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Nature's Powerhouse

Finch Bay Road, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5763
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Not what we expected

The brochure looks great but unless one is very interested in the origins of the plants the... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Naracoorte, Australia
via mobile
Awesome family outing.

Whilst in Cooktown, we met up with my niece, my brother, my toddler great nephew and my baby great... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
Beverley, 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.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Finch Bay Road, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5763
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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

Thank juliemE6249UR
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

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

Thank KatetheGreat48
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

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

Thank DoraDid
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
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
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We visited this little gem while looking around Cooktown. Nestled next to the Botanical Gardens this pleasant resting place is a MUST VISIT. Staff very friendly and gave us a complimentary soda water for one of our group that hadn't ordered anything You will like...More

Thank Marshall S
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

We were really disappointed with the cafe there. We understood that they were a staff member short but we waited for approx half hour for two "average" muggacinos and they forgot our cake. Lovely friendly staff and I felt for them but after the wait...More

Thank bmjohno
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

We called in here and spoke to a lady at the information centre. We visited some of the attractions she suggested and took up her suggestion to go to the Trevathen falls. Her directions were spot on and it was so worth the drive. The...More

Thank Melanie A
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We arrived at the kiosk to be actually greeted by a young lady who gave us the best customer service I have had for a long time. Her smile was genuine,not fake like some, and she explained a lot about the park. When we finished...More

1  Thank Gordon E
Management response:Responded 29 April 2017

Hi Gordon, I am so very pleased that you enjoyed our beautiful town and venue, and I would like to thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We look forward to having your company if you make it up this way again,...More

Reviewed 22 April 2017

This building is situated in the Cooktown Botanic Gardens, and usually features a very good coffee shop operated by the locals - very friendly staff. The building features some good prints of botanical drawings from Cook's expedition and also the superb botanical works of the...More

1  Thank Ian S
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