Cooktown Botanic Gardens and Gallop Botanic Reserve

Cooktown, Cook Area

Nature's Powerhouse Visitor Information Centre at the Cooktown Botanic Gardens provides all the information you need to explore this site. Established in 1878 as the Gallop Botanic Reserve, it comprises a formal botanic garden, and a substantial natural forest and ocean frontage.

It commemorates the work of naturalists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander on HMS Endeavour who collected and documented botanical specimens from the district in 1770. A century later Cooktown was the main port for the Palmer River gold fields. Thousands of Chinese landed here, later settling in Cooktown. The Chinese had market gardens here and produced charcoal from timber felled on site.

After the declaration of a botanical reserve, a road was built, a nursery established and trees and shrubs ordered from the Acclimatisation Society in Brisbane. During the 1890s, stone lined paths, stone pitched pools and stone-work bridges were built and the nursery supplied ornamental trees for Cooktown. The gardens suffered in the 1907 cyclone, were closed after World War One and were not rebuilt until 1979. The gardens now boast an exotic plant section, a palm garden, a native plants section and 'Solander's Garden' which is used by tourists and locals for recreational and educational purposes.

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Australia Day Awards Quilpie

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
26 January 2018
Come and celebrate Australia Day and the presentation of the Australia Day Awards at Bulloo Park! Plenty of entertainment for the kids and adults with Blue Light Disco games plus great music with DJ Mike Castles.

Charleville Races

Charleville, Murweh Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 10 March 2018
They're off and racing again in Charleville. Country horse races are always a lot of fun for everyone. The fashions, the thrill of backing the winner and the nonstop entertainment are all that's needed for a great day out.

Quilpie Cup

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
From AU$15 - 15
5 May 2018
Come along to the Quilpie Diggers Race Club Race Meeting in May and experience country racing in all its glory. With great prizes for both the race program and the "Fashions on the field", it's hard to know where the greatest competition will be.

Charleville Show Rodeo

Charleville, Murweh Area
From AU$20 - 20
19 May 2018
In true outback style get dust between your toes at Annual Charleville Show Rodeo. The action and excitement is non-stop and fast paced; just who can stay on for that elusive 8 seconds.

Charleville Show Races

Charleville, Murweh Area
Monthly from 19 May 2018
They're off and racing again in Charleville. Country horse races are always a lot of fun for everyone. The fashions, the thrill of backing the winner and the nonstop entertainment are all part of a Charleville Race Day.

Quiplie Polocrosse Carnival

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
30 June – 1 July 2018
Looking for an action packed weekend?! Well look no further than the Quilpie Polocrosse Carnival being held Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July 2018. Games kick off Saturday morning and run through to Sunday afternoon where the best of the best will play in the finals.

Half Way There - Charleville Shindig

Charleville, Murweh Area
Free Entry
6 July 2018
On your way to the Big Red Bash and need somewhere to overnight? Call in at Charleville and enjoy a street party with food stalls and a whole lot more. Be entertained by local artists and musicians. Where are you half way to?

Kangaranga Do Street Party

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
28 August 2018
On your way to the Birdsville Races? Then join in the fun at the annual Quilpie Kangaranga Do Street Party! From 6pm until midnight, this is a fun filled family night out! This years event will feature the ever popular "get your rocks off competition", bath tub derby, wool bale rolling, great prizes, stalls, food and bar until late, kids activities and live entertainment!

Quilpie and District Show and Rodeo

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
From AU$15 - 15
8 September 2018
Looking for a fun filled family day out? Look no further than the Quilpie and District Show and Rodeo on Saturday 9th September. With fashion parades, stalls of all kinds, a sideshow alley, entertainment for the kids, an all day bar and canteen and show pavilion.

Pride of the West

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
28 – 29 September 2018
Make your way to Quilpie's Bulloo Park for the Quilpie Diggers Race Club annual Pride of the West Festival. The weekend kicks off on Friday with the two handed cutting and music and bar until late. On Saturday head track side for a great day of country racing.
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