, it is a bit of a walk from the center of town. We went at dusk and there was plenty of lighting to walk the main trails. We saw kangaroos...More

Thank Karenn C
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Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

The gardens are a great way to relax and unwind. The plants represent the area well. The walks lead to some great little bays and the cafe has great food and coffee. Look out for the resident green tree frog!

Thank Liz G
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